Candidacy indicates that the student has successfully completed the first stage of the program (12 credits) and is ready for more advanced coursework and field experiences. Students enrolled in the M.S. in Pastoral Counseling Program may apply for candidacy after they have completed 12 hours of coursework. If, on the basis of academic work, as well as interpersonal ability, the faculty believes the student has the ability to become a successful pastoral counselor, candidate status will be awarded. It is possible that problems may appear in a student's performance after admission to candidacy that could affect his or her ability to be an effective counselor. Husson reserves the right to require counseling or other corrective activities if it becomes aware of such issues at any time during the student's academic program.

Comprehensive Examination

Students must take a comprehensive examination. A student may take the Comprehensive Examination upon completion of all of the Counseling Core Courses with a grade of "B" or better.

In order to take Internship, the student must have passed the Comprehensive Examination and been admitted to Candidacy.