The Master of Arts in Counseling degree develops a student’s basic skills in biblical and theological interpretation, competency in the skills essential to the practice of counseling and the academic base for state licensure. Upon completion of this program you will qualify for your Limited License as a Professional Counselor (LLPC).
The 72-credit program consists of:
- 12 Bible credits
- 12 Theology/Ministry credits
- 39 Counseling Core credits
- 9 credits of a chosen cognate
The counseling concentration includes counseling philosophy and theory, techniques, skill development and participatory learning through a practicum and internship. All students will complete a 100 hour Practicum and 600 hour Internship experience.
A thesis cognate is optional for students intending to pursue doctoral study.
The tuition for the MA Counseling degree program is approximately $35,280. Learn more about Costs and Aid.
- Private Practice Counseling
- Group Counseling
- Doctoral Studies
- Community Mental Health Counseling
- Intensive Outpatient Counseling
- Inpatient counseling
- School Guidance Counseling
- Human Resources
- Student Development
- Church-based Counseling Ministry
- Residential Treatment Centers
- Pastoral Care
Our program checklist breaks this program into modules and lists the courses required for each module. Depending on how many classes you want to take each semester, the average MA Counseling student completes the program in 2-4 years. The average full-time student takes 12 credits per semester; the average part-time student takes 6 credits per semester.
The following document is a sample of how you might arrange courses for the Master of Arts in Counseling degree program. We encourage you to arrange your course plan in a way that will fit your own desired course loads, interests and available dates and times.
Graduates of this degree program have the option to receive a diploma from Cornerstone University or Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.