HELPING THOSE IN NEED.

The Master of Arts in Counseling degree develops a student's competency in the skills essential to the practice of counseling, basic skills in biblical and theological interpretation, and the academic basis for state licensure. Upon completion of this program you will qualify for your Limited License as a Professional Counselor (LLPC) in Michigan, as well as many other states.

Could I be a counselor?

This is a question that everyone who considers counseling has to wrestle with. Answering some of the following questions may give you some insight as to whether you might make a good counselor:

  • Are you passionate about helping hurting people find hope in a broken world?
  • Do you want to help individuals and families through difficult times?
  • Does your heart break for the pain that people experience in daily life?
  • Are you excited to share the love of Christ with those who need it most?
  • Do you like to listen and help individuals work through big decisions?
  • Are you interested in helping those with mental illness learn how to thrive?

At the heart of a counselor is the desire to help people overcome brokenness and pursue wholeness in life. Counselors are professionals who minister through a willingness to invest their time and energy in the lives of others. A growing number of churches and ministries are recognizing the need to partner with trained and licensed counselors to care for their people.

  • Overview

    • School: CU Online
    • Division: CU Online
    • Degree Type: Master of Arts
    • Format: Online
    • Location: Grand Rapids

    Admissions Requirements

    • Main Application (free)
    • Official transcripts demonstrating a 2.5 GPA in a completed bachelors degree at an accredited institution. 
      • Mail to: Graduate Admissions at Cornerstone University | 1001 E. Beltline Ave. NE | Grand Rapids, MI 49525
    • Ministry Reference
    • Personal Reference
  • Program Courses

    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 3-4 years. The following documents provide both a 6 credit and a 9 credit layout of how you can complete the program.

    Career Opportunities

    • 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
    • Chaplaincy
    • Pastoral Care

Curriculum

The 69-credit Master of Arts in Counseling includes a core concentration in 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.

Students will also have the ability to choose an area of interest to specialize in:

Convenience and Flexibility

With course offerings online, you will maximize your educational experience while still maintaining your work and family life. Just two times during the program, you’ll join your cohort on campus for a 3-day intensive (Thursday – Saturday). This will allow personal interaction, in class experience, and relationship building to launch your cohort and then again to reconnect after the first year.

The 6 days you spend on campus will enhance your educational experience without causing disruption to your other commitments.

Online counseling classes will be taken in an 7-week online format. Bible and theology classes will run concurrently in a 15-week format. This allows students to complete the program in 3-4 years!

The Master of Arts in Counseling program is also available in a residential format through Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.

STUDENT LEARNING OBJECTIVES

Core Curriculum

  1. Conduct basic biblical interpretation and application with reference to the English Bible texts.
  2. State a basic understanding of the primary elements of Christian theology.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge, values and practices essential to personal spiritual formation.

Counseling Major

  1. State a personal philosophy of counseling that reflects awareness of personal beliefs, foundational theories, and worldview integration.
  2. Facilitate the counseling process for individuals, groups and/or families by providing consultations that foster awareness, growth and restoration that is based on established client centered goals and a sound systemic framework.
  3. Articulate and apply effective counseling strategies reflecting practical techniques and multicultural applications.
  4. Demonstrate understanding and competency in the use of testing instruments and research interpretation in appraisal and diagnosis.
  5. Demonstrate theoretical understanding and basic competency in career development counseling.
  6. Exhibit understanding and compliance with the legal requirements and ethical codes of the counseling profession.