The Master of Arts in Counseling is designed to develop competency in foundational counseling theories and skills, the professional dispositions essential to the practice of counseling, the academic base for professional licensure in the State of Michigan (and various other states via individualized program design), along with basic skills in biblical and theological interpretation.
The Master of Arts in Counseling is a 69 semester hour degree program consisting of an 18-hour core in Bible and theology, a 42-hour core in counseling and a 9-hour counseling specialization (e.g., Addictions Counseling, Trauma Counseling, Multi-State Licensure or Interdisciplinary). The counseling core includes counseling philosophy and theory, techniques and skill development and participatory learning through a practicum and two internships.
Applicants for this degree should possess a minimum 2.5 cumulative undergraduate grade point average from an accredited baccalaureate institution. Upon completion of our top-ranked program, you will qualify to apply for your Limited License as a Professional Counselor (LLPC). Graduates of this degree program have the option to receive a diploma from Grand Rapids Theological Seminary or Cornerstone University.
Starting in the fall 2020 semester and going forward, we are moving to a HyFlex approach to the classroom experience. HyFlex means hybrid-flexible, and this course design model combines three different learning modalities into one class.
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. Professional counselors support people through their clinical expertise and willingness to invest their time and energy in the lives of others.
- School: Grand Rapids Theological Seminary
- Division: Counseling
- Degree Type: Master of Arts
- Format: On-Site, Anytime
- Location: Grand Rapids
- Program Length: 2-4 years
- Credit Hours: 69
- Counseling core (39 credits)
- Specialization (9 credits)
- Bible (12 credits)
- Theology and ministry (9 credits)
- Practicum: 100 hours
- Internship: 600 hours
- Career Options: Private practice counseling, community mental health counseling, human resources, student development, residential treatment centers, chaplaincy or pastoral care
Is Seminary Right for Me?
The M.A. Counseling degree program is offered through Grand Rapids Theological Seminary of Cornerstone University. For admission criteria, degree requirements and program learning outcomes, visit the seminary's M.A. Counseling webpage.