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 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.
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.
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 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 specialization is optional for students intending to pursue doctoral study. The 69-credit program consists of:
- 39 Counseling Core Credits
- 9 Credits of Chosen Specializations
- 12 Bible Credits
- 9 Theology/Ministry Credits
- 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
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. 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.