Counseling Program Objectives

Grand Rapids Theological Seminary counseling graduates excel as empathetic, compassionate and character-driven leaders in our world for Christ. As a result, they demonstrate lifelong commitments toward learning, serving and leading which set them apart in their respective ministry and vocational contexts.

Rigorous Academic Training

To help develop biblically and culturally informed counseling practitioners, our Master of Arts in Counseling curriculum and course work requirements are designed to help you achieve counseling core and biblical core learning objectives.

Counseling Core Learning Objectives

  • State a personal philosophy of counseling that reflects awareness of your personal beliefs, foundational theories and worldview integration.
  • 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.
  • Articulate and apply effective counseling strategies reflecting practical techniques and multicultural applications.
  • Demonstrate understanding and competency in the use of testing instruments and research interpretation in appraisal and diagnosis.
  • Demonstrate theoretical understanding and basic competency in career development counseling.
  • Exhibit understanding and compliance with the legal requirements and ethical codes of the counseling profession.

Bible and Theology Core Learning Objectives

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

Educational Effectiveness*

We take seriously our responsibility to deliver on the promise to provide excellence in graduate theological education. Expert faculty, flexible scheduling and the support of a diverse learning community help ensure you receive the academic preparation and practical experience you need to thrive in your career.

Vocational Readiness

  • 94% of Master of Arts in Counseling students achieved the highest outcome (i.e., making good progress in readiness for ministry) at the mid-point assessment.
  • 97% of Master of Arts in Counseling students achieved the highest outcome (i.e., making good progress in readiness for ministry) at the exit assessment.

Degree Completion

  • 64% of Master of Arts in Counseling students who begin a degree progress to degree completion.

Vocational Outcomes

  • 83% of Master of Arts in Counseling alumni have obtained their Limited License or Full License as a Professional Counselor (LLPC/LPC).

*This data was taken from the results of a variety of surveys and other evaluative instruments administered in recent years at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary.