M.A. Counseling

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). 

Program Details

The 69-credit program consists of:

  • 39 Counseling core credits
  • 9 credits of a chosen specialization
  • 12 Bible credits
  • 9 Theology/Ministry credits

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 tuition for the MA Counseling degree program is approximately $11,515 per year. Learn more about Costs and Aid.

Specialization Options 

Degree Outcomes 

  • 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

Course Plan

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 Grand Rapids Theological Seminary or 
Cornerstone University.