Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pastoral Counseling 2018-05-03T13:04:01+00:00

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pastoral Counseling

Degree Prerequisite: Bachelor in Arts degree in Christian Counseling, Pastoral Ministry, Biblical Studies, any Christian studies program, Mental Health Counseling, or a related mental health profession from an approved and accredited college or university.

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling graduates should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in key program components, such as, the analysis of the theoretical/theological underpinnings of mental health and pastoral counseling, the evaluation of pastoral counseling theories/practices, and the application of human growth/development theories in the context of pastoral counseling;
  2. The ability to apply Biblical hermeneutics to the discipline of diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology, as well as, proficiency in comparative analysis of Biblical worldview and the secular as it pertains to issues of human sexuality, diversity, legal, ethical considerations, and professional standards;
  3. The ability to apply group theories/practice in the context of pastoral counseling, application of different modes of counseling assessments, research and program evaluations;
  4. The ability to assess and counsel substance abuse clients and provide pastoral counseling in community settings; and
  5. The program proficiencies through project designs, research, defending, and writing scholarly papers.

Breakdown of Core Curriculum

MHS 5404 Theoretical Underpinnings of Mental Health Counseling 3 Credits
MHS 6700 Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling 3 Credits
THE 5406 Pastoral Counseling Theories 3 Credits
MHS 5441 Marriage and Family Counseling Theories 3 Credits
MHS 5340 Career Development in Counseling 3 Credits
MHS 5482 Human Growth and Development 3 Credits
MHS 6442 Couples Counseling 3 Credits
MHS 6450 Psychotherapy and Substance Abuse 3 Credits
MHS 5426 Social and Cultural Diversity 3 Credits
MHS 6470 Human Sexuality 3 Credits
MHS 6427 Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology 3 Credits
MHS 6800 Practicum 3 Credits
SDS 6411 Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents 3 Credits
MHS 6222 Individual Evaluation and Assessment 3 Credits
MHS 6881 Internship I 3 Credits
MHS 6020 Counseling in Community Settings 3 Credits
MHS 6511 Group Theories and Practices 3 Credits
MHS 6882 Internship II 3 Credits
MHS 5350 Research and Program Evaluation 3 Credits
MHS 6970 Thesis 3 Credits
    Total: 60 Credits