Master of Arts in Counseling Degree Programs
with Professional Counselor Eligibility
Online & On-campus Degree Overview
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Regent University’s Master of Arts in counseling degree programs combine contemporary counseling techniques and theories with a solid biblical foundation for a spiritual balance in the counseling approach. These programs prepare students for state licensure in one or more of the following categories: Professional Counselor, School Counselor, Marriage and Family Therapist.**
Master of Arts Counseling Program Highlights
Curriculum: View course sequence and descriptions.
Length: 60 credit hours. May be completed in as little as two years. Students may begin the program in the fall or spring semester.
Format: Offered entirely on-campus or online with minimal residency requirements.
Results: Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling with professional counselor licensure eligibility.
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Master of Arts in counseling program graduates will be prepared for subsequent career positions within public agencies, private practices, schools (elementary, middle and high school settings), and mental health facilities. Those desiring further study will be poised for the pursuit of doctoral degrees including the Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision.
Master of Arts in counseling program graduates will be able to:
- To provide leadership in the integration of sound and ethical clinical practice, skills and techniques, and biblically based values.
- To promote the enhancement of accurate self-awareness and understanding.
- To encourage professional development through participation and leadership in professional organizations.
- To provide studies in the core areas of counseling knowledge and skills to include the following: human growth and development, social (family systems) and cultural foundations, helping relationships (including skills and techniques), group work, research and program evaluation, appraisal, career development, personality theories, and professional orientation and ethics.
- To provide studies in the diagnosis and treatment of psychological disorders (addictions, psychopathology).
- To provide comprehensive supervised clinical experience in community agency and school settings.
* The Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program is currently accredited under the 2001 standards for Community Counseling programs as a Community Counseling program. The CACREP 2009 standards combine the Community Counseling and Mental Health Counseling standards into standards for Clinical Mental Health Counseling programs. The SPC intends to seek accreditation for this program as a Clinical Mental Health Counseling program when it comes up for reaccreditation, per CACREP guidelines. The Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling degree program is not yet accredited by CACREP, but is expected to go under review in 2015 at the next accreditation evaluation.
**In accordance with the Commonwealth of Virginia and most other states; be sure to check your state's requirements.