Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling
Online Degree Overview
The Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling is designed to equip individuals with valuable counseling skills for use in ministry, missions or any other vocation where those skills are essential but a counseling license is not required. The M.A. in Human Services Counseling program is ideal for individuals who are not seeking to become full-time mental-health professionals but frequently fulfill the role of "counselor"—such as teachers, emergency medical personnel, military personnel (especially senior enlisted service members), mentors, coaches, and supervisors. The M.A. in Human Services Counseling provides training and practice in interpersonal skills using a biblical framework and helps to position people for service in the community and church who are skillful and caring and who can help develop the spiritual and emotional well-being of those with whom they interact.
Master's in Human Services Counseling Highlights
Curriculum: View course sequence and descriptions.
Length: 30 credit hours. May be completed in as little as 12 months. Students may begin the program in the fall, spring, or summer semester.
Format: Offered entirely online with a one-week residency requirement.
Results: Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling.
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Features: Emphasis in church, parachurch, and organizational counseling.
Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling graduates will be prepared to add a basic understanding of the field of counseling’s skills and techniques in order to enhance their current professions. Pastors, counselors in other ministry settings, and counseling positions in human services that do not require state licensure will benefit from the coursework of this program. In addition to this, graduates will be prepared to better help develop the spiritual and emotional well-being of those whom they serve.
Master's in Human Services Counseling 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.