M.A. in Human Services Counseling (Nonlicensure)

The Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling is an online degree that will equip you with dynamic counseling skills for use in ministry, missions or any career where you may practice counseling without a license. You will be armed with training and practice in interpersonal skills, anchored in a biblical foundation, to develop the spiritual and emotional well-being of others — positioning yourself to make a difference serving in the community and the Church.

  • Acquire core knowledge and skills in human growth and development, group work, research and professional ethics.
  • Learn to identify and assist individuals struggling with common life adjustment issues and mental illness.
  • Gain foundational skills for counseling ministries.

Career Opportunities:

  • Outpatient Care Centers
  • Family Service Centers
  • Hospitals
  • Schools
  • Church Counseling Centers

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Delivery Format: Online w/Residency

Total Credit Hours Required: 30

Approved Degree Plan: Click to download PDF

Application Deadlines:

  • Spring: Session C: December 1 | Session D: February 1 
  • Summer: Session E: April 1
  • Fall: Session A: August 1 | Session B: October 1


Master's applicants must:

  • Hold a B.A. or B.S. from a regionally accredited college or university. Desirable degrees include those in counseling, psychology or related human behavioral fields. Other degree fields will also be considered.
  • Have a minimum of a 2.75 GPA for all undergraduate coursework (3.0 preferred).

Application Process:

The Admissions Committee may require a brief Admissions Interview on a case-by-case basis. Interviews are conducted over the phone or Skype with one of our admissions staff and/or SPC faculty members and typically take about 20 minutes .

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Step 2: Application Fee
Option 1: Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee online during the application process via our Miscellaneous Payments Form, or by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Option 2: Attend a graduate School of Psychology & Counseling on-campus or online information session to learn how to streamline your application process, discover financial aid resources and waive your $50 application fee. Please note that application fees paid prior to attending an online or on-campus information session cannot be refunded.

Step 3: Personal Goals Statement
Submit a personal goals statement demonstrating an interest in counseling relative to the HSC program. Please email to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master's Application Pieces.

Step 4: Writing Sample
The admissions committee will evaluate a standardized writing sample for all applicants. Once your online application is complete you can submit the required writing sample through the ETS Criterion Service. This will be an online, timed essay prompt with a pre-determined topic. Applicants will receive immediate feedback on the essay from the ETS Criterion Service and the scores will be sent directly to the SPC Admissions Office. Read detailed instructions.

Step 5: Résumé
Submit a professional résumé or curriculum vitae to include three references with contact information. References should be able to address questions related to character, as well as your interpersonal and relational skills. Please email to the Admissions Office at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master's Application Pieces.

Step 6: Transcripts
Regent University's Office of the Registrar is requesting your official transcripts from your degree-granting institution, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor's degree program. We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript in order to gain you an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Master's Application Pieces

* Please be aware that there are certain institutions from which we cannot request transcripts, including international institutions. You will be notified if we are unable to request your transcript.

Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or email psycounadmissions@regent.edu, should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.



M.A. in Human Services Counseling - $595 per semester hour

Student Fees

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*Rates are subject to change at any time.


The M.A. in Human Services Counseling (HSC) includes a required residency at the end of the program. This residency is held immediately preceding graduation, making it more convenient for distance students to attend both significant events. The residency is offered fully online Monday-Wednesday with an optional in-person component on Thursday – the day before Commissioning.

Unlike the other residency experiences for our online programs, which typically precede the beginning of a new year, most HSC students will pursue their residency at the end of their program. For this reason, it is much more like a capstone experience than an orientation. Residency offers an incredible opportunity to meet your classmates, in many cases for the first time outside of the online environment. You will enjoy occasions to further build upon potentially long-lasting relationships with one another, faculty and staff. In addition, residencies provide wonderful networking and mentoring opportunities for students with faculty and peers.

During residency, you will participate in seminars and other group experiences meant to help you transition from student to graduate. The residency culminates with the school's Commissioning Services, through which the faculty pray for and “commission” graduates for the work to which God has called them.

Students should consider the following residency costs:

1) Transportation

2) Hotel accommodations

3) Some food costs

The School of Psychology & Counseling usually provides lunch and two breaks each day when courses are in session. Students must make their own travel, lodging and other meal arrangements. Information to assist with residency planning is given to students in the spring.

For additional information regarding the HSC residency, please contact Dr. Amy (Dominguez) Trout at atrout@regent.edu


1. Is the GRE required if I already have a master's degree or am enrolled in a master's program?

We do not require the GRE or the MAT for the M.A. in Human Services Counseling program.

2. Am I required to attend full time or may I go at my own pace?

Full time is considered four courses in the spring and fall, and two courses in the summer. Three courses in the spring and fall is full time for our financial aid purposes. Two courses in the spring and fall are required to be allotted 50 percent for the year of our School of Psychology & Counseling (SPC) financial aid. A master's degree must be completed within five years of the beginning of the master's program.

3. How many hours do you recommend a master's student work per week?

Many HSC students work full time and go to school full time since it can be completed in one year and it is a nontraditional format. The online option lends itself nicely to full-time study for full-time employees. School work usually takes approximately 10-15 hours weekly per three-credit course.

4. I didn't major in psychology at the undergraduate level, what do I need to do to make up for this?

We do not require applicants to have majored in psychology at the undergraduate level. We do feel, however, that it is beneficial for applicants to have at least nine credit hours of psychology-related coursework. If you did not major or at least minor in psychology at the undergraduate level, you may want to consider taking additional undergraduate courses. Again, this is not a prerequisite for admission. Recommended courses include: Intro to Psychology, Research Methods/ Statistics, Personality Theory, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Psychological Test & Measurements, Social Psychology and Physiological Psychology.

5. How many applicants do you have each year and how many applicants are admitted?

Each year we admit and enroll about 100 students into all of our master's programs. Last year we received over 300 applications.

6. What is the average age of the students?

The average age of the master's student is 34.

7. What is the path for licensure for graduates from your program?

The HSC is not a licensure program.

8. Can I do the work on my own time?

Most of the work can be done when students find it to be most convenient according to their own schedule —though there are assignment deadlines. However, there are some activities, such as synchronized chats (only happens in certain courses in the program), where a professor may set a certain time for the whole class to meet online together. Professors try to accommodate the difference in time zones, but students should be aware that some flexibility may be necessary.


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