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M.A. in Human Services – Christian Counseling

Counseling from a Christian Foundation

Do you feel called to counseling outside of the formal role as a pastor? This Master of Arts (M.A.) in Human Services – Christian Counseling is a non-licensure degree that will give you counseling strategies, techniques, and caregiving activities from a Christian perspective. Courses are taught with a combination of real-time interaction with professors, small-group projects, podcast lectures, and asynchronous chat room discussions.

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May 10, 2021
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Empower Your Calling

Understand human behavior and practice proven counseling techniques.

Expand Your Career Potential

Gain solutions-focused people skills to address specific, real-world problems in your profession.

Be Mentored by Respected Faculty

Learn how to anchor your work in science and faith, together.

You will earn a Christian counseling degree online under the instruction of seasoned professors in Virginia Beach and beyond.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

Upon completion of the M.A. in Human Services – Christian Counseling degree, you will be able to:

  • Examine models of inner healing and forgiveness, crisis counseling and community trauma.
  • Analyze legal, ethical and liability issues while discussing specific treatment issues.
  • Explore personality theories, and learn to apply a wide variety of psychotherapies.

Career Opportunities

  • Human Services Manager
  • Life Coach
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Church Development Coordinator
  • Youth & Family Advocate
16%
Projected growth in social and human services employment from 2016-2026

Continuing experiential application of significant personality theories and practice of more advanced counseling skills. Overview of the techniques and practices derived from the major psychotherapeutic systems relevant to these more advanced skills. Emphasis on the demonstration, modeling, practice and evaluation of these core skills and techniques. Prerequisite: HSC 524. Cross-listed with MHPS 625.

Introduction to basic lay counseling intervention strategies, techniques, and supportive care-giving activities. Examines such topics as conflict resolution, negotiation and mediation, anger management, mentoring, grief counseling, and solution-focused interventions. Presents a multicultural focus as it relates to intervention strategies and ministry.

Continuation of Models & Strategies with more advanced lay counseling intervention strategies, techniques, and supportive care-giving activities. Examines such topics as models of inner healing and forgiveness, critical incidents and crisis counseling, community trauma and disaster, chaplaincy issues, and stress/burnout issues. Presents a multicultural focus as it relates to intervention strategies and ministry. Cross-listed with PAC 561 and MHPS 761.

A survey of the Bible, Christian theology, and Christian history for individuals in the human services field. Provides a global and historical survey of the Christian faith with consideration of applied theology and pastoral care. Cross-listed with PAC 577 and PSY 777.

2020-21 Semester Check-In Deadlines:

All new students are expected to check-in for the semester two weeks before the session start date. Students should apply, be accepted, enroll in their first courses, and confirm a plan to pay for their courses prior to this date.

SessionSemester Check-InSession Start Date
Session AFriday, August 14Monday, August 24
Session MFriday, September 11Monday, September 21
Session BFriday, October 16Monday, October 26
Session CTuesday, January 5Monday, January 11
Session TFriday, January 29Monday, February 8
Session DFriday, March 5Monday, March 15
Session EFriday, April 30Monday, May 10
Session FFriday, June 11Monday, June 21

Prerequisites:

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 3.0 GPA for all undergraduate coursework.

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 20 minutes.

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

Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: Submit your Unofficial College Transcripts*
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcript from a U.S.-based school, which indicates successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program, in order to review you for 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.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institution, which indicate successful completion of a bachelor’s degree program. We will notify you if your previous institution will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 4: Complete an Academic Background Questionnaire

Step 5: Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.


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.

Part Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,57030$17,850
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,57030$17,850
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,05039$26,325
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6503$1,95051$33,150
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,62566$57,750
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,35530$17,850
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,35530$17,850
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,07539$26,325
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,05051$34,425
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,25066$57,750
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500124$108,500

Part Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,57030$17,850
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,57030$17,850
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,05039$26,325
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6503$1,95051$33,150
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,62566$57,750
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,35530$17,850
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,35530$17,850
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,07539$26,325
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,05051$34,425
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,25066$57,750
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500124$108,500

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

“As a Navy chaplain, I appreciated how Regent's master’s program integrated the best of science with faith and how it was designed with the flexibility I needed.”

Rob Hess, M.S. in Psychology, 2019 Chaplain, U.S. Navy

“At Regent, I loved the integration of Christian values that were wrapped tightly in a strong academic degree. I felt completely academically prepared to go out and help people, but I also had that very foundational core belief system that was strengthened unbelievably.”

Jada Jackson, B.A. in Communication 2009; MA in Human Services Counseling 2010 President & TV Host, Total Life Counseling; Advisor, Listeners On Call; Author; Licensed Mental Health Counselor

“People, especially kids, need more than clichés. My training at Regent gave me a meaningful way to express my empathy - which is passion and compassion combined - and they could feel the authenticity of it.”

Cedric Rucker, M.A. in Counseling, 2008 Community Counseling

“If you are focused, determined, willing to put in the work and make sacrifices, anyone can do this. I give all praise to God. Keep going no matter what.”

Antonio Tuck, M.A. in Counseling, 2020 Human Services Professional

“I choose Regent for its professional thoughtful and approach to education, but what shaped me was the mentoring faculty and my cohort experience.”

Chris Hull, Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision, 2009 Head of Graduate Counseling, John Brown University; Board of Directors Chair, CACREP