A Master of Arts (M.A.) in Counseling (not Clinical Mental Health Counseling) is for students planning on pastoral counseling or other form of counseling ministry. In general, a seminary that offer such a degree program will prepare a curriculum that gives a biblical and theological framework for the ministry of counseling along with the theoretical and practical education of the counseling discipline itself.
Divinity schools that offer M.A. degrees in Counseling are most often doing so for people who are already pastors sensing the need to improve their abilities for counseling their congregants and for others looking to become counselors in a church or para-church setting.
Because of this, most seminaries do not carry previous counseling education or experience as a prerequisite for beginning an M.A. program in Counseling. Rather, most have only the requirement that prospective students have attained a bachelor’s degree, regardless of the field in which that degree was earned.
Seminaries with Accredited M.A. in Counseling Degrees
- America Evangelical University (M.A. in Counseling)
- Pheonix Seminary (M.A. in Counseling)
- Western Seminary (M.A. in Counseling)
More seminary degree options:
- Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
- Master of Arts in Spiritual Direction
- Master of Arts in Religion
- Master of Theological Studies and Master of Science in Nursing
- Doctor of Ministry
Or, check out all the seminary degrees we list.