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Counseling (M.A)

The Master of Arts in Counseling program is intended to prepare students to take the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Exam (NCMHCE) which is required to become a licensed Professional Counselor in the State of Minnesota. After receiving a passing score on the exam, individuals can apply for licensure through the Minnesota Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy to become a Professional Counselor.  Individuals can also work towards becoming licensed as a Professional Clinical Counselor.  This license requires additional hours of post master’s clinical practice.  Information about this license type can be found through the Minnesota Board of Behavior Health and Therapy.

Per the U.S. Department of Education Regulation 34 CFR 668.43 (a) (5) (v), we have determined that our curriculum meets educational requirements for becoming licensed as a Professional Counselor in Minnesota. Please refer to the full list of determinations (Link TBD) regarding all fifty states as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Northern Mariana Islands for anyone wishing to become a U.S. Professional Counselor.

Questions about licensure? 

Be sure to check with the appropriate licensing agency in your state to verify requirements prior to beginning any course of study. Check requirements regularly as they may change.  Additional information about the Professional Counselor licensure may also be found through organizations such as American Counseling Association.

For questions about any of Bethel University’s Counseling program and their relationship to professional licensure, please contact the following individuals:


Counseling Department

Amy Evans, Ph.D.

Program Director - M.A. in Counseling