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M.A. in Counseling Psychology

Counseling is about promoting change. And improving quality of life.

At Bethel, the M.A. in Counseling Psychology is about guiding you to a profession that improves the quality of life of others. It’s a program designed for those who wish to work as professional counselors or use the skills attained in related fields, or to prepare for doctoral study. You’ll gain a foundation in counseling theory, research, and practice through either a 2- or 3-year schedule, and have the opportunity to specialize in child and adolescent or community/mental health counseling.

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M.A. in Counseling Psychology: Child and Adolescent Counseling Concentration

In the Child and Adolescent Counseling concentration, you’ll develop the specialized understanding and skills necessary to assess the mental health needs of children and adolescents, and learn to apply effective evidence-based interventions in a wide variety of settings.

Delivery: Face to Face

Location: St. Paul

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M.A. in Counseling Psychology: Community Counseling Concentration

In the Community/Mental Health Counseling concentration, you’ll develop specialized understanding and skills necessary to assess adults’ mental health needs and apply evidence-based practices to promote healing and change in a wide variety of settings.

Delivery: Face to Face

Location: St. Paul

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Holistic Counseling

Counseling requires an understanding of human behavior—the science—and how to communicate in ways that are helpful to others—the art. That’s why Bethel’s M.A. in Counseling Psychology program uses a practitioner-scientist model that integrates the theory of psychology with the art of counseling. We approach counseling from a Christian worldview that fosters hope and healing as you integrate biological, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects when addressing the concerns individuals experience.

$55,001 to $60,000 - Median income range of recent Bethel Graduate School alumni

-2014 Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey

of recent graduates are involved in a leadership role in their work, school, community, or place of worship

- 2014 Bethel Graduate School Alumni Survey

Program Highlights

Meets academic requirements for licensure

The M.A. in Counseling Psychology program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota as a licensed professional counselor or licensed professional clinical counselor (Board of Behavioral Health and Therapy).

Foundation in counseling theories

Gain a foundation in counseling theories so you’re ready to serve others in every stage of life and any setting, from mental health clinics to congregations.

Applying ethics to practice

Understand the professional and ethical issues inherent to the counseling profession so you’re prepared to handle them appropriately.

Cultural sensitivity

Develop intercultural sensitivity so you’re able to provide counseling effectively with diverse clients.

Counseling in Diverse Settings

Our graduates have gone on to become licensed professional counselors/clinical counselors in a variety of settings. The program also prepares graduates to pursue doctoral studies in addiction studies, counselor education, and other fields.


Learn how to:

  • Practice evidence-based counseling 
  • Conduct research and evaluate clinical effectiveness
  • Lead group therapy sessions
  • Understand diverse individuals and family systems
  • Integrate a Christian worldview with counseling practice
  • Use and interpret psychological assessment instruments
  • Navigate the professional and ethical issues faced by counselors


Our graduates apply their education as:

  • Professional counselors
  • Addictions counselors
  • Marriage and family counselors
  • Business/organizational consultants
  • University student life/development staff
  • University career services staff
  • Human resources staff
  • Congregational care/pastoral staff
  • College instructors


Our graduates work at places like:

  • Private practice clinics
  • Addiction treatment centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Community mental health clinics
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Youth and family services centers
  • Hospitals
  • Congregations/local churches

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