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Master of Arts

Counseling is about promoting change and enhancing wellbeing.

At Bethel, the M.A. in Counseling program prepares students to work with clients as they seek change and healing in their lives. It’s a program designed for students who wish to work as professional counselors, use the knowledge and skills attained in related fields, or prepare for doctoral study. Students will gain a foundation in counseling theory, research, and practice in the specialty area of clinical mental health counseling.

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M.A. in Counseling

The M.A. in Counseling program will prepare you to become a clinical mental health counselor who provides competent and compassionate mental health services. With its specialty area of clinical mental health counseling, this program will help you cultivate the knowledge and skills you need to serve the diverse and changing communities in which you live.

Delivery Face to Face
Location St. Paul
Credits 60
Tuition per Credit $594
Estimated Total Tuition $35,640*

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Program Highlights

Meets academic requirements for Minnesota licensure

The M.A. in Counseling program meets the educational requirements for licensure in Minnesota as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) (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 responsibly and with integrity.

Cultural sensitivity

Develop intercultural understanding so you’re able to be culturally responsive with diverse clients you will serve.

Counseling in Diverse Settings

Our graduates have the educational training to become licensed clinical mental health counselors in a variety of settings. The program also prepares graduates to pursue doctoral studies in counselor education, addiction studies, 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 mental health assessments 
  • Navigate the professional and ethical issues faced by professional counselors


Our graduates can 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
  • Clinical supervisors


Our graduates can 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
  • University counseling centers
  • K-12 schools as mental health professionals

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M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy

Bethel's M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy teaches students to conceptualize and implement treatment from a systemic perspective as they work toward licensure in a career working with individuals, couples, and families. Through a relational stance, marriage and family therapists work with clients in the healing process to help them resolve conflicts and strengthen the family system. While learning to help people cope with complex issues, you'll learn more about yourself and mature in your faith.

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