M.A. in Counseling at Bethel University

Counseling Program

Master of Arts

With a counseling degree, you’ll transform the way others approach hope and healing.

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Discover what’s next. In Bethel's M.A. in Counseling program, you’ll prepare to become an effective counselor who treats clients with competence and compassion. In addition to gaining a strong foundation in counseling theory, research, and practice in the specialty area of clinical mental health counseling, you’ll learn to promote positive change and personal wellbeing in the lives of your clients. With the expertise you develop, you’ll be prepared to support, challenge, and encourage people working through some of life’s biggest questions.

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In Bethel’s M.A. in Counseling program, you’ll gain expertise in clinical mental health counseling so that you're ready to serve clients in diverse settings. Our program is accredited for Clinical Mental Health Counseling by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

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Program Highlights

Practical application

You’ll gain a foundation in creating counseling relationships, counseling skills, and interventions so that you’re ready to serve clients in various settings. 

Cultural intelligence

You’ll develop professional multicultural competency that will prepare you to make a difference in diverse and changing communities.

Ethics-based instruction

You’ll cultivate ethical awareness and the ability to respond to professional issues intentionally and responsibly.

Licensure preparation

You’ll graduate with a degree that provides the educational requirements to become a licensed professional counselor or licensed professional clinical counselor in Minnesota.

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At Bethel, you’ll grow into a compassionate, ethical leader who supports clients on their journey toward healing and growth. Our M.A. in Counseling program will help you cultivate the knowledge and skills you need to address the biological, psychological, social, and spiritual components of individual wellbeing. With our program’s unique focus on clinical mental health counseling, you’ll be equipped to serve diverse clients with cultural humility and integrity.


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Career Outcomes

Wondering what you can do with a counseling degree?

The M.A. in Counseling program will provide you with the training necessary to become a licensed clinical mental health counselor in a variety of settings. You’ll also be prepared to pursue doctoral studies in counselor education and other related mental health fields.


You'll learn how to:

  • Practice evidence-based counseling 
  • Conduct research and evaluate clinical effectiveness
  • Lead group therapy sessions
  • Understand diverse individuals and family systems
  • Integrate the client’s worldview with counseling practice
  • Use and interpret mental health assessments 
  • Navigate the professional and ethical issues faced by professional counselors


You'll be prepared to work in settings like:

  • Private practice clinics
  • Addiction treatment centers
  • Correctional facilities
  • Social service agencies
  • Community mental health clinics
  • Residential treatment facilities
  • Youth and family services centers
  • Hospitals
  • Local churches
  • University counseling centers
  • K-12 schools as mental health professionals
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