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Master of Arts

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

At Bethel, the M.A. in Counseling program 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 in the specialty area of clinical mental health counseling.

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M.A. in Counseling

Our M.A. in Counseling program prepares students to become counselors who provide meaningful mental health care with compassion and integrity. The Counseling program with its specialty area of clinical mental health counseling provides students the skills to practice mental health in the diverse and changing communities that they will serve.

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 licensure

The M.A. in Counseling 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 can go 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 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
  • College instructors


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

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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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