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Master of Arts

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.

Face to Face

You'll meet for classes at one of our convenient locations.

Location: St. Paul

Start Dates: Fall 2019

Total Credits


Finish in as Few as

3 years

Course Schedule

Students earning their M.A. in Counseling degree at Bethel take 60 semester credits during the 33-month program. View the Course Schedule to see a breakdown of courses by year. The final year of the program includes a 12 month clinical course series.

This program fulfills the educational requirements for licensure in the state of Minnesota. To obtain this license, you’ll need to complete and meet all requirements in the LPC/LPCC application, pass a national exam, and complete the additional supervision and clinical hours required by the state. While our program prepares you for the national exam, we cannot guarantee you’ll pass the exam. If you want to obtain this license in a state other than Minnesota, you’ll need to check that state’s licensure requirements.

Practicum and Internships

The program has a 12 month clinical series beginning in the second summer and continuing throughout the end of the program. Students will attain a community practicum site in an area of interest where they will serve the mental health needs of the community under supervision. The clinical series is made up of 3 courses: Practicum (Summer), Internship I (Fall) and Internship II (Spring).

Program Mission

The M.A. in Counseling Program is informed by an understanding of Christian faith and mental health.  We are committed to training graduate-level clinicians to be instruments of change that reflect a compassionate presence to the diverse and changing communities they will serve.  Graduate students are trained in the knowledge and skills of effective counseling and ethical practice in order to seek social justice and offer hope as they serve others with integrity and humility.

Program Outcomes

Graduates of the M.A. in Counseling Program at Bethel University will:

  • Develop a professional identity as a Clinical Mental Health Counselor within the broader counseling profession.
  • Demonstrate proficiency in the counseling core curriculum and specialty area of Clinical Mental Health Counseling.
  • Apply research to the evaluation and practice of effective counseling.
  • Apply ethical principles and ethical decision-making to counseling practice.
  • Apply cultural sensitivity and social justice advocacy in research, assessment, and practice.
  • Develop sensitivity to religious and spiritual diversity throughout the counseling process.
  • Demonstrate professional counseling competencies in a mental health clinical setting.

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