MA in Counseling

MA in Counseling

Overview of the MA in Counseling
with concentrations in Clinical Mental Health or School Counseling

Solid Clinical Instruction Grounded with Sound Biblical Training

Denver Seminary has redesigned its CACREP accredited master of arts in counseling curriculum to include 60 hours of counseling core courses and 4 hours of New Testament and Old Testament survey. The retooled program will allow for concentrations in either clinical mental health, school counseling, or both.* Our redesigned counseling curriculum will also better prepare students for success to pursue licensure in other states already requiring 60 credits of counseling courses—which means reducing or eliminating the need for supplemental coursework.

The mission of the Denver Seminary Counseling Division is to train clinically competent mental health practitioners who are able to integrate Christian faith and counseling education into a professional counselor identity for the purpose of effective counseling practice and licensure in diverse clinical, educational and ministry settings. We seek to develop compassionate, self-aware professionals who are ethically and culturally sensitive lifelong learners, acquiring contemporary knowledge and skills necessary to address the cognitive, emotional, interpersonal and spiritual needs of individuals, couples, families and organizations. The Program Objectives explain in further detail what a student who completes the Master of Arts in Counseling will be able to do upon completion of the program.

Students' preparation will lead to becoming confident, competent, and reflective counselors, with the demonstrated knowledge and skills in areas of sound clinical investigation, thoughtful observation, scholarly research, and proven testing and assessment tools.

*Denver Seminary has petitioned the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) for accreditation for the 2018-2019 academic year for the School Counseling concentration. It is currently licensed by the Colorado Division of Education (CDE), and accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

Faith-Infused Counseling

Denver Seminary believes integration is not just a course students take, but also something they embody. Our counseling curriculum has intentionally integrated many aspects of theology, hermeneutics, spiritual formation, and biblical interpretation into each and every course throughout the program. In each course, students are given opportunity to connect and apply doctrine and theology to the study and work of counseling.

Practice What You’ve Learned

While the program is academically challenging, students also have the opportunity for hands-on application of theory through the on-site practicum at Shepherd’s Gate Counseling Center and through Denver Seminary’s extensive network of off-campus internships.

The MA in counseling (clinical mental health concentration) degree is CACREP accredited and prepares students for counseling licensure in the state of Colorado as well as for the National Counselor Exam (NCE). Additionally, students in this program take part in our Professional Development Program as they grow during their time at Denver Seminary.

The MA in counseling (school counseling concentration) degree is designed to train clinically competent school counselors who are able to integrate Christian faith and school counseling education in K-12 school settings, as well as prepare them to meet requirements for licensure and endorsement in the state of Colorado. Students in this program also take part in our Professional Development Program as they grow during their time at Denver Seminary.

The MA in counseling (dual concentration) is designed to uniquely train clinically competent counselors who are able to integrate Christian faith, clinical mental health training and school counseling education in various clinical and school–based settings. The dual concentration prepares students for counseling licensure and school counseling licensure and endorsement in the state of Colorado.

Earn Dual Degrees for Less Time and Money

The dual master of arts in counseling (clinical mental health counseling or school counseling) and the certificate or MA in biblical and theological studies program was designed for individuals who wish to pursue graduate degrees in counseling and want a deeper exploration of the Bible and the faith dimension of counseling. It combines foundational biblical and theological studies of the MABTS with the clinical best practices of the MA in counseling (clinical mental health counseling or school counseling).  

Students who enroll in both the MA in counseling and either the certificate or the MA in biblical and theological studies will only be required to complete a few additional courses to earn the second degree, or certificate, and they will receive a 50% tuition discount on select credits required for the second degree. 

This means students can earn two separate degrees in less time, for less money than it would take to complete the degrees individually. In addition, if students want to earn their counseling degree, but they just cannot relocate at present, this is a great way to jump-start both degrees by pursuing the certificate or MA in biblical and theological studies now—fully online, prior to beginning their residential counseling program later.

MA in Biblical & Theological Studies Option

Students will need to complete 64 credits of courses to graduate from the MA in counseling plus an additional 25 credits to graduate with the MA-BTS (typically a 39 credit hour program). Twenty credits will receive an automatic 50% tuition discount at the time the student takes the course.

Certificate in Biblical & Theological Studies Option

Students will need to complete 64 credits of courses to graduate from the MA in Counseling plus an additional 14 credits to graduate with the certificate (typically a 24 credit hour program). Fourteen credits will receive an automatic 50% tuition discount at the time students take the course.

Concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, School Counseling, or Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling (Dual Concentration)

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

The clinical mental health concentration will prepare students for effective counseling practice and licensure in diverse clinical, educational, and ministry settings. The MA in clinical mental health counseling (CMHC) provides solid clinical instruction along with sound biblical training.

How can I use this degree?
  • Counseling in environments that require licensure, such as in a private or group practice or a community agency
  • Counseling in church and other parachurch ministry settings
Degree Worksheets

CMHC Worksheet  CMHC + MA BTS  CMHC + Cert BTS

Clinical Mental Health Counseling

  • 64 credits total, with 60 credits of counseling
  • CACREP accredited
  • Dual degree options (MA or certificate in BTS)

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School Counseling

The school counseling concentration will prepare students to demonstrate the professional knowledge and skills necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal and social development of all K–12 students. Students will examine the history, philosophy, and trends of school counseling while focusing on assessment, individual, group, family, career counseling and consulting. Additional attention is given to prevention and intervention strategies, programming, and ethical and legal guidelines are examined.

How can I use this degree?
  • Pursue school counseling licensure in the state of Colorado
  • Provide clinically informed school counseling in public and private K-12 school systems
Degree Worksheets

School Counseling Worksheet

School Counseling

  • 64 credits total, with 60 credits of counseling
  • HLC accredited and CDE licensed
  • Dual degree options (MA or certificate in BTS)

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Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling (Dual Concentration)

The dual concentration in clinical mental health and school counseling is designed to uniquely train clinically competent counselors who are able to integrate Christian faith, clinical mental health training and school counseling education in various clinical and school–based settings. The dual concentration prepares students for counseling licensure and school counseling licensure and endorsement in the state of Colorado.

How can I use this degree?
  • Pursue counseling licensure in the state of Colorado
  • Pursue school counseling licensure in the state of Colorado
  • Serve in various clinical settings (e.g., community mental health centers, private practice, etc.) as well as provide clinically informed school counseling in public and private K-12 school systems

Dual Concentration Worksheet

Clinical Mental Health and School Counseling (Dual Concentration)

  • 76 credits total; 72 credits in either concentration
  • Dual degree options (MA or certificate in BTS)

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Counseling Faculty

Our professors have extensive experience in the counseling profession. They model these counseling principles and illustrate how they practically integrate their faith in the counseling field. They are here to support student’s growth and education every step of the way.

  • Fred Gingrich, DMin
    Professor of Counseling
  • Heather J. Gingrich, PhD
    Professor of Counseling
  • Monte Hasz, PsyD
    Associate Professor of Counseling
  • Janet R. McCormack, DMin
    Associate Professor of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling, and Director of Chaplaincy and Pastoral Counseling Programs
  • Reggie Moore, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Counseling
  • Elisabeth Nesbit Wagner, PhD
    Associate Professor of Counseling
  • Paula Tipton, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Counseling
  • Ronald D. Welch, PsyD
    Professor of Counseling
  • Adam Wilson, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Counseling
Clinical Mental Health Program Descriptive Data
  • Admission: approximately 90 students per year (60 in Fall, and 30 in Spring)
  • Graduation: 49 students (2017-18 Academic Year)
  • Program Completion Rates
  • Gender distribution: 76% female; 24% male
  • Age Range: 21 to 67
  • Median Age: 32
  • Marital Status: 60% single; 40% married
  • Licensing Exam Pass Rate: 96% (National Counselor Exam)
  • Employment Rate: 87% (statistic based on those responding to the 2018 alumni survey)
  • Program Assessment Report for 2018
For more information about this degree program, please contact the Admissions Office or call 303.762.6937.
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