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 or school counseling.* 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.
Student’s 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).
Denver Seminary believes integration is not just a course student’s 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) 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.
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). 20 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). 14 credits will receive an automatic 50% tuition discount at the time students take the course.
Concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling or School Counseling
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
The school counseling concentration will prepare students to demonstrate the professional knowledge and skills necessary to promote the academic, career, and personal/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/legal guidelines are examined.
How can I use this degree?
- Provide counseling in public or private schools that require licensure (approved only in Colorado)
- Go on to an advanced degree to teach in public or private schools
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.
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