MA in Counseling

MA in Counseling

Be shaped by Scripture and equipped to serve the hurting.

Through training in counseling theories and skills informed by a Christian worldview, Criswell will prepare you to serve individuals, couples, and families in a variety of settings. Small classes with experienced licensed counselors as your professors will provide you a collaborative, hands-on environment for learning how to help those in need.

If you wish to pursue a career as a Licensed Professional Counselor,  you can choose the licensure track which meets the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors requirements for graduates to sit for the National Counselor Examination and the Texas Jurisprudence Exam.

If you wish to apply your counseling skills in a Christian-based ministry for whom licesure is not a necessary component, you can choose the non-licensure track which provides you with training to further develop your ability to meet the psychological and sociological needs of people.

PROGRAM COURSE INFORMATION – LICENSING TRACK

Core I

CSL 505     Counseling Theories

CSL 510     Social, Cultural, and Family Issues

CSL 515     Counseling Methods and Techniques

CSL 520     Human Growth and Development

CSL 530     Lifestyle and Career Development

CSL 535     Marriage and Family Counseling

 

Core II

CSL 525     Abnormal Human Behavior

CSL 526     Psychopathology

CSL 550     Addiction Counseling

CSL 601     Appraisal and Assessment Techniques

CSL 605     Research

CSL 615      Group

CSL 630     Practicum I

CSL 640    Practicum II

CSL 650    Professional Orientation

CSL 541     Ethics in Counseling

CSL 542    Crisis Counseling

Three of the following:

CSL 540    Conflict Management

CSL 545    Educational Psychology

CSL 610     Topics in Counseling

CSL 612     Psychopharmacology and Mental Illness

Non-credit

AMP  500    Applied Ministry Project

     (Required each semester)

BIB 105       Hermeneutics

EMS 101     Personal Evangelism

PSY 101      Introduction to Psychology

THS 101     Spiritual Foundations

THS 102     Survey of Theology

PROGRAM COURSE INFORMATION – NON-LICENSING TRACK

CSL 505     Counseling Theories

CSL 510     Social, Cultural, and Family Issues

CSL 515     Counseling Methods and Techniques

CSL 535     Marriage and Family Counseling

CSL 540    Conflict Management

CSL 545    Educational Psychology

CSL 620    Pre-Practicum

AMP 500   Applied Ministry Project

  (Required each semester for full-time student)

BIB 105      Hermeneutics

EMS 101     Personal Evangelism

PSY 101      Introduction to Psychology

THS 101     Spiritual Foundations

THS 102     Survey of Theology

I appreciate the dedication my professors had in supporting me and challenging me. If it wasn’t for them, I would have taken the safe route and stayed at my private practice and not pushed my limits. They have been a major influence in my life the past three years and I can honestly say that I am better because of it!

MEAGHAN MCNAMARA / 2020 / COUNSELING
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CAREERS

Graduates with a MA in Counseling (Licensure track) are prepared to step into the following roles:

  • Mental health counselor
  • School counselor
  • Marriage counselor
  • Career counselor
  • Substance abuse counselor
  • Social worker
  • Pursue further studies to become a psychologist

Graduates with a MA in Counseling (Non-Licensure track) are prepared to step into the following roles:

  • Pastoral counselor
  • Academic counselor
  • Church counselor
  • Life coach
  • Career counselor
  • Case manager

PROGRAM STUDIES

Dr. Steve Hunter, Professor of Psychology and Counseling, Hope for the Heart Chair of Biblical Counseling, and Program Director of B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling

Steve Hunter

Professor of Psychology & Counseling; Hope for the Heart Chair of Biblical Counseling; Director of B.A. in Psychology and M.A. in Counseling


NOTICE OF NON-DISCRIMINATION
Criswell College admits students who are Christians of good character, without regard or reference to race, national or ethnic origin, color, age, disability, or sex (except where regard to sex is required by the College’s religious tenets regarding gender and sexuality) to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of these classifications in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other school-administered programs.