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What makes Messiah’s M.A. in counseling program unique?

Faith commitments and academic excellence

Messiah College is a nationally ranked college that effectively integrates quality academics and Christian faith. Messiah has an ongoing commitment to the integration of faith and learning—particularly as it relates to issues of justice, reconciliation, and the dignity of all people. In addition, all three of our tracks in counseling are accredited by CACREP, the national accrediting agency for graduate-level degree programs in counselor education. Messiah College is one of a handful of Christian Colleges to have this distinction. 

Experienced counselors and excellent faculty

Messiah’s faculty are experienced counselors, engaging teachers, and accomplished scholars who encourage and mentor students as they grow in their faith, explore their profession and advance in their education and career. With a low student-faculty ratio, faculty intentionally take a personalized interest in their students throughout the program.

Online and classroom delivery

While the majority of the counseling coursework is conducted in an online format, we make every effort to personally know each of our students through personalized advising, regular synchronous sessions as part of the online courses, and a willingness on the part of the faculty to communicate regularly with students through email, Skype, phone, or in person. We also feature one-week, on-campus sessions in July and January so that we can do the majority of each student’s counseling skill development in a face to face environment utilizing state of the art technology. Our unique delivery model allows you to take courses from anywhere in the world and to experience face-to-face interaction in a traditional classroom.

Theoretical study and practical training

The program is grounded in a strong set of core courses. In addition, students specialize in their area of focus and are provided with ample field-based experiences to practice counseling skills and to integrate professional knowledge under the supervision of an experienced counselor. Designed with individual development in mind, there are opportunities for the novice as well as advanced counselors to increase their knowledge and develop their counseling skills.

Lynn Bohecker

Congratulations to Lynn Bohecker, graduate program in counseling senior lecturer, for having her article, “A Mindfulness Experiential Small Group to Help Students Tolerate Ambiguity,” published in the March edition of Counselor Education and Supervision.

Read the article.

Now enrolling fall 2016 classes

The counseling program is currently accepting applications for fall 2016. Application for the counseling program (M.A. and CAGS) for the summer 2016 term is now closed.