makes Messiah’s M.A. in counseling program unique?
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
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.
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
Now enrolling spring 2017 classes
The counseling program is currently accepting applications for spring 2017. Application for the counseling program (M.A. and CAGS) for the fall 2016 term is now closed.
The CACREP-Messiah College distinction
Messiah College has the only online, faith-based, CACREP accredited, master’s in counseling program in Pennsylvania and one of the only CACREP accredited, online, faith-based program in marriage, couple and family counseling in the U.S.