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Master of Arts in

Professional Counseling

Graduate
Degree

Program Overview

Helping others is a major mandate on our lives as Christians, and in our Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC), you will be equipped to step fully into that call. In this program, you will be prepared for professional licensure and become qualified for the ministry of counseling in clinical settings, the local church, faith-based agencies and beyond. You will integrate and implement the most effective models and theories of counseling, informed by a theological process and leading of the Holy Spirit. 

The MAPC degree offers three tracks toward state licensure with three possible concentrations: 

  • M.A. in Professional Counseling, Professional Counseling Track (preparation for Licensed Professional Counselor) (LPC)
  • M.A. in Professional Counseling, Marital and Family Therapy Track (preparation for Licensed Marital and Family Therapist) (LMFT)
  • M.A. in Professional Counseling, Addictions Counseling Track (preparation for Licensed Alcohol and Drug Counselor) (LADC)
  • M.A. in Professional Counseling, Professional Counseling Track, with a concentration in Marital and Family Therapy (preparation for LPC and LMFT)
  • M.A. in Professional Counseling, Professional Counseling Track, with a concentration in Addictions Counseling (preparation for LPC and LADC)
  • M.A. in Professional Counseling, Marital and Family Therapy Track, with a concentration in Addictions Counseling (preparation for LMFT and LADC)

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES

The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling aims to:

  • Present an overview of the philosophy, history, and trends of the counseling profession, emphasizing its legal and ethical dimensions.
  • Expose you to social, cultural, and religious diversity with an emphasis on the competencies conducive for effective counseling with diverse populations.
  • Enable you to understand the various dimensions of human development and the impact of crisis events and addictive behaviors on that process.
  • Assist you in developing their vocation and in acquiring the necessary skills to assist clients in making career decisions.
  • Help you gain the necessary competencies for developing therapeutic relationships and facilitating the counseling process.
  • Equip you with the knowledge and skills of group dynamics in order to facilitate group counseling.
  • Train you in the art and science of assessment and diagnosis, including both theoretical and clinical (DSM-5) aspects.
  • Instruct you in basic research skills and methodologies that enable you to conduct program evaluations, critique counseling research findings, and to appraise Empirically Supported Treatments (EST). 
  • Introduce you to various theories and models appropriate for clinical mental health counseling. (LPC)
  • Immerse you in systems theory and introduce them to various models of marriage, couple, and family counseling. (MFT)
  • Provide guided internship opportunities for the application of theory and practice in a professional setting.
  • Engage you to integrate their spiritual/religious beliefs into an overall philosophy of counseling through theological reflection and examination of underlying assumptions.
  • Integrate a biblical/theological understanding of people, the nature of change, and the activity of the Holy Spirit in counseling.
  • Promote a biblical/theological understanding of the person, work, and ministry of the Holy Spirit.
  • Enable you to articulate clearly their ministry/professional calling.

Accreditations:

THE ORU COLLEGE OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY IS ACCREDITED BY:

The Higher Learning Commission (HLC), an independent corporation and one of two commission members of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCA).


THE GRADUATE SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY IS ALSO ACCREDITED BY:

The Graduate School of Theology and Ministry is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS). The following degree programs are approved: 

  • Master of Divinity
  • M.A. Biblical Literature
  • M.A. Theological/Historical Studies
  • M.A. in Christian Counseling
  • M.A. in Missions
  • M.A. in Practical Theology
  • Doctor of Ministry

The Commission contact information is:
The Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the U.S. and Canada
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15275 USA
Telephone: 412.788.6505
Fax: 412.788.6510

THE UNIVERSITY AND THE COLLEGE OF THEOLOGY AND MINISTRY HOLD MEMBERSHIPS WITH THE FOLLOWING ASSOCIATIONS:

  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Coalition of Christian Colleges and Universities

Are there scholarships available?

There are several scholarships available to students in the Graduate Program. To learn more about financial aid, click here.

 

CONTACT:

Jaime Bofferding, Graduate Counseling Enrollment Counselor
Graduate School of Theology and Ministry
Phone:  918.495.6204   |   Toll free:  800.643.7976 x2
Fax:  918.495.6725
gradadmissions@oru.edu

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