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Master of Arts: Counseling Concentration

Master of Arts: Counseling Concentration


Share Wisdom with Others.

The Counseling concentration will equip you to provide wise, biblical counsel in a wide range of roles. You will better understand people, grow in your awareness of how God’s Word applies to life and help resolve human struggles.

Earn your degree on-campus or online
Be mentored by caring professors
30 credits
Master Of Arts Counseling


Enhance Your Ministry 

As a graduate, you will be better equipped to counsel in a church or ministry setting. If you have an interest in pursuing state licensure as a professional counselor, you should instead pursue CSU’s Master of Science in Counseling.

“I have fallen in love with counseling. I have a passion for seeing people, particularly women, live lives that are healthy spiritually, physically and mentally. I am able to use what I am learning at CSU right now…and I love to see lives changed from a biblical counseling perspective.”


Master of Arts | Brunswick, OH


What Will You Learn?

Start with a biblical base and build a practical understanding of people to learn how to truly make a difference.

Build on a biblical foundation

Start with 9 credits of Bible and theology that are specifically related to the counseling field. The Bible is the foundation, focus and filter of the entire Master of Arts with a Counseling concentration.

Customized counseling options

You can choose 21 credits of counseling courses to customize half of your degree studies to the areas that will benefit your ministry most. Choose from topics such as addictions, mental and mood disorders, grief counseling and counseling children.


What You Will Study

Each of your courses is taught from a biblical worldview. You’ll interact within small class sizes and with professors who really care about you and your goals. You’ll not only receive quality academics to prepare you for the next steps in your career and ministry, but you’ll also get mentorship to prepare you for life.

All courses are 3 credits unless noted.
Course Descriptions can be found in the catalog.

Bible and Theology
  • Theological Foundations of Change [CO505]
  • Biblical Philosophy of Counseling [CO506]
  • Spiritual Interventions in Counseling [CO584]

Choose 1 course – 3 credits

  • Introduction to Group Counseling [CO535]
  • Marriage and Family Counseling [CO539]
  • The Helping Relationship [CO544]
Counseling Electives

Choose 6 courses – 18 credits

  • Counseling Children [CO514]
  • Evaluating Research [CO519]
  • Theories and Techniques of Counseling [CO520]
  • Human Development [CO530]
  • Career Counseling [CO532]
  • Introduction to Group Counseling [CO535] (summer module)
  • Marriage and Family Counseling [CO539]
  • Abnormal Behavior [CO540]
  • Appraisal and Testing in Counseling [CO542] (summer module)
  • The Helping Relationship [CO544] (summer module)
  • Ethics and Professional Orientation to Counseling [CO550]
  • Counseling Interventions for Women [CO561]
  • Ethnicity and Counseling [CO565]
  • Foundations of Clinical Mental Health Counseling [CO571]
  • Understanding and Treating Addictions [CO617]
  • Behavioral Addictions [CO619]
  • Substance Addictions [CO627]
  • Human Sexuality [CO630]
  • Crisis and Trauma Counseling [CO640]
  • Evaluation and Consultation of Mental and Mood Disorders [CO701]
Program Highlights 
  • Prepare for professional roles and personal ministry opportunities.
  • Complete your degree completely online or on-campus in as little as two years.
  • Collaborate with instructors and classmates as you benefit from a supportive network.
  • Customize the program to meet your individual interests and goals.
Help others more effectively.

When you learn about the human condition coupled with the grace available in Christ, you will be equipped to help others through real-life situations with the hope of Christ.

Meet our Faculty

You’ll learn from professors who care deeply about you and your goals.


Starting Dates

Flexibility is key. Jump in and start reaching toward your goals at any time of year with our multiple start dates.













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  • Where you truly find your fit.

Every class at CSU is carefully crafted to help you take your career and ministry to the next level. You will be immersed in principles from God’s Word as you learn practical tools and gain valuable training to apply to your career.


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