Western Seminary's Master of Arts in Counseling degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares Christian counselors to bring concern and care for the whole person. It equips you to excel in Christian counseling, as well as in church, private practice, agency, clinical mental health, or school settings. As with most counseling degrees, this program offers skill-based coursework, internship experience, as well as a requirement to complete your own personal counseling. Since this program is offered at a seminary, it also unites biblical and theological studies in order to connect both Christian worldview and compassion to the counseling profession. While the curriculum satisfies Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) requirements set forth by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, its CACREP accreditation allows graduates flexibility to obtain licensure in many other states with minimal additional work.
Graduate in as few as three years
A handful of core courses and electives are available via online courses
What Sets Our Counseling Training Apart?
- Unique integration of Christian theology and counseling in a seminary context
- Mentoring from core faculty who are licensed professional counselors with earned doctorates and over 75 years of combined counseling experience
- Opportunity to complete the National Counselor Exam before graduation - 98% of Western graduates pass on their first attempt
- An emphasis on “learning while doing”…
- …in a state of the art counselor training center on the Portland campus
- …serving clients as early as your second semester in the program
- …completing 700 hours of clinical experience across two sites
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) holds member schools to the most rigorous standards of counseling curriculum and training experience in the United States. In the absence of a national counseling licensure standard, a CACREP accredited counseling degree is the best asset you can have to achieve licensure – in many states.
The M.A. in Counseling may be completed in three years’ time by taking courses offered on Mondays at Western Seminary Portland campus in Portland, Oregon. Students who live at a distance may also complete up to 24 credits of online courses through the Western Seminary Online campus. These scheduling solutions allow students to minimize travel to campus and maintain their family, church, and work commitments.
Counseling Education That Keeps Debt Down
Work as a counselor can have limited financial reward. That's why we encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. In fact, the average Western Seminary counseling student graduates with an average of only $13,567 in loan debt to repay. It might surprise you to learn that only about 19% of our students utilize loans, choosing instead to paying out of pocket, with scholarships, or via a monthly payment plan. Look into your options for financial aid.
Find median pay rates and employability outlook for counselors at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A foundational knowledge of psychology
- A completed application for admission and all admissions materials
If you do not meet one of these requirements, contact an enrollment counselor to explore alternative M.A. in Counseling admission options.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program (M.A. degree) at Western Seminary's Portland Campus.