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MA in Counseling (Oregon)

MA in Counseling (Oregon)

CACREP Accredited LogoWestern 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, it is also CACREP accredited, allowing you flexibility to obtain licensure in many other states with minimal additional work.



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Portland, Oregon



What Sets Our Counseling Training Apart?

  • CACREP Accreditation
  • Unique integration of Christian theology and counseling in a seminary context
  • Mentoring from core faculty who are licensed professional counselors with earned doctorates and years clinical experience
  • Opportunity to complete the National Clinical Mental Health Counseling Examination 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

Counseling Curriculum



CACREP Accreditation

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.

Accessible Scheduling

The MA in Counseling may be completed in three years’ time by taking courses offered on Mondays at Western Seminary Portland campus in Portland, Oregon. Students may also complete up to 7 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

We encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. Look into your options for financial aid, and find median pay rates and employability outlook for counselors at the  Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Admission Requirements

  • A Bachelor's degree from an 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, followed by an in-person interview.

If you do not meet one of these requirements, contact an Admissions Counselor to explore alternative MA 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 (MA degree) at Western Seminary Portland Campus.