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MA in Counseling

MA in Counseling

Integrate Your Faith With Your Practice

Western Seminary's MA in Counseling prepares counselors to care for the whole person in the populations they serve. Our accredited 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 offers an integrative approach to counseling that seeks to understand counseling issues from both a psychological and Christian point of view.

Study in Portland

portland campusOur Portland counseling program is CACREP accredited, allowing you flexibility to obtain licensure in many other states with minimal additional work.

Western Seminary's historic campus sits on a five-acre site in Southeast Portland and also hosts A New Day Counseling Center, which serves as a professional counseling center and a clinical training site.

Portland Program

Study in San Jose

Westgate ChurchOur California counseling program is located at Westgate Church South Hills Campus in San Jose. 

The program satisfies the requirements to apply with the Board of Behavioral Sciences (BBS) to register as an Associate Professional Clinical Counselor and later sit for the exam to become a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor (LPCC).

San Jose Program



What Sets Our MA in Counseling Apart?

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Our Portland program is CACREP-accredited, which holds member schools to the most rigorous standards of counseling curriculum. Our San Jose program is approved by the Board of Behaviorial Sciences.
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Integrate your faith with your practice. Our counseling degree unites biblical and theological studies in order to connect your Christian worldview and compassion to the counseling profession.
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Get hands-on, practical training with four semester of supervised internship. Apply what you're learning in the classroom almost immediately by serving clients as early as your second semester.

As a counselor, we sit with people in their brokenness. People who desire to see changes in their lives. Knowing that there is a God who never changes, whose promises will remain faithful, equips me to sit with people in an ever changing world.

Laura Joachim

Laura Joachim
MA in Counseling, '22

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