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MA in Counseling:
Integrating theology and counseling for service in mental health.

CACREP-Logo-EditedWhen it comes to training skilled counselors in how to walk alongside the hurting and the broken, Western Seminary takes no shortcuts. The MA in Counseling program is a professional graduate degree that prepares Christian counselors to bring concern and care for the whole person. It equips you to excel in Christian counseling, in church, private practice, agency, clinical mental health, or school settings. This program offers skill-based coursework, internship experience, as well as a requirement to complete your own personal counseling. Biblical and theological studies 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. The MA in Counseling offers:

  • 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 our grads 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

Western Seminary delivers trustworthy and accessible training for gospel-centered transformation. 

"I am so incredibly grateful to have been in a place where faculty members cared enough for me to help me process through my theological hang ups, ministry questions, and even my personal issues. It was so exciting for me to have access to these amazing, Godly people who possess a wealth of wisdom and experience."Aaron Truong / Vancouver, WashingtonTherapist at Columbia River Mental Health Services

"Don't hesitate to attend Western Seminary. The training I received impacted me personally, spiritually, and intellectually. The courses, professors, staff, and other students were a great resource in terms of helping me hone my skills, detecting areas of growth and what to do about it, and helping me to make God my focus – not education."Susan Wright / Rancho Cordova, CAAssociate Pastor, Cordova Neighborhood Church

"My life and ministry growth have been marked by a desire for a better grip on the gospel message, an emphatic understanding of my ministry context, and a heavenward adjustment for myself in knowledge, character, and skills for ministry. Western Seminary has given me this."Dr. Julius Twongyeirwe / Kabale, UgandaNational Director of Proclamation Task

"The training I received at Western Seminary has significantly influenced both my gospel-centered approach to biblical theology and how that gets worked out in everyday disciple-making and leadership development."Jeff Vanderstelt / Tacoma, WAVisionary Leader of the Soma Family of Churches

"The quality of student I run into at Western gives me great confidence that God continues to work mightily, building His Kingdom and spreading His reign by raising up a new generation of called and equipped leaders."Gary Thomas / Houston, TXAuthor, Writer in Residence at Second Baptist Church of Houston

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