M.A. in Christian Counseling

General Description and Program Goals

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling degree is a two year program that provides in-depth course work for those who wish to be equipped with counseling competence needed to assist Christian individuals and families, both in and out of the local church context. The degree program requires 57 semester credits. As many as 27 semester credits of graduate work may be transferred from another institution. It is a non-licensure program, which is not designed to fulfill the California state requirements for licensure.

The goals of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling program are to:

    - To prepare students for practical counseling ministry; and
    - To prepare students for counseling related services in church and community.

Learning Outcome:

Upon completing this degree, students will be able to:

    - Demonstrate general knowledge of Bible and theology;
    - Integrate Bible/theology and counseling/psychology;
    - Demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity as a care giving professional;
    - Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of counseling theories in specific area(s);
    - Demonstrate leadership and practical skills for counseling and its related services;
    - Demonstrate critical thinking ability for academic research; and
    - Demonstrate cultural sensitivity, knowledge, and/or skills in counseling.


Students who do not have a BA in psychology or (Christian) counseling must take 9 credits of BA-level prerequisite courses. The following courses are required:

    LA102 Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)
    CE210 Life-span Development (3 credits)
    CC115 Essential Qualities of a Christian Counselor (3 credits)

Graduation Requirements

To graduate from the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling program the student is required to have completed a minimum of 57 semester credits with a 2.5 GPA or above. At least 27 credits must be completed at World Mission University. Students must demonstrate competence in at least seven of ten ministry skills listed on the Ministry Skills Assessment Form (see Supervised Ministry Handbook).

To complete the program, a thesis will be submitted and approved by the graduation committee. The student will register for the course PT606 Thesis Project during the final year of the program and submit a prospectus and outline of the thesis for faculty approval. The school will assign an academic supervisor according to the topic of the thesis. The length of the thesis will be approximately 50 pages of the text, double-spaced. The thesis must meet the writing standards of WMU.

Course Titles and Level

All courses at the Masters level are numbered 500 - 699. Course descriptions are provided in this catalog.


Degree Requirements: 54 Credits

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling requires 57 semester credits of course work comprised of 18 credits of Biblical/Theological studies, 3 credits of Practical Ministry Studies, 27 credits of Professional studies, and 9 credits of field education.