Counseling Degrees at Asbury Seminary
Prospective students are often interested as to why a Seminary with a call “to evangelize and spread scriptural holiness” would offer three degrees in counseling. The answer is clear; Asbury Seminary is committed to the holistic care of the body of Christ. We believe that individuals trained in the counseling profession can be ideally situated to reach the world for Christ through the restoration of the mental and emotional health of individuals in need.
Asbury Theological Seminary is pleased to offer three Master of Arts degrees in Counseling: a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MAPC), a Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (MAMH), and a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (MAMF). With these degrees, we offer a variety of opportunities in your educational pursuits, levels of expertise, and occupational endeavors.
For more information, please visit Asbury Seminary’s Department of Counseling website.
Prospective students applying for the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling (MAMF), Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (MAMH), and Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MAPC) programs have a slightly different admissions process than those applying for other graduate degrees. For all three of our counseling programs, there is an introductory counseling course that is a prerequisite to all other counseling courses. This course (CO600 for MAMF and CO601 for MAMH/MAPC) is offered only in the summer and spring terms. Because of this, all prospective counseling students are admitted for the summer or spring terms.
A requirement of all the counseling programs is a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher by the arrival of their official transcript(s). In addition, we request four references to be submitted, including at least one pastoral reference, at least one reference from a professor or academic administrator, and at least one reference from a counseling/mental health professional. References from family members are excluded. Once these and all other application requirements are complete, applicants will be notified to schedule Counseling Tests and Inventories with the Counseling department. For admission to the summer semester, all required materials (i.e., essay, transcripts, references, and supplementary required inventories,) must be received no later than March 1st for the Wilmore, KY campus and April 1st for the Orlando, FL campus. For spring semester admission, October 1st is the deadline for all required materials. Only applicants whose materials are received by the respective deadlines for submission will be scheduled for a spot in our group interviews.
Group interviews will be given for applicants who meet the respective deadlines for submission of application materials. The group interview will be held on the Kentucky or Florida campus. The group interview dates for all counseling programs are usually held two to three weeks following the required material deadline. For specific dates of the group interview please contact the Admissions Office. Attendance for the interview date is a requirement for acceptance into all counseling programs.
With the coursework provided within these three degrees, not only will you receive biblical foundations to continue to expand your theological grounding, but you will also receive clinical counseling courses to provide the framework for the natural gifts God has been preparing within you. Not only will you have the opportunity to receive a master’s degree, our two clinical degrees (MAMF & MAMH) will also prepare you for the opportunity to continue your studies at the PhD level if you wish.
Our MAPC degree is a recommended degree for those seeking to serve in chaplaincy.
Our counseling programs are designed to help you become the best in your selected field. The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree will provide you with the knowledge to provide solid counseling within a pastoral role or setting. You will be able to meet people where they are in their faith or life crisis, and assist them in becoming whole once again. The Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling programs are designed to prepare you for the licensure process within your home state.
For those pursuing Professional Counselor or Mental Health Counseling license in states that require 60 hours of counseling course work, you will need to take an additional 12 hours of counseling courses beyond the degree plan. Florida and Kentucky are two of the states that have a 60 hour of counseling course work requirement.
Our students have diverse opportunities to serve in a variety of roles. These experiences include, but are not limited to serving within churches, overseas, mental health institutions, and family practice, as well as life coaches, school counselors, and career counselors. The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family and Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling both prepare students for the licensure process within their home states as either a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) or Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).