Degrees

Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

Asbury Seminary’s 75-hour Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling allows you to pursue an understanding of wholeness, boundaries, ethics and diversity through theory and practice as you train to become a professional counselor. Within the degree, you’ll understand and integrate a biblical and theological understanding with historical and contemporary theories in order to meet the professional standards of accrediting agencies.

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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 following programs in the Counseling Department at Asbury Theological Seminary: M.A. in Mental Health Counseling.

 

 

What to expect from the degree

As you complete your degree, you’ll

  1. Master clinical skills in individual and group settings at an accomplished level, including an ability to articulate the theoretical foundations upon which these skills are built.
  2. Practice professional behavior that maintains appropriate boundaries, conforms to ethical standards and reflects respect and sensitivity for persons from diverse backgrounds.
  3. Integrate theology and theory, grounded in a biblically mature understanding of God and persons that will inform your role as a professionally licensed counselor.

*Refer to the Academic Catalog for the exact wording of Program Learning Outcomes.


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If you received a religion major or minor from an accredited college or university, you can receive a maximum of 12 credits toward a Master of Arts degree.

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Admissions Requirements

  • Application (online at asbury.to/apply)
  • $50 non-refundable Application Fee
  • Accredited baccalaureate degree
  • All Counseling programs require a cumulative GPA of 3.0/4.0
  • Official transcripts from all schools where classes were taken for more than one semester
  • Personal history essay (300 words for each)
  1. Share your life story, including at what point you began your relationship with Jesus Christ. Talk about your growth since that time and what brings you to apply to Seminary at this season in your life. Include your thoughts on how you would like to see your faith grow during your time in Seminary.
  2. What draws you to your desired major/area of study? What is your intended outcome upon degree completion? Why is that career or ministry choice meaningful to you?
  3. Discuss a local, national, and/or international issue and why you are passionate about it.
  4. Counselors of faith have at least two sources of information that they can draw upon to counsel others. Imagine a continuum where #1 represents the position of “using Bible only” and #5 represents the position of “psychological studies only.” Where would you currently place yourself on this continuum?
  5. Describe how relating to persons who are different from you (race, gender, age, economic, sexual orientation) has impacted you.
  6. Discuss your career goals and how this degree helps you to move toward them.
  • Four references completed on the Admissions Office form at asburyseminary.edu, 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.
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (79 internet-based) or an IELTS score of 7.
  • Background Check 
  • A personal interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee

Application Process

When all your transcripts have been received, and you have a satisfactory GPA, you will be invited to contact the counseling office to set up the Counseling Tests and Inventories. These tests provide information about your social, emotional, and psychological functioning. The information is reviewed by professors in the area of Counseling and Pastoral Care for admissions purposes only. Your test results will be maintained in a secure file and will not be used for any other purposes.

The admission requirements and Counseling Tests and Inventories must be complete by March 1st (Wilmore, KY) and April 1st (Orlando, FL) for summer applicants. For spring applicants, the admission requirements and Counseling Tests and Inventories must be complete by October 1st (Wilmore, KY) and November 1st (Orlando, FL).

Following the completion of the admissions requirements and the Counseling Tests and Inventories, you will be invited to attend a group interview, in which all counseling applicants will be in attendance. The interview is usually held two to three weeks following the deadline for admissions requirements and Counseling Tests and Inventories.

Once the group interview has been completed, the counseling faculty will communicate their recommendation to the Admissions Office for further processing. The Admissions Office will then notify you of the Admissions Committee’s decision regarding your application.


Vital Statistics

Number of Graduates in Past Year

6

Degree Completion Rate

64%

Licensure Pass Rate

100%

Job Placement Rate

100%

 

Hrs Course ID Course Name
Early
3 MS501 Missional Formation (must be taken in initial 21 hrs at ATS)
3 BT501 Biblical Narrative
3 CO526/TH501 Counseling and Christian Beliefs -or- Basic Christian Doctrine
3 CO601 Counseling Theories and Techniques (AUGUST Intensive)
3 CO610 Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601] – JAN
3 CO624 Community Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO655 The Counseling Relationship: Process and Skills [PRQ or Concurrently: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO715 Assessment Inventories in Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601 & CO720]
3 CO720 Psychopathology: Theory and Assessments [PRQ or Concurrently: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO730 Advanced Issues in Cross-cultural Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601]
Final
0 CO410 Gate Three: MAMH
3 CO622 Theories of Personality Development Across the Life Span [PRQ: CO600 or CO601 and CO720]
3 CO625 Recognizing and Treating Addictive Disorders [PRQ: CO600, CO601, PC510, or PC515]
3 CO660 Crisis Counseling: Theory and Application [PRQ or Concurrently: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO675 Group Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO680 Career Counseling [PRQ: CO600 or CO601]
3 CO700 Counseling Practicum [PRQ: Gate 2]
3 CO705 Counseling Internship—One [PRQ: CO600 or 601, CO610, & CO655, CO700, & CO720]
3 CO706 Counseling Internship—Two (PRQ: CO705)
3 CO725 Research Seminar: Theory and Design
3 NT(IBS)510/511 NT(IBS)510 Matthew -or- NT(IBS)511 Mark
3 TH601 Theology of John Wesley

* Notes:
The MA in Mental Health Counseling has 60 hours of counseling course work (12 of these hours are counseling electives). In addition, there are 15 hours of seminary core classes.

Students who pursue licensure in Florida must take CO611 Dynamics of Human Sexuality.

CO705 and CO706 each require minimum of 300 hours. Students who pursue LPC licensure in Florida need 500 hours per practicum to meet Florida LPC requirements (1000 hours total).

 

Asbury Seminary is committed to providing you with a quality theological education and practical skills for a lifetime. We offer more than 400 scholarships annually to help you graduate with minimal debt.

Cost of Attendance

Degree

Total Credits

Cost

Master of Arts

75 credits

$650/credit hour

Total

 

$48,750

Academic Year 2018-2019

All Campuses Fall/Spring

All Campuses Summer

Technology Fee

$140 per semester

$70 per semester

Graduation Fee

$200 one-time fee

$200 one-time fee

Student Services Fee

$115 per semester

$55 per semester

Scholarships

Institutional scholarships are available through Asbury Theological Seminary. Scholarships are highly competitive and priority consideration is given to those who have completed their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), the Asbury Financial Aid Application, and who have been admitted by the Admissions Office by March 1.

Recipients of scholarships must represent strong promise for Christian ministry and demonstrate a financial need. 

Some of the scholarships include:

  • Mary Whetstone and Walter J. Knabe Scholarship – average award $10,700
  • Windgate Scholarship – average award $10,000
  • J.C. McPheeters Scholarship – average award $7,000
  • Timothy C. Tennent Church Planting and Cross-Cultural Missionary Service Scholarship – average award $4,500
  • Leo H. Naughton Scholarship – average award $3,200
  • Asbury Deans Scholarship – average award $1,500
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