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MA in Human Services - Christian Counseling

Regent University's Master of Arts in Human Services program with a concentration in Christian Counseling is for students who aspire to blend their faith with a career in counseling while working outside of the traditional pastoral context. Read on for more information about this online degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Christian Counseling

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

The ideal candidate for this master's degree program might be an excellent and patient communicator with an undergraduate degree (minimum 3.0 GPA) in psychology, human behavior, or a related field. They might be interested in care and counseling while seeking a less formal alternative to the traditional role of pastor. Applicants to all master's degree programs at Regent University need to have at least a bachelor's degree or equivalent; additional requirements may apply to some programs.

Program Description:

Regent University's Master of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Christian Counseling is an online, non-licensure degree program intended to equip students with care giving strategies, techniques, and activities that they can use to provide counseling from a Christian perspective in a variety of contexts. The program's core curriculum provides students with an opportunity to learn about fundamental topics in professional human services and behavioral science while also taking courses in helping skills and multicultural awareness. Students pursuing this concentration also have the chance to further develop their lay counseling skills with specialized coursework in different intervention models and strategies, community and crisis counseling, and the role of Christianity in human services. Finally, the capstone field experience gives students an opportunity to gain applicable experience in a professional setting.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Human Services with a Concentration in Christian Counseling

To complete the Master of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Christian Counseling program, students must complete the human services core curriculum (18 credit hours), plus the required concentration courses (12 credit hours) for a total of 30 credit hours. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Human Services Core Courses (18 credits)

  • Foundations of Human Services
  • Behavioral Science Foundations
  • Professional Ethics in the Human Service Fields
  • Helping Skills & Techniques
  • Multicultural Awareness & Individual Diversity
  • Capstone & Field Experience

Concentration Courses (12 credits)

  • Advanced Counseling Skills & Techniques
  • Counseling Models & Strategies
  • Community & Crisis Counseling
  • Survey of Christianity

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education

This master's degree program might provide a foundation for additional study at the doctoral level. A doctorate that focuses on pastoral or faith-based counseling, or a related field, may help students develop a more specialized career or open up career opportunities in academia and research. Students may wish to consider degree programs such as these:

  • Ph.D. in Counselor Education & Supervision
  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies - Pastoral Counseling
  • Ed.D. in Community Care and Counseling - Pastoral Care & Counseling

Career Paths:

The Master of Arts in Human Services - Christian Counseling degree program is designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge to blend proven counseling methods with spiritual guidance and support. Successful graduates of this degree program could be ready to pursue positions providing faith-based counseling in a variety of settings and situations.

These positions may be of particular interest:

  • Pastoral counselor
  • Church development coordinator
  • Youth and family advocate
  • Human services manager
  • Life coach

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