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MA in Human Services - Grief Counseling

At Regent University, students could learn what it takes to minister or offer professional bereavement services through the Master of Arts in Human Services with a concentration in Grief Counseling program. Keep reading to learn more about this line graduate degree program.

Official Program Name:

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

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Regent University's MA in Human Services with a concentration in Grief Counseling is designed for students with an interest in professionally counseling individuals through the stages of grief. Students could gain admission to this program if they already possess a BS or BA in psychology, counseling, or a related field, and have earned at least a 3.0 undergraduate GPA. Applicants to Regent University should also have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Students who choose the MA in Human Services program with a concentration in Grief Counseling have the opportunity to study methods and procedures for working with clients who have suffered loss. The nonlicensure program is designed to teach students how to provide emotional support or offer ministry to deal with traumas and begin the process of healing at the individual or community level. Students also have the chance to learn how to manage the stress associated with the professional role.

While in the program, students might take courses covering grief and bereavement, crisis counseling, and counseling ministry for the bereaved, and participate in a 150-hour field experience. Students have the opportunity to learn via a fully online course format offering access to professors in real time and peers through small groups and chat rooms.

Learning Format:

Online

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 MA in Human Services with a Concentration in Grief Counseling:

Students must complete six required core courses and four concentration courses while in the MA in Human Services with a concentration in Grief Counseling program. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (18 hours)

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

Grief Counseling Concentration Courses (12 hours)

  • Advanced Counseling Skills & Techniques
  • Community & Crisis Counseling
  • Grief & Bereavement
  • Counseling Ministry for the Bereaved

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who graduate from the program have the chance to further their education in grief counseling or expand their knowledge into additional counseling specialties. Degree options might include the doctoral degree, which could open doors for positions at the administrative, director, or executive level.

Graduates could pursue degrees that include:

  • PhD in Human Services
  • PhD in Counseling
  • PhD in Counseling & Psychological Studies with a concentration in Grief Counseling
  • PhD in Counseling & Psychological Studies with a concentration in Trauma & Crisis Counseling

Career Paths:

After completing the MA in Human Services with a concentration in Grief Counseling program, graduates course be ready to pursue a variety of ministry or counseling positions. In these careers, graduates might provide counseling to manage grief, take part in interventions, or offer resources to help the bereaved.

Career options for graduates might include:

  • Nursing home administrator
  • Grief counselor
  • Pastoral care pastor
  • Chaplain
  • Funeral home liaison

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