Trinity Evangelical Divinity School



Master of Arts / Mental Health Counseling

Master of Arts / Mental Health Counseling

Where Can This Degree Take Me?

Through Trinity Graduate School students can pursue a Master of Arts degree in Mental Health Counseling. The degree equips students to integrate professional counseling with a biblical worldview. It provides a strong background in counseling theory and practice while allowing students to tailor the program to their specific career interests.

With two different concentrations in Mental Health and Guidance, the program exposes students to all aspects of counseling which can be applied in a wide range of fields. Students are challenged to critically reflect upon their personal growth and refine their counseling skills in order to provide the most ethical and professional care for clients.

Students graduating from the MA/MHC program will be able to:

  • Integrate a biblical worldview in counseling theory and practice
  • Apply their faith in areas of service to underserved client populations
  • Adhere to cultural competency standards when working with the needs of diverse clients
  • Display through content knowledge the core competency areas in the field of counseling psychology
  • Assess, deliver, and document appropriate interventions that are consistent with current standards of care in the counseling profession
  • Critically reflect upon their personal growth and refine their counseling skills in order to provide ethical and professional care for clients

What Will I Study?

All students take common core and required counseling courses, as well as the required classes for their preferred area of concentration.

  • Common Core Courses (6 hours)

    ID 5001 Foundations of Integrative Thought 3 hours
    ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement 3 hours


  • Required Counseling Courses (27 hours)

    CP 5210 Counseling Skills Training 3 hours
    CP 5310 Counseling Theories 3 hours
    CP 6110 Career Counseling 3 hours
    CP 6130 Group Counseling 3 hours
    CP 6520 Human Growth and Development 3 hours
    CP 6710 Psychology and Theology 3 hours
    CP 6720 Ethics and Issues in Counseling 3 hours
    CP 7210 Psychological Testing 3 hours
    CP 7900 Psychological Research Methods 3 hours


  • Capstone (Non-Licensure)

    MA in Mental Health Counseling students not pursuing licensure may opt to complete the degree by choosing among two capstone options (project or thesis) or the International Counseling Experience with the program director’s approval. Students completing the capstone options will need 60 credit hours for graduation.

    Capstone Options for Students Not Pursuing Licensure:

    CP 7480  Mental Health Counseling Capstone Integrative Paper 3 hours
    CP 7478 Counseling Psychology Capstone Project 3 hours
    CP 7485 Counseling Psychology Thesis 3 hours
    CP 7910 Advanced Research Methods (Required with Thesis) 3 hours
    CP 7969 International Counseling Experience 3 hours

Students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Mental Health Counseling will choose to specialize in one of two offered concentrations.