Residential: Sioux Falls
The two-year Master of Arts in Counseling is an integrative program that prepares students to think psychologically and theologically about their work as therapists. The robust program allows students to pursue work in the areas of counseling, marriage & family therapy, child & adolescent behavior, mental health counseling, and more. Students will gain understanding of concepts and discuss practical uses in counseling, participate in supervisory experiences, and be mentored. Upon graduation, students will be prepared to enter professional settings as quality therapists or to pursue doctoral studies.
The Master of Arts in Counseling degree program will equip students with a biblical foundation and a meaningful Christian philosophy coupled with therapeutic skills. Students will develop the following:
- Develop a solid foundation in both theoretical understanding and practical skills in counseling;
- Experience consistent exposure to multicultural issues, the integration of psychology and theology, systemic perspectives and understandings, and ethical and legal issues in all courses throughout the program;
Develop a greater degree of personal awareness with the understanding that “you are your best tool” when it comes to providing effective and meaningful therapy.
Supervised Clinical Experience
The Master of Arts in Counseling program has a strong supervised clinical component. At our on-site training clinic, students develop their therapy skills while meeting the needs of clients from the community. Supervision is provided by the licensed mental health professionals at Sioux Falls Psychological Services, a counseling service owned and operated by Sioux Falls Seminary.
Licensure and Credentialing
Licensure and credentialing call for additional requirements beyond the Master of Arts in Counseling degree. The Master of Arts in Counseling program is designed to meet standards set forth by the Council for the Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Note: Sioux Falls Seminary has not applied for CACREP accreditation.
As in many professions, licensure and credentialing are important parts of a person’s professional recognition and development. In counseling and related fields, laws and rules regulating licensure are established by the individual states and provinces while credentialing requirements are established by various professional organizations. Depending upon his or her career goals, a student might pursue licensure as a licensed professional counselor (LPC) or a licensed marriage and family therapist (LMFT) by receiving their Master of Arts in Counseling degree and then completing the necessary clinical contact, supervision hours, and licensing examination as a postgraduate.
Requirements for Graduation
- Satisfactory completion of 62 semester hours which includes completion of a 600-hour internship that meets CACREP standards;
- Maintenance of a 3.0 grade point average;
Recommendation of faculty.