Pursue your calling to help others with Bethel University’s online Master of Arts in Counseling degree. As a hybrid program (online and on-ground) , this degree allows you the flexibility to complete your education at your own pace through a combination of online coursework, internship opportunities and on-campus field placement requirements. With the choice of three concentrations, including addictions, marriage and family counseling and mental health, you can gain the right skills for your specific career path. As you explore an advanced curriculum centered on the latest mental health innovations, you’ll prepare for the counseling licensing exam in Indiana, along with a rewarding career.

Whether you aspire to open a private practice, or are determined to earn a top-level leadership role in mental health with a doctoral degree, this program will set you on the right path to achieving your academic and professional goals. Instructed by a faculty of dedicated professionals, this degree features courses that cover a variety of the field’s key topics. When you graduate, you’ll be fully prepared to make a difference in the lives of others through professional counseling.

Bethel is 1 of 10 Indiana colleges to be recognized as a 2019 College of Distinction, and 1 of 58 schools in the nation to be named a Christian College of Distinction. This honor is given to colleges and universities that excel in the Four Distinctions: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant communities and successful outcomes.

Career Outcomes

Addiction Counselor

Addiction counselors specialize in helping patients overcome their dependency on alcohol and drugs. They work in a variety of settings including hospitals, medical centers, and substance abuse treatment facilities, and are responsible for developing interventions and treatment plans, managing caseloads, performing evaluations, and related tasks. These professionals earn a median annual salary of $42,707.

Mental Health Counselor

Mental health counselors are responsible for providing mental health services for patients. Working in a variety of settings, they may be responsible for facilitating counseling sessions, preparing and implementing treatment plans, helping individuals work through issues such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, and other mental challenges, and related duties. These professionals earn a median annual salary of $46,682

Why Bethel University Online?

  • Accelerated Learning.

    With six academic sessions per year, seven-week courses, and a transfer-friendly credit policy, online students earn their degree faster than ever.

  • Affordable.

    For the third year in a row, Washington Monthly has ranked Bethel University in the top 10 in the Midwest on its annual list of the “Best Bang for the Buck Colleges,” coming in at No. 7 for 2018.

  • A Christian Community.

    Bethel combines academic excellence with a biblical foundation, preparing students to truly impact the world.

About Bethel University

Bethel University was founded in 1947 and is an accredited, evangelical institution located in Mishawaka, Indiana. It is a Christian community of learners dedicated to building lives of commitment for leadership in the church and the world. Bethel provides liberating academic and co-curricular programs to challenge the mind, enlarge the vision and equip the whole person for lifelong service. At Bethel, we are committed to cultivating a spirited community of engaged learners who are prepared for service in the real world.


Bethel University is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and is a member of numerous associations, institutes and councils. Bethel is also authorized by the state of Indiana to operate as a postsecondary institution. Bethel University participates in the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) as an approved Indiana NC-SARA institution. The education programs at Bethel are accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE), and nursing programs are accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing.

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