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Make a difference in the lives of others and go further in your counseling career.

The need for counselors is growing dramatically. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 23 percent increase in the number of these positions by 2026—a rate of growth considered much faster than average. At Bethel University, the hybrid (on-ground and online) Master of Arts in Counseling degree can help you prepare to meet this need and go further in your field.

Combining a rigorous academic curriculum with hands-on training, the online master’s in counseling helps you pursue clinical expertise needed to advance your career. With concentrations available in marriage and family counseling, mental health counseling, and addiction counseling, you’ll have the opportunity to tailor your education to fit your unique professional goals. Upon completion of your degree, you’ll be successfully prepared to sit for your Indiana licensing exam, as well as for the National Counselor Certification (NCC).**

The hybrid (online and on-ground) master’s in counseling also provides you with valuable real-world experience. As part of your required course work, we require on-ground classes where you’ll learn the theories, the process of counseling, and participate in a small group setting. Additionally, you must take three credit hours of a practicum and six hours of an internship. During these field placements you’ll learn from professionals who currently work in the field, and partner with your program coordinator to ensure you acquire the advanced skills you need.

Upon graduation, you’ll be equipped to work in a number of settings and leadership roles, such as those in clinical behavioral health or the nonprofit sector. You’ll also be prepared to continue your studies at the doctoral level.


Bethel University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission to grant bachelor’s and master’s degrees. The Higher Learning Commission is one of six regional accrediting agencies in the United States. Institutional accreditation evaluates an entire institution and accredits it as a whole.

*Transfer graduate-level credit must be petitioned with department for approval.

** Some states require the same licensure requirements, others do not. Students who wish to earn their licensure for states other than Indiana must review the specific rules and regulations for that area.

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Program Details

Next Start Date: March 8, 2020
Credit Hours: 60
Cost/Credit: $465
Transfer Credits: Up to 18*
Est. Completion Time: 2-3 Years
*Transfer graduate-level credit must be petitioned with department for approval.:

Course Requirements

Bethel’s online master’s in counseling features a comprehensive curriculum grounded in biblical values. Because the program features three distinct study tracks, you’ll have the capacity to tailor your degree to fit the career you want.

  • COUN 501: Human Development Across the Life Span
  • COUN 511: Theories & Techniques of Counseling
  • COUN 521: Group Counseling
  • COUN 552: Social and Cultural Diversity
  • COUN 573: Evidence-based Practices & Outcomes Management
  • COUN 613: Research Methods & Statistical Applications
  • COUN 614: Career Counseling
  • COUN 615: Psychometric Theory & Development
  • COUN 645: Practice Management & Consultation

Select one of the following tracks:

  • COUN 531: Personality
  • COUN 542: Psychopathology
  • COUN 562: Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues
  • MFCT 541: Family Systems Theory
  • MFCT 552: Marriage & Family Therapy
  • MFCT 587: Practicum
  • MFCT 601: Family Development
  • MFCT 623: Family Assessment
  • MFCT 654: Family Stress & Transitions
  • MFCT 687: Internship
  • COUN 531: Personality
  • COUN 542: Psychopathology
  • COUN 562: Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues
  • COUN 663: Psychopharmacology
  • MHC 541: Foundations of Mental Health Counseling
  • MHC 553: Delivery Systems in Mental Health
  • MHC 587: Practicum
  • MHC 624: Application of Mental Health Practices
  • MHC 654: Brief Therapy Strategies in Mental Health
  • MHC 687: Internship
  • COUN 531: Personality
  • COUN 542: Psychopathology
  • COUN 562: Professional, Legal & Ethical Issues
  • COUN 663: Psychopharmacology
  • ADC 501: Foundations of Addiction Counseling
  • ADC 510: Intake, Assessment & Treatment Planning
  • ADC 515: Prevention & Intervention
  • ADC 520: Treatment Modalities – Abstinence to Harm Reduction
  • ADC 587: Practicum
  • ADC 687: Internship

Admission Requirements

All application materials are to be submitted to the MA in Counseling Office at the same time. Applicants will state their intention to be admitted into a specific specialization offered by the program.

Candidates for Bethel’s online Master’s in Counseling will need to submit the following:

  • Online graduate application
  • Official transcripts (in sealed envelopes) from all undergraduate and graduate work
  • Three letters of recommendation (academic and/or professional)
  • 350-500 word essay describing (a) vocational goals, (b) personal worldview and values, and (c) how your developmental history has contributed to your identified goals and worldview.
  • Applicants must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, and maintained a minimum GPA of 3.0.
  • Students are also required to complete a personal interview with the director of our program.
  • For students whose first language is not English, TOEFL scores are required. A student must achieve a score of 540 or higher on the paper test, or 207 or higher on the computer version.

Additional Requirements:

  • Previous undergraduate coursework in psychology must total at least 9 hours. Coursework must be completed in the past 10 years*. Completed courses will include:
    • Lifespan human growth and development
    • Abnormal psychology
    • Research methods

*Provisional admission may be granted in specific cases.

Tuition and Fees

***Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to six semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits.

Bethel’s Payment Plan:

The college has a monthly installment plan available through Tuition Management Systems. There is no finance charge associated with this plan, however, an annual application fee is required. The payment plan is available through the college’s business office.

Financial Aid

Bethel University is committed to ensuring that all our students receive an affordable education.

We offer financial aid based on need, and military benefits and are proud to offer extraordinarily competitive tuition rates.

FAFSA Information

To learn more about your financial aid options or submit a FAFSA, please see our Financial Aid page.

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Career Outcomes

The online master’s in counseling program can open doors to new and exciting career opportunities. Career information from

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.

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.

Marriage and family therapists specialize in helping families and couples work through psychological and relationship difficulties. They may be responsible for providing support, developing action plans, assessing and diagnosing illness, facilitating group sessions, collaborating with medical doctors, and a host of other duties. Licensure requirements for this career vary, so individuals should check their specific state requirements. These professionals earn a median annual salary of $51,453.

Benefits of Learning Online

An online degree can open doors to your career while allowing you to study in a convenient, affordable format.

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  • A friendly phone call. We’ll contact you within 24 hours, ready to answer all of your questions.
  • An information packet. Look for our email. We’ll send you a digital packet containing important information about Bethel including academics, admissions, financial aid, and more.
  • Personalized treatment. You’ll get immediate access to your own dedicated and knowledgeable enrollment counselor. They’ll ask you more about your goals at Bethel, and walk you through everything you need to know to apply.

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