Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling - Residential Program


As the Lord tears down and rebuilds lives, we are invited to be his workmen. The vision of the Grace College Graduate School of Counseling faculty is for our students to have a strong, unwavering biblical world view and a deep understanding that Christ makes all things new. 

Our students are trained to assist hurting people in the healing journey by being scripturally grounded, professionally skilled, and interpersonally competent as they work in faith-based and secular mental health agencies. Students completing the 62-hour Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree are prepared and qualified to begin the process of acquiring state licensure in mental health counseling or pursue doctoral studies in counseling.

Do you enjoy the classroom environment or prefer to work online?  You can choose from either program format: Residential or Online.

The online format involves some on-site class work in support of the majority of online course work. The Grace College Graduate School of Counseling is committed to equipping students to being scripturally grounded, clinically skilled, and interpersonally competent as they work in the church and mental health agencies. Graduates work in a variety of settings such as hospitals, secular and Christian mental health centers, schools, residential centers, private practice, and churches.

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Program Brochure

Schedule of Study for M.A. Clinical Mental Health Counseling (residential)

School Counselor Licensure

Students interested in School Counseling: Grace College and St. Francis University have collaborated in an effort to assist Grace CMHC students interested in obtaining school licensure. Click below for more details.

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Examples of courses in this major:

CPY5050, CPY 5050I Theological Foundations of Counseling

This course will examine the theological foundation of counseling specifically as it pertains to Scriptural truth and principles. Topics such as the historical relationship between counseling and theology; attributes of God as the author of counseling; key concepts of biblical counseling; therapeutic process of biblical counseling; and therapeutic techniques of biblical counseling will be explored. Three hours.

CPY6350, CPY 6350I Group Counseling

This course will examine the history, theories and methods of group counseling as applied in a multicultural society and as viewed from a Christian perspective. Learners will be trained in applications of group psychotherapy through group discussions, a group experiential simulation, and role-playing demonstrations for the purpose of developing and growing their group leadership proficiency. Three hours.

CPY5500, CPY 5500I Psychotherapy and Trauma

This course will examine the nature and practice of psychotherapy as it pertains to the topic of crises, disasters, and other trauma causing events. The nature of trauma, trauma resolution, and the standard of care in responding to trauma survivors will be explored. The course includes an emphasis on the study of Scripture to gain a biblical understanding of the process involved in grappling with suffering and how this applies to trauma survivors. Three hours.

CPY5250, CPY 5250I Psychopathology

This course provides an introduction to the concepts of psychopathology and to the major diagnostic categories of the current DSM and their etiologies. Learners will examine issues of psychopathology and normalcy through the lens of Scripture, providing an opportunity for students to develop diagnostic skills. Emphasis is placed on understanding how cultural, biological, social, psychological and spiritual factors are all necessary components when developing an ethical model of assessment and treatment planning. Three hours.

CPY6200, CPY 6200I Ethical/Legal Issues

This course is designed to develop a broad biblical knowledge base, critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills for mental health counseling practice. A focus on the development of student desire and diligence as practicing counselors and the development of a high degree of personal and professional ethics to enhance clinical work will be emphasized. Three hours.