ACADEMICS » M.S. in Counseling Ministries

48 credit hours

Overview | On Campus Course Schedule | Online Course Schedule
Required Courses and Electives | Counseling Center


Online Program Schedule

Terms begin each year in August, October, January, March, and May.

View online program details and requirements here.

Course Sequence

View schedule for students beginning in the Spring semester here.

Year ONe - For students beginning in the fall semester:

Fall first Session

CO502 Biblical Theology of Counseling (2 credits) – TBA
This course covers the centrality of the Bible in its relationship to biblical counseling, student development of a theology of counseling with respect to counseling philosophy and methodology; and the church’s role in counseling from the perspective of pastors and non-clergy.

CO508 Methods of Biblical Change (2 credits) –Gerlin Valencia, PhD
This course covers elements for effective relationship-building between counselor and counselee, the process of affecting behavioral, attitudinal, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual heart change in counselees’ lives, and elements of spiritual dynamics, grace accountability, and follow up in their relationship to affecting biblical change in counselees’ lives.

Fall Second Session

CO506 Biblical Philosophy of Counseling (2 credits) – TBA
This course covers student formulation and articulation of a personal philosophy of biblical counseling with emphasis on the Scripture’s sufficiency in meeting human needs. Analysis of various Christian counselors and philosophies toward biblical counseling and historical perspectives relative to contemporary issues in counseling will be taught.

CO520 Theories and Techniques of Counseling (3 credits) – TBA
This course is an analysis of a broad range of theories in counseling. The nature of the counseling relationship and techniques used in promoting counselee change, and the role and practice of the professional counselor will be taught.

Spring First Session

CO511 Statistical Methods and Applications (3 credits) – Barry Smith, PhD
This course is an examination of descriptive and basic inferential statistical techniques, including correlation, principles of probability, and hypothesis testing, with emphasis on computer applications and the utilization of a statistical package.

CO535 Introduction to Group Counseling (3 credits) – TBA
On campus, one-week module, January 10-14, 2011
This course is a study of the process involved in group development, dynamics, counseling, and closure. Leadership styles, elements of cohesion, issues of confidentiality, and various theories of group approaches; ethics and moral guidelines, as well as analysis of long-term effectiveness from group experiences, and includes an experiential component which includes voluntary self-disclosure activities.

Spring second Session

CO532 Career Counseling (3 credits) – Heather Hall, M.S. (doctoral cand.)
This course is a survey of developmental theories, decision-making paradigms, and principles for vocational guidance. Factors involving choice of colleges and/or other educational options as they relate to career planning, and information service tools as they relate to the career counseling process are included.

.CO530 Human Development (3 credits) – Gerlin Valencia, PhD
This course covers lifespan learning and development with respect to human personality formation; developmental processes and adjustment functions within cultural contexts; and interplay between human development, personality formation, and the role of learning in formulating life constructs.


CO504 Applications of Biblical Counseling (2 credits) – Gerlin Valencia, PhD
On campus, one-week module

This course covers practical outworking of biblical counseling principles; opportunities for student involvement in seeing and performing the art of counseling; and opportunities for counselee contact in counseling relationships.

CO540 Abnormal Behavior (3 credits) –TBA
This course is an in-depth examination of causes, classifications, referral procedures, and intervention strategies relating to character, personality, cognitive, and affective disturbances. The student will gain a working knowledge of the DSM.

Year Two

Fall First Session

CO510 Research Methods (3 credits) – Barry Smith, PhD
This course is an introduction to tools, methods, and design of research studies, with emphasis on students’ contribution skills as well as their intelligent use of research literature. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to scientific inquiry and included survey, observational, descriptive, correlational, and experimental research designs are presented. (Prerequisite: An undergraduate or graduate course in statistical methods is recommended.)

CO550 Ethics and Professional Orientation to Counseling (3 credits) – Gerlin Valencia, PhD
This course is an investigation of legal, ethical, and moral issues germane to professional counseling, as well as credentials and professionalism, affiliation, professional membership, licensure, and certification. Malpractice and legal responsibilities in relationship to counselor trainees and professional counselors is covered.

Fall second Session

CO542 Appraisal and Testing in Counseling (3 credits) –TBA
This course is a survey of assessment instruments which are involved in appraisal and counseling processes, including intellectual and personality inventories. Validity/reliability, report writing, and ethical practices in the use of assessment devices is included along with supervised opportunities to administer various assessment instruments to counselees. (Prerequisite: equivalent of an undergraduate or graduate course in tests and measurements or statistics.)

CO560 Ethnicity, Families and Counseling (3 credits) – Gerlin Valencia, PhD
This course is a study of the ethnic, cultural, and societal factors which influence contemporary family units and individuals within those units. Multiculturalism and societal pluralism and implications for counseling individuals within the family are included.

Spring First Session

CO595 Comprehensive Examination
Upon successful completion of all academic coursework and the comprehensive examination, with the permission of the instructor, the student may begin the following sequence of fieldwork experiences:

Spring second Session

CO580 Practicum (3 credits) – Friedie Loescher, DMin (begins with on campus, one-week module with the first offering available in Session One of the fall 2012 semester)
The practicum fieldwork follows the classroom module and is a supervised experience in which the student participates in providing counseling services under the direction of a qualified supervisor and maintains logs documenting participation experiences. (NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to find an acceptable counseling setting in their locale.)

Upon successful completion of Comprehensive examination and practicum hours:

CO590 Internship (3 credits) – Friedie Loescher, DMin
This is the program’s capstone course, an advanced-level experience in which the student performs extensive professional counseling functions under the guidance of an approved supervisor and maintains logs documenting participation experiences. (NOTE: It is the student’s responsibility to find an acceptable counseling setting in their locale.)