General Description and Program Goals

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling degree is a two year program that provides in-depth course work for those who wish to be equipped with counseling competence needed to assist Christian individuals and families both in and out of the local church context. The degree program requires 50 semester credits. As many as 25 semester credits of graduate work may be transferred from another institution. It is a non-licensure program, which is not designed to fulfill the California state requirements for licensure.


The goals of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling program are to:

  • To prepare students for practical counseling ministry; and
  • To prepare students for counseling related services in church and community.


Learning Outcome:
Upon completing this degree, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate general knowledge of Bible and theology;
  • Integrate Bible/theology and counseling/ psychology;
  • Demonstrate personal and spiritual maturity as a care giving professional;
  • Demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of counseling theories in specific area(s);
  • Demonstrate leadership and practical skills for counseling and its related services;
  • Demonstrate critical thinking ability for academic research; and
  • Demonstrate cultural sensitivity, knowledge, and/or skills in counseling



Students who do not have a BA in psychology or (Christian) counseling must take 3 credits of BA-level prerequisite course.  The following course is required:


CE 210 Life-Span Development (3 credits)
LA102  Introduction to Psychology (3 credits)


Graduation Requirements
To graduate from the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling program the student is required to have completed a minimum of 50 semester credits with a 2.5 GPA or above. At least 28 credits must be completed at World Mission University. Students must demonstrate competence of at least average level on the Student Training Evaluation Form.



Students can choose to write a thesis if they want.  When they write a thesis, it will be submitted and approved by the graduation committee. The student will register for the course PT604 thesis during the final fall semester of the program and submit a prospectus and outline of the project for faculty approval in advance. The school will assign an advisor according to the topic of the thesis. The length of the project will be approximately 50 pages  of the text, double-spaced. The project must meet the writing standards of WMU.

If students choose not to write a thesis, they must take ministry project or a counseling course instead.


Course Titles and Level

All courses at the Masters level are numbered 500 – 699. Course descriptions are provided in this catalog.


Degree Requirements: 50 credits


The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling requires 50 semester credits of course work comprised of 12 credits of Biblical/Theological studies, 3 credits of Practical Ministry Studies, 24 credits of Professional studies, and 11 credits of field education.