Master of Arts in Counseling

Open a private practice, work in a clinical behavioral health setting, lead a non-profit organization or go on to complete a Ph.D.

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Counseling program is a 60 credit hour hybrid master’s degree that prepares students for Indiana state licensure. This degree provides flexibility to build your own career direction. Three concentrations are available:  Addictions, Mental Health and Marriage and Family.

We also offer the M.A. in Counseling fully online.

Application Process

  • Complete an application.
  • Schedule an information meeting with an Enrollment Counselor.
  • Bethel University requires an official transcript from the college or university you received your Bachelor degree from. They can be mailed in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to
  • Complete FAFSA and contact financial aid at 574.807.7326 if you are seeking federal student loans.

Program Features

Tuition and Fees

Graduate Programs
Ministry/Theology = $320 per credit hour
Education = $400 per credit hour
Transition-to-Teaching = $400 per credit hour
Other (MA, MBA, MSN, MAC) = $465 per credit hour

Service Assessment (per semester) for all programs:

  • Full-time undergraduate nontraditional students: $185
  • Full-time graduate students: $160
  • All part-time students: $135
  • Summer school: $125

Admission Requirements

  • Complete an application online
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a GPA of 3.0.
  • Bethel University requires official transcripts from each college/university attended. They can be mailed in a sealed envelope or sent electronically to
  • 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 the construction of your identified goals and worldview.
  • A personal interview with the coordinator of the program.
  • Undergraduate course work, less than 10 years old, with a B or above in Psychology, totaling at least 15 hours is preferred. Completed courses should include:
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Theories of Personality
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Research Methods
    • Statistics
    • Group facilitation
    • Individual interviewing/counseling techniques
    • Introduction to Psychology
  • A TOEFL score of 540 or higher on the paper version, 207 or higher on the computer version if English is not your native language.

Required Courses

Financial Aid and Payment Plan Options

Contact Us

Lauren Sharpe
Enrollment Counselor

Bethel University
1001 Bethel Circle
Mishawaka, IN 46545