Counseling Ministries


The Master of Arts degree program in Counseling Ministries (CM) offers training in the application of counseling and psychological theory and practice to ministry settings. Students in this 36-credit program are prepared for work in churches, mission agencies and other settings where lay counseling, support groups and healing ministries are provided. The program is especially designed for lay people and clergy who are involved in the application of counseling and psychological studies to those ministries.

Because the program can be completed in one year, international applicants and furloughed missionaries may find it especially suited to their needs. While this program exists to facilitate the application of counseling and psychological studies to ministry settings, it is not intended to prepare graduates for licensure as counselors, psychotherapists, psychologists, or marriage and family therapists, or to provide psychological services which are restricted to licensed practitioners.

Counseling Ministries students can complete program requirements in one academic year with the addition of courses in one or two summers. Students are free to take courses over a standard two-year period if they desire to remain connected to one class cohort through graduation. An 8-10 hour per week practicum generally begins during the second semester of the program. While the CM coursework and practicum does not prepare students for practicing in the traditional capacity of a mental health professional, students are trained to provide competent services in a church or ministry setting. Students are prepared for serving the Christian community by developing the knowledge, values, and skills of a clinician for application in their unique ministry setting.

Sequence of Courses

You will find that there are both required courses and flexibility in your program at Wheaton. Certain Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and Psychology (PSYC) courses in the fall and spring semesters of the first year are required. The typical sequencing of courses for students is as follows:

Fall Semester Spring Semester Summer Term/Year 2 
PSYC 512 Theories & Principles in Counseling (4) PSYC 551  Coun. Challenges in Min.  (2) Psyc 596 Graduate Internship  (2)
CMHC 611 Soc./Cult./Spirit. Foundations Men Health I  (1) CMHC 612 Soc./Cult./ Spirit Fndts Men Hlth II  (1)   Remaining electives to meet requirement of 36 hours for graduation  
CMHC 624 Issues and Ethics in Professional Practice  (3) CMHC 614 Group Counseling  (3)    
  Core clinical course  (3) BITH 561 Theological Anthropology  (2)    
  Core clinical (3), Elective (3), or Bith TSR (4)*   Psyc 596 Graduate Internship  (2)      
      Psyc 597 Internship Seminar  (0)      
    Core Clin (3), Elective (3), or Bith TSR (4)*        
  Total 14-15 Total 13-14   Total 7-9

Grand Total



* See Courses for options in these categories

** Program maximum of 4 hours from other grad school listings outside of Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and Psychology (PSYC) and TSR's (500 or 600 level). CMHC or PSYC listings must be 400, 500, 600, or specified 800 level.

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