Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries

Life is sacred, and human problems are complex. Transformation requires wisdom, love and hope. That's why we offer a counseling degree with real meaning.

MTSO's MA in Counseling Ministries program is dedicated to equipping pastoral and professional counselors with knowledge and skills, broad theological foundations, and psychological and behavioral-sciences grounding. With an MTSO counseling degree, you'll be well prepared to help individuals, families, and communities find meaning, healing, transformation and growth. You will develop knowledge of major theories of counseling and psychotherapy. Beyond that, you'll learn to integrate psychological and behavioral sciences with wisdom from religious tradition.

A student's perspective

"I felt this overwhelming sense that I could be doing more": MA in Counseling Ministries student Kaylan Guzman shared her story at MTSO's annual Student Stories Luncheon. Here are highlights of her remarks.

Talk with an admissions counselor about MTSO and the MACM degree. Email or call 800-333-6876.

A MACM degree is offered in one of three tracks.

Track I – Pastoral Care and Counseling

59 credit hours

Provides grounding in the theory and practice of pastoral care while allowing students to choose special areas of study through the use of electives.

Sample schedule for Track I (Fall 2016 start)

Track II – Addiction Counseling

60.5 credit hours

Fulfills the 270 clock hours of chemical dependency-specific education, which is part of the Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor requirements set by the Ohio Chemical Dependency Professionals Board. Post-graduation eligibility for licensure requirements includes related work experience (a master’s degree in a behavioral science may be substituted for 2,000 hours of work experience) and successful completion of the AODA written examination and the case presentation examination.

Sample schedule for Track II (Fall 2016 start)

Track III – Pastoral and Professional Counseling

83 credit hours

Intended for those who wish to pursue careers as professional counselors. Track III leads to eligibility to take the Professional Counselor Licensing Board examination.

Please note: MTSO is no longer enrolling students for MACM Track III. We continue to welcome new students for MACM tracks I and II.

Sample schedule for Track III (Fall 2016 start)

Degree requirements

MACM Degree Requirements

Dual-degree requirements

MACM resources (internship guidelines and forms)

Academic forms