Master of Arts in Counseling

Combining real-word experience with scholarly training


Each Fall semester, a new cohort of counseling students begins the MA in Counseling program in Detroit. The curriculum of the program takes two years and two summers to complete. Core counseling classes are held on Monday and Wednesday. Non-counseling courses in this program may be taken at the Detroit Center, as well as the Ohio sites evenings (see current “Schedule of Course Offerings” for specific dates).

Students have the opportunity to receive first-hand internship experience on the units of Detroit area hospitals, mental health care facilities and private or parish centered counseling centers. Students may also elect to take a unit of CPE (Clinical Pastoral Education) to fulfill most of their internship experience while completing this program. This wide range of opportunities and the mentoring and expertise of the faculty who serve in the program provide the students with a rich blend of transformational experience and instruction. Students earning the MA in Counseling degree must complete 52 semester hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. Students earning the MA in Counseling degree must complete a total of 52 semester hours.


The Master of Arts in Counseling degree program, offered only at the Detroit Center of the Seminary, seeks to provide the academic and experiential background needed to equip students to effectively minister as professional and pastoral counselors. This degree satisfies the educational requirements for licensure as a counselor in the State of Michigan. It provides training to those interested in clinical expertise who also seek the ability to appropriately integrate spiritual and biblical principles to best assist those they counsel. Unique aspects of the Detroit program include its multicultural environment and cultural and gender sensitivity. Other unique aspects of the program include commitment to the growth of the student emotionally and spiritually through the experience and integration of formational counseling principles and scenario role-playing techniques, and through two years of group counseling experience.

Degree Learning Outcomes (DLOs) and Student Learning Outcomes (SLOs)

The CMHC Program’s assessment system includes broad Degree Learning Outcomes (DLOs) in three areas; Knowledge, Professional Skills, and Personal Attributes. Each of these more general degree learning outcomes is composed of a number of more specific degree learning outcomes as indicated below. (Degree learning outcomes are attained through “student learning objectives” (SLOs) which are specified in course syllabi.)

DLO-I. Knowledge Objectives: By the conclusion of their program, students will be able to distinguish the clinical information needed by professional counselors (“Knowledge Objective” or “KO”). More specifically, the student will be able to:

  • KO1. Articulate the history, professional roles, organizational structures, ethics, standards and credentialing of professional counseling;
  • KO2. Explain the importance of social and cultural diversity, including the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society;
  • KO3. Describe human growth and development and the nature and needs of individuals at all developmental levels, and in multicultural contexts;
  • KO4. Discuss career development and related life factors;
  • KO5. Describe the helping relationship and counseling process in a multicultural society;
  • KO6. Define group work, including group purpose, development, dynamics, theories, methods and skills, and other group approaches in a multicultural society;
  • KO7. Interpret assessments, including individual and group approaches to assessment and evaluation in a multicultural society;
  • KO8. Review research methods, statistical analysis, needs assessment, and program evaluation; and
  • KO9. Identify the role that personal faith or belief systems play in the counseling process.

DLO-II. Professional Skills Objectives: By the conclusion of their program, students will demonstrate ability in professional counseling skills (“Professional Skills Objective” or “PSO”). More specifically, the student will be able to:

  • PSO1. Demonstrate adherence to ethical and legal standards of the professional counseling;
  • PSO2. Demonstrate effective treatment planning and intervention in counseling;
  • PSO3. Demonstrate recognition of personal limitations as a professional counselor and the need to seek supervision or refer clients when appropriate;
  • PSO4. Demonstrate effective service provision to clients in a multicultural society;
  • PSO5. Demonstrate skill in interviewing, assessment, diagnosis, and case management for working with individuals, couples, and families; and
  • PSO6. Demonstrate application of research findings in professional counseling.

DLO-III. Personal Attributes Objectives: By the conclusion of their program, students will exhibit personal characteristics important for professional counseling and counselors (“Personal Attributes Objectives” or “PAO”). More specifically, the student will be able to:

  • PAO1. Explain the importance of boundaries and limitations to competency;
  • PAO2. Act with integrity and honesty;
  • PAO3. Demonstrate interpersonal strength and maturity; and
  • PAO4. Act professionally, as is generally recognized, within the counseling profession.

Degree Design

Class Name Credit Hours
Religious Heritage Core
BSG 5510 Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation 2 hours
CTH 5510 Fundamentals of Christian Theology 2 hours
Counseling Core Courses
CLC 5501 Spiritual Themes in Clinical Counseling 2 hours
CLC 5511 Human Growth and Development 3 hours
CLC 5520 Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling 3 hours
CNS 5521 Crisis Counseling 1.5 hours
CNS 5527 Dimensions of Healing 1.5 hours
CLC 5530 Group Dynamics I 1.5 hours
CLC 5531 Group Dynamics II 1.5 hours
CNS 5548 Counseling Theories and Techniques 3 hours
CNS 5570 Professional Ethics and Responsibilities 3 hours
CNS 6622 Lifestyle and Career Counseling 2.5 hours
CNS 6647 Counseling and Consulting 2 hours
CNS 6651 Group Counseling I 1.5 hours
CNS 6652 Group Counseling II 1.5 hours
CNS 6691 Introduction to Research Methods and Design 3 hours
CNS 6692 Psychological Testing and Evaluation 2.5 hours
CNS 7744 Marriage and Family Counseling 1.5 hours
Practicum and Internship
CLC 6636 Practicum in Counseling 2 hours
CLC 7796 Internship in Counseling I 2 hours
CNS 7797 Internship in Counseling II 2 hours
Clinical Content Courses
CNS 7729 Differential Diagnosis 3 hours
CNS 7795 Treatment Planning Principles and Practice 3 hours
Elective Courses
Choose 1 of the following 5 courses:
CNS 7728 Formational Prayer 3 hours
CNS 7746 Grief Counseling 1.5 hours
CNS 7753 Scenario Role Playing 1.5 hours
CNS 7777 Substance Abuse 3 hours
Practical Ministry Elective 3 hours
Total Hours 52 hours


Clinical Counseling is the professional discipline of providing preventative and remedial services through counseling, training, educating, and consulting. This is an exciting and rewarding expression of Christ’s call to bring hope and comfort to the oppressed (Luke 4; Isaiah 61). Students who complete either the MAC in Michigan will be eligible to sit for the appropriate licensure exam in these states.

Who to Contact

Jerrolynn Hockenhull, PhD, DMin, LPC 248-559-1400