Master of Arts in Counseling (Michigan Cohort) - Ashland Theological Seminary

Master of Arts in Counseling (Michigan Cohort)


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Is the Master of Arts in Counseling program right for you? Do you:

  • Feel called to change the world one person at a time…
  • Believe true change happens in our lives from the inside out,
  • Aspire to serve individuals, couples, and families with your gifts of encouragement and wisdom,
  • Find yourself coming alongside others with compassion and hope.
  • Want to make a difference that changes lives for generations.


If any of the above describes you, then the Master of Arts in Counseling program sounds like the right place for you to experience your counselor education training. Our unique degree…

  • Fulfills the educational requirements for licensure as a counselor in the State of Michigan
  • Integrates spiritual and biblical principles into a professional counseling environment
  • Focuses on the cultural context of relationships, issues, and trends in a multicultural society
  • Promotes your personal growth in spiritual maturity and interpersonal strength


What to expect in the Master of Arts in Counseling program:

  • First-hand internship experience on the units of Detroit area hospitals, mental health care facilities, and private or parish-centered counseling centers.
  • Cultural and gender sensitivity practiced and promoted in a vibrant, multicultural community.
  • Commitment to student growth through integration of formational counseling principles, scenario role-playing techniques, and two years of group counseling experience.


Location(s) Offered:

Detroit Center
Suite 600
24901 Northwestern Hwy
Southfield, MI 48075


The MAC 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



Religious Heritage Courses

6 hours

BSG 5510 Fundamentals of Biblical Interpretation2 hours
CTH 5510 Fundamentals of Christian Theology2 hours
CNS 5501 Spiritual Themes in Counseling2 hours

Counseling Core Courses

38 hours

CNS 5504 Intro to Mental Health Counseling2 hours
CNS 5508 Counseling Techniques3 hours
CNS 5509 Counseling Theories3 hours
CNS 5511 Human Growth and Development3 hours
CNS 5520 Social and Cultural Issues in Counseling3 hours
CNS 5531 Group Dynamics I1.5 hours
CNS 5532 Group Dynamics II1.5 hours
CNS 5570 Professional Ethics and Responsibilities3 hours
CNS 6622 Lifestyle and Career Counseling3 hours
CNS 6647 Counseling and Consulting1.5 hours
CNS 6651 Group Counseling I1.5 hours
CNS 6652 Group Counseling II1.5 hours
CNS 6691 Introduction to Research Methods and Design3 hours
CNS 6692 Assessment3 hours
CNS 7729 Differential Diagnosis3 hours
CNS 7744 Marriage and Family Counseling1.5 hours

Clinical Content Courses

15 hours

CNS 5521 Crisis Counseling3 hours
CNS 7756 Introduction to Substance Abuse3 hours
CNS 7761 Personality Assessment3 hours
CNS 7787 Treatment of Mood and Anxiety Disorders3 hours
CNS 7795 Treatment Planning Principles and Practice3 hours

Practicum and Internship

5 hours

CNS 6635 Practicum in Counseling2 hours
CNS 7796 Internship in Counseling I1.5 hours
CNS 7797 Internship in Counseling II1.5 hours

Total Hours

64 hours


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