Program Demands and Schedule
The Master of Arts in Counseling program offers two options for class times to accomodate the demands of your busy life. The program offers both day and evening sections for interested applicants (depending upon each section reaching the needed number of students). The day program group (with exception of the three speciality courses) takes classes from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., while the evening group attends courses from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Classes are held Monday and Thursday, with some scheduled breaks throughout the year.
The 60-semester-hour program can be completed in 33 months allowing many to afford to step away from demanding careers into temporary jobs that can accomodate the rigor of acquiring a master's degree in counseling. Many of our students have been able to maintain full time employment while in the program but this is dependent on each student's life situation and demands.
Our program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)—the gold standard in the field professional counseling. The University is authorized to offer associate’s degrees in all fields, bachelor’s degrees in all fields, and master’s degrees in the fields of Administration/Leadership, Business, Counseling, Education, Nursing and Religion. The University accreditation is through the Higher Learning Commission.
The counselor education program is in a constant state of self evaluation using multiple means of assessment. These evaluation methods are crucial to ongoing program improvement and vital to the health of our overall program. The link below leads to a recent program review and minutes which includes a summary of data from surveys to our past students, supervisors, and employers along with some data generated measuring CACREP standards in our tracks. You will also see recommended departmental changes based on feedback from the multiple means of assessment that were generated at the department's mid-term program review. If you have any questions or comments email Dr. Todd Frye, Dean of the School of Behavioral Sciences and Counseling.
MNU Counselor Education Department has a chapter of Chi Sigma Iota. This is an honor society reflecting student excellence in counseling.
Free iBook Download
We are excited to offer you a free download of our counselor education department Program Manual on the iTunes app store (for those with iPhones, iPads, iPod Touches). All new students in the program receive iPads so they can access these resources and more.
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