Master of Arts in Counseling

Geneva College

Master's in Counseling

Master's in Counseling

Making a difference in the lives of others can start with a Geneva College Master of Arts Degree in Counseling.

Regardless of delivery method—either online or on campus—all of Geneva's counseling programs are fully accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). That includes our master’s in counseling program.

This master’s in counseling program offers academic training from a Christ-centered perspective for students looking to pursue a career path of professional counseling. Students can choose from one of three concentrations: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; or Professional School Counseling.

M.A. in Counseling Program Information

M.A. In Counseling Program

Select an option to learn more about the M.A. In Counseling program at Geneva College.

Apply Now

Meet Our Faculty

Counseling Curriculum

The M.A. in Counseling Program offers the following concentrations: Clinical Mental Health, Marriage, Couple, and Family, and Professional School Counseling. All three programs are accredited under the 2016 CACREP standards.
Counseling Programs/Student Outcomes Data
CACREP Accredited Program

Dr. Jim Matta

Dr. Jim Matta

Mission and Philosophy

The mission of the Master of Arts in Counseling Programs is to educate, supervise, and mentor students to develop knowledge, skills, and personal awareness necessary for them to function as professional counselors.

Professional counselors use various interventions to facilitate wellness, personal growth, and mental health among those whom they counsel. A multidimensional holistic view of persons examines the interplay of physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of life. A multidimensional holistic view of persons examines the interplay of physical, psychological, social, and spiritual aspects of life.

Read More about Our Mission and Philosophy

Why Geneva?

Students earning their Master's in Counesling degree will benefit from a fully integrated program that combines the foundational tenets of Christian faith along with the secular viewpoints necessary to provide well-rounded professional counseling guidance to individuals in secular and religious settings. Students will learn how to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the Christian faith, as well as other roles of spirituality and religion on the change process, and demonstrate competencies around integrating these perspectives into analysis, evaluation, and/ or case conceptualization processes in professional counseling settings.

The Clinical Mental Health master of counseling degree equips students with a multidimensional viewpoint that takes into account the relational aspects of an individual’s social, spiritual, psychological and physical health. Professional counselors or therapist with a school counseling master’s degree will learn the necessary counseling tools and interventions needed to guide an individual toward improved mental health, wellness and personal growth. The Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling Program introduces students to the history, philosophy and etiological premises that define the practice of marriage and family counseling/therapy.

All of Geneva’s Master of Arts in Counseling programs are CACREP (Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs) accredited, which opens up a much broader window into career opportunities. Having this accreditation means that our programs have been vetted by the highest training standards, making our graduates highly qualified and prepared in the counseling field. This is an enormous benefit for Geneva’s counseling students and graduates.

Program Information

Throughout their curriculum, students will understand the core knowledge of the profession, which includes developmental theory, career development, assessment, research, ethics, multicultural awareness, counseling theory, and group work as well as training in counseling and helping relationships, all from a Christian perspective. Recent graduates of the programs have found employment in a variety of work settings including schools, clinics, church counseling centers, and public and private agencies.

94% of Geneva students have taken the National Counselor Exam and that 99% of those students passed the comprehensive exam on the first try.

Our students get to interact with industry experts. Our Master of Arts in Counseling faculty are among some of the brightest in the nation who are constantly researching, learning and contributing to the counseling field. Their years of unique and eye-opening experiences are then brought into the classroom and taught to students.

All students of Geneva’s Master of Arts in Counseling programs will complete a total of 60 credit hours with their choice of concentration in Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling; Clinical Mental Health Counseling; or School Counseling.

Can you become a counselor for online patients? How long does a master’s degree take? What kind of career paths can I take with this degree? And where can I get answers? At Geneva College, we’re here for all your questions. And we’re here to help. Just fill out the form on this page to get started on your Christian-focused master’s in counseling degree from Geneva College.

Your Career Possibilities

Wondering “What can I do with a master’s in counseling degree?” As a graduate of our master’s degree in counseling, you could find job opportunities in the following work settings:

  • Education institutions (primary, secondary, post-secondary level)
  • Community health centers
  • Group homes
  • Family service agency
  • Adoption agencies
  • Residential treatment center
  • Mental health agency
  • Church/worship centers

Your education — and your career growth — doesn’t have to stop awith your master’s in counseling. In fact, many of our students go on to pursue a doctorate degree in counseling. To learn more about pursuing one of these educational paths through Geneva College, please fill out the form on this page for more information. 

State Authorization

SARA Approved Institution

Geneva is an approved SARA institution in Pennsylvania. The National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements (NC-SARA) is a voluntary, regional approach to state oversight of postsecondary distance education. States and institutions that choose to participate agree to operate under common standards and procedures, providing a more uniform and less costly regulatory environment for institutions and more focused oversight responsibilities for states. Geneva College's participation in NC-SARA allows Geneva's programs to be available to students who are located in member statesAt present, California is the only U.S. state to have not yet joined NC-SARA.

Students who begin an online program while located in a state in which Geneva is authorized to offer online programs need to be aware that moving to a state or location in which Geneva is not authorized to offer the program may have negative consequences, such as the loss of eligibility for certain forms of financial aid and/or the ability to complete the academic program.

Please note that SARA membership does not include reciprocity for licensure or certification issues with other states. Geneva's licensure programs meet Pennsylvania licensure and certification requirements only. Completion of these requirements does not guarantee compatibility with other state licensure certifications. Before enrolling in an online licensure program at Geneva, research whether the licensure will be compatible with those of your home state.

Student resources are available regarding Withdrawal & Refund Policies.

Classes are offered at the following locations:

  • Online
  • Main Campus