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Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling is designed for human services professionals who need additional, graduate-level training for advancement or new opportunities, as well as students who are just entering the human services and mental health support field. The online Masters in Human Services Counseling degree does not require any on-campus visits and has no thesis requirement so that you can fit the flexible online courses into your busy schedule. As a Christian college, Liberty University is invested in training human services professionals who can apply the best available scientific research and clinical tools to their practice with a biblical worldview. As such, the online Masters in Human Services Counseling will equip you to better serve your clients who struggle with the basic challenges of life by addressing their social, psychological, and spiritual needs.
The Christian Ministries area of study provides Christian ministry training to equip you for a counseling or human services related ministry. The Christian Ministry cognate espouses core human services courses with divinity curriculum to best equip you to provide Christian-based guidance to those in need. If you are currently in a mental health and support role in ministry and find that you need advanced studies in human services skills with a ministry emphasis, the Christian Ministries area of study will give you the training you need.
Do you have a passion for studying the human mind and finding the best way to help people improve their lives by changing their behavior? With the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling, you can embark on the fascinating study of human behavior and psychology while applying this knowledge to help solve specific, real-world problems in the counseling and mental health field. The Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling provides a balance of field-tested practice and cutting-edge research in behavioral sciences so that you can be confident that your approach to treatment will be backed by solid scientific study while still maintaining a biblical worldview in ethics and practice.
If you find yourself in a position of ministering to people who need guidance and counseling support in your current ministry, or if you want to branch out and start to bring human services skills to support your community, the Christian Ministries area of study for the online Masters in Human Services counseling will provide the training you need. With a balance of evidence-based, scientifically supported counseling methods and a firm biblical worldview, the online Masters in Human Services Counseling will ensure that you can meet your small group, youth, or church ministry challenges with effective Christian counseling technique.
*Please note that the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling is not designed to fulfill all clinical counseling requirements. You can view Liberty University’s licensure-track Master of Arts in Professional Counseling below for more information about counseling licensure.
The core content of the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling provides a balanced overview of important theories in psychology while applying this knowledge to specific, real-world counseling practices. Students in the online Masters in Human Services Counseling will study the development of the human mind from childhood to adulthood and how multicultural issues impact counseling in individual and group settings. As a Christian college, Liberty bases this study of human thought and behavior in a Christian worldview and demonstrates how these science and evidence-based practices are informed by Biblical principles.
If you pursue the Christian Ministries area of study you will complete an overview study of important organizational and strategic ministry skills and be able to choose a specialized ministry elective. The Christian Ministries area of study offers a choice of several youth ministry electives, and you will apply your human services skills to unique ministry communication challenges and ministry teaching.
Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following military-friendly benefits for the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling program:
Graduates of the online Master of Arts in Human Services Counseling will give students the mental health support and counseling skills that will make them useful in private, public, and non-profit human services settings such as: Christian counseling ministry, youth ministry, community service agencies, group homes, outreach services, in-home mental health support services, probation agencies, and other types of casework and support settings where counseling skills are needed. Chaplaincy may be an option in some cases. However, many roles will require additional training or a seminary degree.