Grace College, Winona Lake, Indiana, offers Master of Arts programs in clinical mental health counseling and in interpersonal relationships. Beginning fall 2010, both will be available as hybrid programs, combining online courses with time in-residence at Grace.
The 62-credit-hour Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares students to begin the process of acquiring a License in Mental Health Counseling (LMHC) or to pursue doctoral studies. The 37-credit-hour Master of Arts in Interpersonal Relations is a non-licensed degree designed for anyone who requires counseling skills in the workplace (e.g., teachers, human resource directors, pastors, nurses, law enforcement officers, etc).
Applicants for both programs must have achieved a baccalaureate degree with an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0. Along with a formal application, they must also submit an essay, photos, and two letters of reference: one personal and one pertaining to spiritual life. Applicants are also subject to background checks. Candidates for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling must have completed the GRE.
The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), which is a specialized accrediting body, recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the Grace Graduate Department of Counseling and Interpersonal Relations for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree.
Those interested in more information about the program may consider a campus visit during which they can speak with professors, current students, and admissions personnel as well as experience classes first hand. Contact an MAC admissions counselor at 877.607.0012, via e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or by visiting www.grace.edu/mac.