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New Master of Arts in Counseling

The Graduate School at Crown College has been approved to offer a new Masters in Counseling degree. The 60-credit hour online degree is designed to equip students with the necessary skills to effectively help people in need. This degree satisfies the academic requirements for licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Minnesota, as well as many other states. This degree is offered primarily online, with a four day residency on the beautiful Crown campus in May each year.  The integration of a Christian worldview into the profession of counseling is emphasized throughout the program.

Lisa Smith-Inman, M.A., L.P.C.C., Director of the Crown College Counseling Center, states “The MA in Counseling at Crown College is a great choice for students who have a passion to counsel and to help others. As a local mental health professional, I find it exciting that Crown College will offer a strong faith-based program that will provide students with the necessary training to address the needs of a hurting and under-served population.  I know that Crown’s commitment to excellence as well its passion for preparing students to serve and influence the world will absolutely contribute to the personal growth and professional success of students in this program, in their local communities and world-wide.”

Dr. Jim Zapf, Ph.D., L.P.C.C., Director of the MA in Counseling program states, “It is with great excitement that I anticipate the first semester of our new Master of Arts in Counseling program. Having taught in and chaired Crown’s undergraduate psychology program for the past 8 years, I have been mentally formulating plans for this ‘next step’ for several years. Our current undergrad students have shown a great interest in being able to continue a quality faith-based education through Crown. A Master’s degree in this field opens many doors for employment beyond what an undergrad degree program provides.”

According to Alyssa Gillette, B.A., Alumni and entering MA student, “I had the privilege of graduating from Crown College with an undergraduate B.A. degree in Psychology with a minor in Drug and Alcohol Counseling. Crown’s psychology department offers some of the best faculty and professors, who are knowledgeable and creditable in the field. The most rewarding part of being in Crown’s Psychology program is that you learn and grow in developing your understanding of the field with a Christian worldview prospective. It is extremely exciting that Crown College is now offering a Master in Counseling degree. I am looking forward to participating in the new program, and continuing my education at such a valuable and challenging institution.”

Dr. Zapf states, “I believe we have developed a program that will be both challenging and rewarding. Students should expect to “hit the ground running” as far as the academic portion goes, but also expect to get quality care from their professors and the staff who support the program. An excellent counseling program focuses on both the development of skills within the student counselor and the growth of the student on a personal level, academically, emotionally, and spiritually. We aspire to be such an excellent program!”

Students in Crown’s program will follow a calendar of courses that lay a sturdy foundation and then build upon it until it culminates in an internship where students will provide counsel for individuals under the close supervision and assistance of licensed counselors and faculty members. Most courses are just 7 weeks in length which allows students to focus on one subject at a time and concentrate their learning. The program is designed so that students can complete the coursework in just 4 semesters.

For more information about the Counseling master’s degree, visit the Counseling M.A. degree page or contact Dr. Jim Zapf directly at 952.446.4314 or at zapfj@crown.edu.

Written by Crown Online

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