Counseling FAQ

The FAQs provided below address many questions you might have regarding the online master’s degree in Counseling (MA) from Crown. Feel free to contact your admissions advisor directly for any additional questions you might have.

What areas are covered by a Counseling MA degree?

A Counseling MA covers many complex areas in order to prepare students to help future clients with complicated issues. Some areas covered online will be Addictions and Substance Abuse, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling. The 700 hours of internship provides both mentoring and practical field experience.

What classes does this program include?

Some of the classes required for this degree:

  • Theories and Practices of Counseling
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Group Process and Treatment
  • Counseling skills, methods, and techniques
  • Orientation to Counseling and Integration of Christian Worldview

How long does it take to complete the degree?

Students who complete the program as outlined in Crown’s course plan will finish their coursework in four semesters followed by a one or two semester internship, depending on the student’s schedule and the internship site’s available hours. Other than students who transfer in credits, the typical student will complete their degree in 2.5-3 years.

How often do I have to be on campus?

The Master’s degree in Counseling includes many courses that are 100% online and require no travel to campus; however, the program does have two, 4-day residencies requirement which occur in May and a specified number of internship hours that must be completed in an approved location.  Although the majority of the degree program is online, you will have a dedicated advisor throughout the program who can assist with various departments.  You will also have direct access to each of your instructors and will be able to reach them via phone or email.

While not required, we do hope you will join us on-site for your graduation!  We host several special events for our online students and their families at our main campus in St. Bonifacius, Minnesota the day before graduation.  The actual commencement service is held on a Saturday.

What jobs can I get with this degree?

A Counseling MA from Crown will prepare you for professional licensure or you may choose to utilize the training as a lay counselor within a ministry setting. With licensure, some of the typical career paths include:

  • Conflict Mediation Counselor
  • Medical Centers
  • Private Practice
  • Outpatient Facility
  • Church Ministry
  • Parachurch ministry

Are there degree specializations or concentrations?

There are multiple electives the individual student may choose from in order to prepare for a specialized area in counseling like marriage and family or addictions. The internship you choose will also help you prepare for the specific branch of counseling you want to pursue as a profession.  The required courses included in the Counseling MA program are designed to prepare the student for the MN state LPC licensure exam. Most specialties in counseling are developed post-graduation through various trainings and continuing education units.

Do I need any counseling training before I apply for this program?

No. A good candidate for this program would be expected to have an interest in psychology, potentially completed some psychology coursework in an undergrad program (though not required), have good listening skills, emotionally astute, spiritually sensitive, and a desire to learn biblical principles relevant to counseling.

Can I transfer into the online Counseling MA program?

As a master-level professional degree, all students will be required to have a bachelor’s degree to be considered for the program and most students will be required to complete all courses included in the curriculum.  The online Master of Counseling degree is specifically designed to prepare students for the MN state LPC licensure exam or serve as lay counselors in a Christian setting. Consult the program director with specific transfer questions.