Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling

Deerfield, IL

TEDS Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling (MA/MHC) is fully accredited by CACREP, and prepares you to become a licensed mental health professional upon graduation. Through your studies, you will master methods and practices of psychology, while also learning how to ethically integrate Christian faith into theory and practice.

Many students have complemented their MA/MHC with an additional master’s degree to deepen their biblical and theological background . If you are interested in pursuing an additional master’s degree, speak to an admissions counselor for details.

The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), a specialized accrediting body recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA), has granted accreditation to the M.A. in Mental Health Counseling program at Trinity International University.


Course Title Credits
ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God 3 hours
CO 6710 Counseling and Theological Worldview: Faith and Practice 3 hours


Course Title Credits
CO 5210 Counseling Skills Training 3 hours
CO 5400 Foundations of Mental Health Counseling 3 hours
CO 5310 Counseling Strategies: Theory, Treatment, and Technique 3 hours
CO 6110 Career Counseling 3 hours
CO 6130 Group Counseling 3 hours
CO 6510 Human Growth and Development 3 hours
CO 6650 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 hours
CO 6720 Ethics and Issues in Counseling 3 hours
CO 7210 Assessment and Evaluation 3 hours
CO 7450 Psychopathology 3 hours
CO 7900 Research Methods 3 hours


Mental Health Counseling Electives (11-13 hours)

Formation Group
Course Title Credits
ID 5080 Formation Group (two semesters) 0 hours

Capstone in MHC

(CO 6950 is required, and select one of other two options) (6–8 hours)

CO 6950 Counseling Practicum 2-3 hours
(1) Internship Option
(Note: This is the only option leading to possible licensure.)
CO 7961 Mental Health Counseling Internship I 3 hours
CO 7962 Mental Health Counseling Internship II 3 hours
(2) International Counseling Internship
(Note: Non-licensure option; by department consent only.)
CO 7969 International Counseling Experience 6 hours

“The counseling program at Trinity has been everything I expected and more. The mentorship of the faculty, the theological backbone of the program, and the high standard of excellence through the CACREP accreditation all make the counseling program at Trinity one of the best in the country.”

Sarah Heinss ’22


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Trinity is a place where you will learn how to serve the church and how to academically engage the world around you. Throughout the year we host some of the brightest minds in modern academics allowing you to learn from experts in their field. Hear from faculty on why you should choose TEDS.



Trinity has been entrusted with the Gospel since 1897, and every day we are called to live with purpose. Our purpose as a divinity school is to know the Gospel, live the Gospel and make the Gospel known. In today’s ever-changing culture, Trinity immerses students in a community of biblical orthodoxy and practical living. The Trinity faculty is among the most widely published in evangelical academia and has deeply influenced the leaders shaping the present and future of evangelical Christianity across the globe.

“Recent years have brought to the forefront the importance of mental healthcare. The need for professional mental healthcare workers is great. The MA in Mental Health Counseling at TEDS is a CACREP-accredited program that prepares graduates for licensure and professional engagement in the ministry of counseling. Our goal is to help each student grow—professionally, socially, personally, and spiritually. We believe that professional knowledge is enhanced by knowledge of, and relationship with, our Lord. It is our intent throughout the program to have meaningful discussions about how faith, interpersonal relationship, and the practice of counseling intersect and interact.”

Julie Russo
Program Director



The admission requirements for the MA in MHC are those described in the Admissions section of the catalog and those specific to the MA in MHC program described below:

  • An undergraduate major which includes 9 hours of undergraduate psychology courses, including introduction to psychology, statistics, and either abnormal psychology or a developmental psychology course.
  • An undergraduate grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) are required.
  • An interview with the TEDS Counseling Department faculty may be required.


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