Professional Counseling

Professional Counseling
Type of Degree: 
Master of Arts
Required Credits: 
60 Hours
Average Time of Commitment/Completion: 
Approximately 3 years to meet the Oklahoma State Board of Behavorial Health Licensure’s academic requirements for Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC)

The MA in Counseling Psychology (60 hours) prepares students for licensure in Professional Counseling by educating the whole person in the context of a Christian community through personal reflection, balanced growth and integrity, while affirming human dignity, with an emphasis on working with tribal and other minorities, to promote the well-being of individuals, families and society. The Graduate Program in Counseling provides rigorous training in the techniques and theories of counseling and in human development. The Counseling Program emphasis is on the whole person: body, mind and spirit, as well as the person in his or her familial and cultural milieu.

Only the 60 credit MA in Counseling Psychology (Professional Counseling) provides the opportunity to take the Oklahoma State Board of Behavioral Health license exam.


Areas of Focus can be developed by carefully choosing elective courses that complement the General Core Curriculum.   Areas of Focus include:

Child, Family and Marriage Counseling

  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Counseling with Children & Adolescents
  • Human Sexuality
  • Lifestyle and Career Development

Gerontology/Palliative Care and Counseling

  • Gerontology
  • Trauma, Grief and Loss Counseling
  • Contemplative Listening and Communication Skills
  • Historical, Social, Spiritual, and Cultural Influences in Palliative Care

Pastoral Care and Counseling

  • Pastoral Care and Counseling I
  • Contemplative Listening and Communication Skills
  • Discernment and Decision-making
  • Multicultural Pastoral Counseling and Care
  • Spiritual Formation and Direction
Examples Of Careers/Jobs That Are Suited To This Major: 

This degree prepares professionals who want to work in mental health, public health and other community service careers.

Examples Of This Major’s Core Classes: 
  • PY 5xx3 Human Development
  • PY 5xx3 Psychopathology
  • PY 5xx3 Cognitive Assessment
  • PY 5xx3 Personality and Pathology Assessment
  • PY 5xx3 Individual Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • PY 5xx3 Group Counseling Theories and Techniques
  • PY 5xx3 Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • PY 5xx3 Research Methods (Experimental Design)
  • PY 5xx3 Social and Cultural Foundations (PY 5xx3 Multicultural Pastoral Counseling and Care may substitute)
  • PY 5xx3 Practicum I
  • PY 5xx3 Practicum II
Special Activities/Opportunities You’ll Experience At St. Gregory’s: 

The program is designed so you can continue to work while earning your Master's degree.

  • Summers are free of course work
  • Complete three courses per semester
  • Classes meet two nights a week in 16 week sessions
  • Summer Practicums
Our Commitment To You: 

St. Gregory's University is committed to excellence in education through a faculty and staff dedicated to a quality learning experience that ensures the ultimate success of our graduates.

Designed for working professionals, the programs of our College for Continuing Studies emphasize the foundational values and ethical leadership essential to success in today's diverse society and expanding workplace. Coursework integrates ethics, critical thinking, problem solving, technology, and teamwork to form a critical base of knowledge and skills.

A degree from St. Gregory's University is valued and recognized throughout business and academic communities.

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