1. What is distinctive about the graduate counseling degrees at Grace?
2. What is the difference between the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and the M.A. in Interpersonal Relations?
3. What is CACREP?
4. Why attend an accredited program?
5. Will I be a licensed counselor when I graduate?
6. What do I do if I want to pursue a license in another state?
7. What is In-Residence?
8. What is the NCE?
9. Am I required to attend full-time, or may I go at my own pace?
10. How long will it take to complete the RESIDENTIAL M.A. in Clinical Mental Health degree?
11. How long will it take to complete the ONLINE M.A. in Clinical Mental Health degree?
12. How long will it take to complete the RESIDENTIAL M.A. in Interpersonal Relations degree?
13. Do I have to attend classes in the fall?
The M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree prepares students to obtain licensure or to pursue doctoral studies. The M.A. in Interpersonal Relations is a ministry degree that prepares graduates to work in the church, on the mission field, and in the work place. However, the M.A. in Interpersonal Relations is not intended for those are seeking licensure.
Accreditation certifies that the content and quality of the clinical mental health counseling education offered by Grace College has been evaluated extensively by the institution and accrediting council and meets the standards set by and for the profession. Appropriate knowledge and skill areas will be included that are necessary for the entry into the professional counseling field. Students graduating from CACREP accredited programs have been found to have higher level counseling skills and knowledge. CACREP accredits the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Grace College. More about CACREP.
A CACREP accredited program provides the following to students:
No. In the state of Indiana, potential counselors must pass a licensure exam and complete additional post-graduate hours of clinical experience. Licensure requirements vary depending on the area of licensure and the state in which one pursues licensure. Students are encouraged to contact the state licensing agency of the state in which they desire to practice to determine specific licensure requirements.
Our M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) degree meets the licensure academic requirements for the state of Indiana. Any student desiring to practice in another state needs to research the requirements for licensure in that state to see if any additional courses are needed.
Download and read more details. Licensure Info
In-Residence is a block of time set aside for all online students in a cohort to come to Grace College’s Winona Lake, IN campus to meet as a group and engage in coursework, teambuilding activities, workshops and social/ cultural events. The In-Residence time on campus is typically scheduled just prior to the first week of classes each session.
The NCE is the National Counselor Examination. By passing the NCE, one is eligible to become a National Certified Counselor. The NCE is the examination that some states use as a requirement for licensure. Grace College participates in the NCE application program for graduate students. Through this program, students may take the NCE within six months of graduation. More information.
The program is designed with a fixed course schedule, which means students will move together as a cohort through each semester in sequence.
Those students who choose to attend classes full time (9-15 credit hours per semester) can complete the program in two years. The length of the program depends on the student and how many credit hours he or she takes per semester.
Those students who choose to attend classes full time (approximately 9 credit hours per semester) can complete the program in three years.
Those students who choose to attend classes full time (9-16 credit hours per fall, spring, and summer semester) can complete the program in one year. The length of the program depends on the student and how many credit hours he or she takes per semester.
Students are able to start classes in the fall or spring semester. Starting classes in the spring will increase the time necessary to graduate due to the sequence of classes.
Students entering the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program are able to transfer a maximum twelve credits of applicable graduate work. Students entering the Interpersonal Relations program can transfer a maximum of six credit hours.
Transfer Credits Policy
The Transfer Credit Policy allows transferability of academic courses needed to fulfill degree requirements at Grace. Applicants must seek prior approval by submitting a course description to the department chair. If the course description is insufficient for the chair to make a determination, then a course syllabus will be required. The Registrar’s Office will be notified of all transfer approvals. This policy applies to all courses transferred regardless of mode of delivery, including online or residential. Applicants should request an official transcript from the institution where the course was completed and have it submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Subsequent to matriculation, no classes may be transferred.
Transfer Credits for the M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Degree
No more than twelve (12) credits of academic course work from another graduate program may be transferred. A Course Transfer Request Form must be completed (available on the Grace Graduate Department of Counseling and Interpersonal Relations web page).
Transfer Credits for the M.A. in Interpersonal Relations Degree
No more than six (6) credits of academic course work from another graduate program may be transferred.
A Course Transfer Request Form must be completed (available on the Grace Graduate Department of Counseling and Interpersonal Relations web page).
Internships can be completed at the qualifying location of the student’s choice. Students are encouraged to secure their own internship sites in the area of their interest.
Residential students have the opportunity to take classes on specific days of the week, while other days have no classes scheduled. This allows for flexible work hours. Online students have the flexibility to work at their jobs because students can set their “class” and study time around distinctive schedules. The Online program is designed to allow students to work full-time and part-time, as long as they are able to keep up with the work load assigned by each of the professors.
A high-quality Christian education from Grace College is affordable and it's a solid investment. To help students reach their educational and career goals, our financial aid team works closely with students to design an aid package that's best for your situation, including federal and state loans as well as school-based scholarships. Unfortunately, scholarships are not available to online students. Students who file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) may qualify for a Federal Stafford Loan. Grace College also offers one M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling residential student the opportunity of an assistantship.