New Counseling Degree at Central Seminary


In response to the tremendous need for caring and clinically trained counselors, Central Seminary in Shawnee, Kansas, is now offering a new Master of Arts in Counseling. This degree equips students to serve both faith communities and general populations as licensed professional counselors.

Provost and Dean of the Seminary Dr. Robert E. Johnson said this about the new degree offering at Central:

This degree offering will advance the seminary’s mission to serve humanity by training students to assist in the healing of individuals and families suffering from issues of mental health. A type of service-ministry education, the training will unite recognized clinical skills with spiritual insights and values.

The program is designed to prepare persons from a wide range of spiritual and social identities for vocations as clinically skilled licensed counselors. All of Central’s counseling faculty are scholar-practitioners and will ably help those in the program to learn current research and practices.

The degree can be completed in as little as two years. The course offerings are available in person on Central’s Shawnee campus, as well as through video conferencing technology. One may apply for the program by visiting and clicking on “Apply Now” or contact Lyle Kraft for more information.

Dr. Larry Cornine, the administrator of the MA in Counseling program, is looking forward to its launch:

I am excited to join in Central’s mission. The work of preparing students to be kind and compassionate counselors who can heal others is vital for our communities. Our counseling program will teach women and men to translate theory into practice, to be ethically and spiritually aware professionals, and to promote mental health among diverse populations. Students will develop their clinical skills, prepare for the state licensure process, and learn to build and manage counseling practices. Our counseling faculty will be dedicated scholars and practitioners. The launch of this new program is something to celebrate!

Central’s clinically-based counseling program is concerned with all aspects of personal wholeness, which includes spiritual wellness as well as mental-emotional health. While there are many schools that offer training for counselors, there can be no better place to integrate this kind of wholeness than with a school like Central that has been serving God and humanity since 1901.

Visit the Master of Arts in Counseling webpage for more information. The program has been approved through both of Central’s accrediting bodies: the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission.  The first classes began in January, but the next term begins May 6. The deadline to apply is April 15.

Watch the program’s introduction video below

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