Master of Counselling

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The Master of Counselling degree program seeks to develop professionals with a capacity for critical and constructive theological reflection on social issues. This will include a strong focus on building skills that can help to improve the lives of others through personal engagement, counselling and human service programs. Core to the program is the engagement of biological, psychological, relational, and theological issues that impact peoples’ lives.

The Master of Counselling (MC) program provides a professional course of study that equips students for a vocation in the mental health sector and in specialized counselling ministries in church and parachurch organizations.The program is designed to help students meet the academic requirements for gaining professional recognition as a member of the Canadian Professional Counsellors Association (CPCA). It should be noted that CPCA recognition is independent of Briercrest's program and that it is the student's responsibility to pursue such recognition after graduation.

Master of Counselling graduates will be able to:

  1. Articulate an evangelical theology that demonstrably arises out of Scripture and finds expression in all areas of life and ministry.
  2. Be equipped for serving in the local church and its global mission.
  3. Be recognized as a mature disciple of Jesus Christ.
  4. Demonstrate that they are equipped with the necessary skills and personal attributes to enter into a ministry of counselling.
  5. Demonstrate that their practice of counselling meets the highest Christian and professional ethical standards.
  6. Have met the basic academic qualifications for associate membership in the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Professional Association of Canadian Christian Counsellors.

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete the 42 credit hour program of studies as outlined.
  • Achieve a minimum of a 2.50 cumulative grade point average on a 4.00 scale.
  • Complete at least 21 hours of this program through Briercrest.
  • Successfully complete a Learning Portfolio and Interview.
  • Receive the recommendation of the seminary faculty.
  • Complete all program requirements within ten years of beginning studies.
  • Meet all financial obligations to the seminary.
  • Fulfill all academic requirements.

Degree Requirements (42 credit hours)


Core (12 credit hours)

In consultation with the program coordinator, students will choose one course from each of the following disciplines:

Christian Ministry Formation *
New Testament
Old Testament
Theology OR History

Counselling (12 credit hours)

CO 603 Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 705 Counselling Ethics
CO 714 Counselling Systems and Approaches
CO 703 Counselling Problems and Procedures

Counselling Elective (3 credit hours)

Choose one course from the following...

CO 606 Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 613 Topics in Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 620 Pastoral Counselling
CO 707 Procedures in Marriage and Family Therapy
CO 710 Crisis and Grief Counselling
CO 712 Dynamics of Abuse
CO 715 Pre-Marital Counselling
CO 717 Group Counselling Strategies

Psychology (3 credit hours)

PSY 611 DSM and Psychopharmacology

Developmental Psychology (3 credit hours)

Choose one course from the following...

PSY 607 Child Development
PSY 608 Adolescent Development and Counselling
PSY 706 Adult Development

Practicum and Internship (6 credit hours)

CO 604 Counselling Practicum I
CO 605 Counselling Practicum II
CO 801 Counselling Internship (100 clinical hours)

Open Elective (3 credit hours)


Non-Credit Requirements

PRT 800 Learning Portfolio and Interview

* May include CM 600 Spiritual Formation for Ministry; CM 601 Philosophy and Foundation for Ministry; LE 605 Personal and Service Development.

Charles Hackney, PhD
Associate Professor of Psychology
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Neil Soggie, PhD
Associate Professor of Counselling Psychology
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Ellery Pullman, PhD
Executive Vice-President and Provost, Professor of Psychology and Educational Leadership
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