Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Emphasis in Christian Counseling


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with an Emphasis in Christian Counseling

Format: Online

Program Description:

Learn to Help Others With a Clinical Mental Health Counseling Master’s With Christian Counseling Emphasis

Offered by Grand Canyon University’s College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this clinical mental health counseling master’s with an emphasis in Christian counseling degree provides foundational knowledge in counseling principles and best practices and empowers future counseling professionals to implement a Christ-centered approach to their practice. Learn the clinical skills necessary to competently evaluate, diagnose and treat patients with mental, behavioral, social and emotional problems.

You will be taught to provide Christian mental health counseling with compassion, dignity and the spirit of Christ as you integrate the principles of the Christian worldview into your counseling practice.

As you pursue your online master’s in clinical mental health counseling you will take courses that are selected to meet the academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors for the National Certified Counselor (NCC) credential, the Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) credential and the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners.

Earn Your Master's Degree Online or in the Evening

This master’s in clinical mental health counseling online or evening degree can lead to licensure as a clinical counselor. With a focus on Christian counseling, you will have access to knowledgeable faculty, a Christian-based curriculum and a flexible learning schedule, whether you pursue your degree online or through evening classes. In addition to the core classes in counseling and psychology, students will participate in supervised field experiences.

Course Topics in GCU’s MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling With Christian Counseling Emphasis

Graduates of the clinical mental health counseling master’s degree with Christian counseling emphasis are capable of communicating effectively to diverse audiences. GCU emphasizes the importance of treating others with compassion and dignity, embracing servant leadership and making ethical decisions. As a student, you are taught to integrate your counseling practices with Christian truths and healing spirituality. Empower your clients to practice self-care and spiritual growth within a safe and compassionate environment.

As students prepare to meet the spiritual needs of their clients, they are also encouraged to reflect on their own personal spiritual growth and Christian character formation. You will study an intensive curriculum, which includes the following topics:

    Ethical considerations that apply to mental health counseling professionals
    Crisis intervention and trauma counseling, spousal or partner abuse and child abuse assessment and reporting
    The structure and dynamics of the family, including methods of marital and family intervention and counseling
    A narrative approach to the theology of God, humanity and salvation
    Major counseling theories and principles, including psychoanalytic, Adlerian, existential psychotherapy and cognitive behavioral therapy

Additionally, you will undergo supervised internships and the Counseling Practicum to gain hands-on, practical experience in the counseling field.

Career Opportunities for Christian Counseling Emphasis Graduates

With an MS in Clinical Mental Health Counseling with Christian counseling emphasis, graduates can be prepared to pursue licensure and a career in faith-centered mental health counseling. You may choose to pursue positions working with clients who struggle with trauma, or you may decide to focus your practice on marital and family issues.

An additional consideration is whether or not there will be jobs available upon graduation. The career outlook for mental health counselors is expected to grow over the next decade. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 77,500 new jobs are estimated to open for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors from 2021 to 2031.1

GCU’s online master’s in clinical mental health counseling with Christian counseling emphasis is designed to meet the standards for licensure as a Licensed Associate Counselor (LAC) or a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) under regulations applicable to Arizona. Licensure and certification requirements can vary from state to state. Students should check the licensing requirements for the state in which they wish to practice.

1 COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 and 2021 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is effective September 2022, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder and Mental Health Counselors, retrieved on April 27, 2023.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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