Master of Arts (Counselling & Spiritual Care)

The Master of Arts in Counselling and Spiritual Care is a professional degree designed to train specialists who can guide and counsel individuals and couples regarding their values, their spirituality, and their individual or couple dynamics. This program provides educational preparation, but not certification. Further clinical experience and supervision are required after graduation to obtain professional accreditation with a certifying body.

Program Duration

Designed to be completed in 2 years of full-time study. The maximum length of the degree program is 4 years with the possibility to appeal for an additional year..

Course Format Options

Register to attend these courses in-person or remotely via livestream (synchronous).

The traditional classroom experience.

These courses meet fully online in asynchronous format.

This program may be fully completed remotely through a combination of online (asynchronous) and livestream (synchronous) courses.


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Program Requirements

Number of courses
Biblical Studies
New Testament and/or Old Testament courses
(any 2 courses with codes beginning with NT or OT)
Theological Studies 2
Church History and/or Theological Studies courses
(any 2 courses with codes beginning with CH or TH)
Ministry Studies 10
Ministry Studies courses in counselling area
(any 2 counselling courses with codes beginning with MS)
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) 2
Electives 2
Program Total 18

Course Examples

  • Basic Counselling Skills and Interventions
  • Advanced Counselling Skills and Interventions
  • Couples and Family Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Cross-Cultural Counselling
  • Current Psychotherapies
  • Understanding Human Development and Maturity
  • Professional Ethics and Jurisprudence
  • Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy
  • Understanding Trauma and Psychopathology

Recommended 2024-25 Courses for Full-Time Students

Fall 2024 Winter 2025 Spring 2025
Essentials in Theology
Clement WenUnderstanding Human Development and Maturity
Cathryn Harris

Basic Counselling Skills and Intervention

Current Psychotherapies
Kelvin Mutter

Biblical Interpretation
Cynthia Long WestfallUnderstanding Trauma and Psychopathology
Cathryn Harris

Advanced Counselling Skills: Focused Short-Term Therapies
Kelvin Mutter

Professional Ethics
Kelvin Mutter

Crisis Intervention
Cathryn HarrisElective (Counselling or TH/BS as available)

CSC Practicum (if placement available)


Admission Requirements

  • Agreement with the McMaster Divinity College Statement of Faith
  • Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited institution with a B- average

Although not required, it is strongly recommended that students applying to this program have a course in general psychology as part of their undergraduate degree program.

Application Deadline

Fall Semester          June 1
Winter Semester    October 15
Spring Semester    March 15