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Master of Arts in Counseling

A transformational journey of discipleship focused on helping you develop vocational excellence in your current or desired context – all on your time and from wherever you are.


Please note: Work is taking place to enhance this degree program over the next few years, and the program will be changing. Additional details will be made available in the future. In the interim, we are partnering with Houston Graduate School of Theology for program course offerings. Please contact us with any questions.

Receive theologically-informed psychological training for preparation to work in the fields of marriage and family therapy and mental health counseling.


The Master of Arts in Counseling is an integrative academic and clinical program. Your learning in the program will be guided by mentorship of faculty and enhanced by spiritual direction. You’ll gain knowledge of concepts and practically apply theory and techniques in clinical work with supervision and mentorship.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to pursue licensure^ to work as a qualified therapist and counselor in a variety of settings, including private practice, community mental health agencies, and hospitals as mental health practitioners, as well as schools, chemical dependency agencies, and ministry settings. Students pursuing clinical work after graduation must complete additional requirements. Additional details are provided below.


Why pursue a Master of Arts in Counseling with Kairos?

By inviting Kairos to walk on this journey with you, you’re seizing a unique opportunity to engage in spiritual formation for personal and professional spiritual development while simultaneously learning about the integration of psychology and Christian theology and gaining clinical experience under the supervision of approved supervisors.


Program Breakdown

The Master of Arts in Counseling is 61 credit hours and consists of the following courses:

Orientation to the Profession

Orientation to the Profession (1)

Foundations of MFT/Counseling

Introduction to Family Systems (3)

Research and Professional Writing for MFT
& MH Counseling (3)

Theories of MFT & MH Counseling (3)

Professional, Legal, Ethical Issues for MFT,
MH & Addictions Counseling (3)

Crisis & Trauma for MFT & MH Counseling (3)

Assessment/DX I for MFT & MH Counseling (3)

Contextualization of MFT
and Counseling

Multicultural Foundations for MFT & MH Counseling (3)

Human Sexuality for MFT & MH Counseling (3)

Human Development for MFT & MH Counseling (3)

Biopsychosocial Models in MFT and Counseling

Psychopharmacology for MH Counseling   (3

Addictions Counseling: Theories and Techniques (3)

Advanced Therapy in MFT and Counseling

Group Counseling  (3)

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (3)

Marriage & Couples Counseling (for LMFT~)
OR (3)
Career Counseling (for LPC*)

Child & Adolescent Therapy (3) 

Assessment/DX II: Co-Occurring Disorders and
Personality Pathology (3)

Clinical Practice in MFT and Counseling

Pre-Practicum for MFT & MH Counseling (3)

Practicum I: Case Management in Clinical Practice (3)

Practicum II: Treatment Planning in Clinical Practice (3)

Internship: Professional Practice and Clinical Supervision (3)

~For those planning to pursue licensure as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.

*For those planning to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

^Prepares students to pursue licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in South Dakota. Students may also be eligible in other states that allow for “equivalent coursework.” 

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Counseling program encompasses academic, clinical, and personal achievement and development.  Full-time commitment entails approximately two years for completion of approximately 3,000 hours of academic and clinical work.

Licensure and Credentialing

Professional mental health practitioners are held to high standards of care and professionalism.  As such, Master of Arts in Counseling students pursuing clinical work after graduation must complete additional requirements.  Requirements for licensure are set forth by statutory laws and regulations and vary from state to state.  Subsequent requirements include, but are not limited to, application to a state licensing regulatory board, post-graduate direct clinical hours, plan and approval of a supervisor, and successful passage of a national licensure examination.  Students will create a plan for academic, clinical, and post-graduate licensure with the guidance of faculty.

Supervised Clinical Experience

Kairos offers a unique setting for clinical development. On-site clinical training and supervision are provided by faculty who are licensed, mental health professionals with full-time practices at Sioux Falls Psychological Services, which is owned and operated by the seminary and houses the Community Counseling Clinic (CCC).  The clinic provides supervised, student-therapy to uninsured and/or under-insured individuals, couples, and families.

Core Areas

In addition to meeting outcome standards set forth by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation and MFT and counseling standards, all targets and coursework meet Kairos standards and will develop you in these core areas:

  • Integration of psychology and Christian theology; all truth is God’s truth;
  • Ethical and legal issues; ethical codes and laws protect all;
  • Multicultural and social justice issues; all are created uniquely and are worthy of regard;
  • Systemic issues and perspectives; all are created for and in relationship with one another;
  • Substance abuse and chemical dependency; healthy coping is essential to healthy living;
  • Spiritual formation for personal and professional spiritual development; caring professionals must develop personal,
    self-care to best care for everyone they treat.

Get Started

We’d love to help you discern if this is the next best step for you. Start a conversation with us today or check out our “Discerning Your Calling” step-by-step guide.

Ready to move forward? Here are a few things you’ll need to get started (more details in the catalog).

  • Official transcripts in sealed envelopes from all undergraduate and graduate institutions attended (and high school diploma for bachelor’s students) for all bachelor’s, graduate certificate in theological studies, master’s, and doctoral students.
  • On a case-by-case basis, certificate of completion for Training in Spiritual Direction students may be asked to provide official transcripts.
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (or 3.0 for DMin, ThD, DPC, MACO, & MAMFT applicants).
  • A completed application for admission and all admissions materials.