BA in Psychology / MA in Mental Health Counseling back to programs
Be prepared to impact lives.
We want you to be well equipped to be transformative in the lives of people who need emotional or psychological help. By partnering with Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, also housed on TIU’s Deerfield campus, we offer a dual Bachelor of Arts/Master of Arts degree that combines a B.A. in Psychology (Counseling Psychology Emphasis) with an M.A. in Mental Health Counseling. This is an accelerated program where courses taken from the Divinity School may be counted toward undergraduate requirements and where you may apply as early as your junior year to the Mental Health Counseling (MHC) program at TEDS.
BA in Psychology with the Counseling Psychology Emphasis/MA in Mental Health Counseling Overview
- You’ll earn both your BA and MA in as little as 6.5 total years
- Various faculty/adjuncts across disciplines and schools
Did You Know?
In this dual degree, you have the opportunity to join the International Honor Society in Psychology, called Psi Chi.
In this program, you may earn a graduate degree approximately 2.5 years after you complete your undergraduate work by taking graduate-level courses beginning your junior year. This track allows you to take 3 graduate credits (one class) per semester upon completion of 70 hours of undergraduate work with a 3.0 GPA and permission of your advisor or department chair. A full load of graduate classes can begin the summer semester following senior year.
While achieving your undergraduate degree in Psychology at Trinity, you may earn between 12-15 hours of graduate credit which results in a savings of graduate tuition. Along with that, nine hours of course work from the M.A. may count toward the B.A., reducing the required hours for the B.A. from 124 to 115.
Prerequisites for Admission
In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following: An undergrad major that includes 9 hours of psych courses, including intro to psych, statistics, and either abnormal psych or a developmental psych course. An undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Scores from either the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT). An interview may be requested by the TEDS Counseling faculty.
CAREERS & INTERNSHIPS
TIU’s B.A. in Psychology with a Counseling Psychology Emphasis (CPE) and M.A. in Mental Health Counseling (MHC) is ideal if you are striving to enter the professional counseling workplace. This program will expertly equip you if your aspiration is to serve others through mental health counseling, addictions counseling, marriage and family therapy, grief counseling, sexual identity counseling, spiritual abuse counseling, adolescent therapy, and beyond!
Career Objectives Include:
“It’s very important to have the integration of both faith as well as core training in counseling.”
- Addictions Counseling
- Marriage and Family Therapy
- Grief Counseling
- Sexual Identity Counseling
- Spiritual Abuse Counseling
- Adolescent Therapy
|Biblical and Theological Foundations (12 hours)|
|ID 5000||Biblical Theology and Interpretation||3 hours|
|ID 5010||Foundations in Bxiblical Studies||3 hours|
|ST 5000||Survey of Doctrine||3 hours|
|CO 6710||Counseling and Theological Worldview: Faith and Practice||3 hours|
|Mental Health Counseling Core (33 hours)|
|CO 5210||Counseling Skills Training||3 hours|
|CO 5400||Foundations of Mental Health Counseling||3 hours|
|CO 5310||Counseling Theories||3 hours|
|CO 6110||Career Counseling||3 hours|
|CO 6130||Group Counseling||3 hours|
|CO 6510||Personality Development||3 hours|
|CO 6650||Multicultural Issues in Counseling||3 hours|
|CO 6720||Ethics and Issues in Counseling||3 hours|
|CO 7210||Assessment and Evaluation||3 hours|
|CO 7450||Psychopathology||3 hours|
|CO 7900||Research Methods||3 hours|
|Mental Health Counseling Electives (11-13 hours)|
|ID 5080||Formation Group (two semesters)||0 hours|
|Capstone in CP (CO 6950 is required, and select one of other three options) (6-8 hours)|
|CO 6950||Counseling Practicum||2 hours|
|(1) Internship Option (Note: This is the only option leading to possible licensure.)|
|CO 7961||Mental Health Counseling Internship I||3 hours|
|CO 7962||Mental Health Counseling Internship II||3 hours|
|(2) International Counseling Experience (Note: Non-licensure option; by department consent only.)|
|CO 7969||International Counseling Experience||4 hours|
|(3) Thesis Option|
|CO 7905||Advanced Research Design||2 hours|
|CO 7485||Thesis||2 hours|