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.


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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.

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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.


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:


Course Title Hours
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)
Formation Group
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