A counseling student critiques a video of herselfIntegrate your passion for helping people, your Christian beliefs, and professional therapeutic skills. Make plans now to attend the Open House October 17, 2014. Or apply today to begin your journey toward this rewarding profession.

Begin your career as a professional helper

The Master of Arts in Counseling degree at Harding School of Theology gives you the academic training you need to sit for the Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) or the Licensed Professional Counseling (LPC) exams in the state of Tennessee and other states. The degree also meets requirements for Mental Health Services Provider (MHSP).

Pace yourself

The MA in Counseling program is flexible, allowing you to work at your own pace. As a full-time student, you’ll take three or four courses each semester and earn your degree in two to three years. If you are a part-time student, you’ll take one or two courses each semester, and take a little longer.

Scholarships available

If you have a good academic track record (we’ll look at your GPA and GRE scores) and potential as a counselor (we’ll look at your references), generous donors who believe in HST and in you may provide scholarship assistance to help you pay for your training.

Click here to learn how to begin, or keep reading for more information.

Meet Dr. Edward Gray, Director of HST’s Counseling Program

Dr. Gray serves as Professor of Counseling. He has a private counseling practice and serves as a resource speaker for marriage enrichment weekends, marriage mentoring, and senior ministry workshops.

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Our Alumni

HST’s counseling program equips students for a variety of counseling roles. Over the past fifteen years, approximately 40% of our alumni have gone to work for various agencies. About 15% are counseling in church settings, 10% in private practice, 10% counseling in the military, and 10% working in Christian counseling centers. Others have gone on to earn a doctorate, including Dr. Jon Shepard, author of this book for school counselors, and Dr. John F. Kennedy, counseling professor at Trevecca University. Can we help you get where you want to go?

Counseling Admissions Process


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