blakeny-classIntegrate your passion for helping people, your Christian beliefs, and professional therapeutic skills. Apply today to begin your journey toward this rewarding profession. Or contact the Admissions Office with any questions.

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).

Improve your caring skills in your current role

The Certificate in Church Counseling is a non-degree program for individuals who find themselves helping others with emotional and relationship challenges. This certificate offers a unique blend of clinical counseling skills and ministry training to help you join God’s work of growth and healing within your spiritual community. It is ideal for ministers, elders, or other leaders who simply want to be a better helper.

Pace yourself

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

Stay home?

The MA in Counseling and the Certificate in Church Counseling are both available to distance students through the Streaming Live Interactive Classroom. You may stay in your current location and in your current job while you study either full or part time. Learn how you can study from a distance here.


I am incredibly blessed by HST’s distance learning program. I am able to continue my education from home, but the technology makes me feel as if I am actually in the classroom.

— Marlene Oleksak, MA in Counseling Student

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 Our Faculty
Dr. Ed Gray

Dr. Ed Gray

Dr. Gray serves as Professor of Counseling and Director of the MA in Counseling Program. 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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Dr. Kevin Shelby

Dr. Kevin Shelby

Dr. Shelby has a rich knowledge and understanding of preparing and equipping counselors in training for the work force. He has worked intensively with troubled adolescents for over ten years and continues to engage in opportunities to serve the community through his wealth of knowledge and experience.

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 M. 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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