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M.A. in Counseling Comes to Multnomah in Fall


Plans to implement a new Master of Arts in Counseling program at Multnomah University are coming to fruition as the school looks forward to the formation of a pilot group in fall 2009.

The program will prepare students to become licensed professional counselors in the state of Oregon, allowing them to serve in para-church and other professional counseling settings. Dr. Elizabeth List, Psychology Department chair, has worked to ensure that the program meets the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapist's educational requirements. In addition to satisfactory completion of experience hours and a two-part exam, preparatory classroom education qualifies students for Oregon licensure.

Program Details

The M.A. in Counseling will be the first Master's level program at Multnomah to follow the cohort model, similar to that employed by the Bachelor's level Adult Degree Completion program. Student groups -- or "cohorts" -- will remain together throughout the entirety of the two-year program. Students will take one class at a time, one night per week. This model is especially suited to the conversational learning style of adults, and is convenient for those who have other responsibilities such as full-time work and family.

The first cohort will be established in fall 2009. Interested students should check back in the spring, as the university will have new offerings year-round.


"I came to Multnomah because I had freedom to build this program on the Bible, not just give it a nod so we could call it 'Christian,'" said Dr. List. "It's a biblically integrative, theoretically holistic model of practical counseling."

"For years people have been encouraging Multnomah to develop a master of arts program in counseling that builds upon an intensely biblical foundation and successfully integrates faith and learning," Dr. Wayne Strickland, academic dean and vice president of Multnomah said. "We are so pleased to offer a program that is thoroughly biblically-based and yet satisfies all requirements for state licensure."

"We believe our MAC graduates will be well-equipped for ministry in most church or professional settings," Dr. Strickland said. "In order to provide the best education for the money, an advanced track is available for students with a Bible, theology, or similar undergraduate degree."

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth List at or at 503-251-6435.

About Multnomah

Multnomah University is a fully accredited, private, non-denominational, Christian institution of higher education, located in Portland, Oregon. Made up of an undergraduate Bible college, a biblical seminary, graduate programs, an adult degree completion program, and an online distance-learning program, Multnomah issues bachelor's and master's degrees, and professional certifications and endorsements.