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
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
"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."
information, please contact Dr. Elizabeth List at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 503-251-6435.
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.