M.A. Counseling Ministries

Program Overview

Why Study M.A. Counseling Ministries at TFC?

Master of Arts in Counseling Ministries program at Toccoa Falls College is designed for ministry personnel in the church or para-church organizations, who work with people’s mental health and relationship problems in individual, family, or group contexts. This is a non-licensure program that trains students in the skills and knowledge to provide ethical, competent, and compassionate care within a multicultural, integrated Christian framework.

TFC’s Counseling Ministry degree allows students to become skilled at providing expert counseling services for those in need through a Christian lens. Students will take an in-depth look at psychology, psychotherapy, and the Bible, giving students a well-rounded education and the ability to create a Christ-centered counseling program within their ministry. This innovative program provides interested individuals with an opportunity to pursue a career in psychology and counseling while staying true to their faith-based values.

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Degree Layout

M.A. Counseling Ministries Courses

The M.A. in Christian Ministry is a 36 credit hour asynchronous online program with 30 credit hours dedicated to the ministry foundations core and 6 hours dedicated to elective courses in a variety of areas including bible & theology, intercultural studies, and counseling.

Featured Courses:

  • Care & Counseling Ministry
  • Spiritual Dynamics in Counseling
  • Relationship Counseling
  • Group Counseling
  • Counseling for Grief & Loss
  • Brief & Solution-focused Counseling
Dr. Fred Gingrich


Concern about people’s mental health has become a major focus in our contemporary world. The Church needs to respond. As Christians we are concerned with the whole person. We are called to serve others’ mental, emotional, and relational needs as well as their spiritual needs. This program is designed to respond to the need of the church and para-church organizations for trained people to offer mental health ministries. As a non-licensure mental health program, this program trains people to ethically, compassionately, and competently care for others within explicitly faith-based ministries. As an asynchronous program, with no required class sessions, and with only two required weekend residences on campus, this program can be completed in 1.5 years and is designed with the working person in mind.
Dr. Fred Gingrich, MAMFT Program Director
Program Benefits

M.A. in Counseling Ministries

For those who want to pursue a career as a counseling minister helping people through a Christian lens, the MACM program at Toccoa Falls College is an ideal option. This program offers:

  • An excellent, high-quality, counseling graduate program. All courses are taught by qualified professors with industry expertise.
  • A purposeful biblical worldview perspective. Every class integrates this perspective, ensuring that you can proceed with a Christian approach to counseling.
  • A transformative experience for students, allowing you to grow in understanding your purpose and your calling as a counseling minister as part of God’s bigger plan.
  • An affordable program, allowing anyone who feels called to this profession to have access to a valuable educational experience.
  • A user-friendly online learning platform. Students in our online programs appreciate that our platform is both attractive and engaging, which enhances their overall experience at Toccoa Falls College.
  • Small class sizes. We feel that our low student-to-instructor ratio allows our students to better connect with the material and to master the skills needed to succeed in their counseling degree program.
Meet Your Professor

Counseling Ministries