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Gain clinical training and biblical insight for counseling

You can learn to apply clinical training and biblical insight to the counseling field with a Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Moody Theological Seminary. You’ll be equipped to be a servant leader who can help transform your community and integrate faith into your work. Learn from professors with years of experience who will invest in your life and partner with you.

The graduating class of 2023 has 99% job placement and a 96% pass rate on the National Counselor Examination. You’ll graduate equipped and ready to meet others where they are while you reflect the character of Christ.

Program Handbook Program Plan PDF Program Plan PDF (Concentrations) 

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    Learning Venues and Program Plan

    Take classes when—and how—it’s most convenient for you, with two flexible options:

    • Come on campus to Chicago or Michigan, where you’ll study in a classroom setting. At the Chicago campus, you can also get practical experience in the MTS Counseling Center.
    • Courses are conducted in live virtual and in person formats.
    • Bible and Theology courses can be taken online, on campus, or in a modular format.

    Program Plan  Course Syllabi


    Oksoon Cho
    Dr. Oksoon Cho
    Program Head & Field Chair of Counseling

    Assistant professor counseling. B.A., Daegu Catholic University; M.A., Daegu Catholic University; Ph.D. (ABD), Kyungpook National University; Ph.D., Northern Illinois University- DeKalb; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor, National Certified Counselor, Approved Clinical Supervisor.

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    Valencia Wiggins
    Dr. Valencia Wiggins
    Director of Clinical Training

    Associate Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling; Clinical Training Director. B.A., Wheaton College; M.A., Wheaton Graduate School; Ph.D., Walden University, Licensed Professional Counselor.

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    Elom Togbi-Wonyo
    Dr. Elom Togbi-Wonyo

    Assistant Professor of Counseling; B.A., Moody Bible Institute; M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Trinity International University; Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, Walden University; Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC).

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    Elizabeth Skjoldal
    Dr. Elizabeth Skjoldal
    Director of MTS Counseling Center

    Professor of Clinical Mental Health Counseling, Moody Theological Seminary; BS in Psychology Florida Southern College; MSED in Community Mental Health Counseling University of Miami; PhD University of Miami in Counseling Psychology. Licensed Psychologist State of Florida since 1993 and Supervisor of Registered Mental Health Counselor Interns State of Florida.

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    John Restum
    Dr. John Restum
    Director of the Intersessions Counseling Center

    Professor of Psychology, Counseling Clinic Director. BS Western Michigan University; ThB William Tyndale College; ThM Dallas Theological Seminary: MA/PsyD George Fox University. State of Michigan Full Licensed Clinical Psychologist.

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    Student Experience

    As you study, you’ll:

    • Learn the foundation of clinical mental health counseling skills and knowledge
    • Practice the key dispositions necessary to be an excellent servant leader in the field
    • Integrate your faith and the practice of spiritual disciplines as you counsel others
    • Study historical and contemporary trends in mental health practice to navigate diversity in the field
    • Apply biblical wellness-based strategies to initiate growth and transformation
    • Prepare to navigate a variety of post-graduate environments with insight, integrity, and humility

    Program Highlights


    • Higher Learning Commission (HLC)
    • Association of Theological Schools (ATS)
    • CACREP application in process

    Alumni Statistics

    • 94% pass rate in the last 6 years
    • 99% job placement rate
    • 14 Graduates in Fall 2022 – Spring 2023

    National Counselor Exam (NCE):

    • Fall 2022 – 100% passing rate (1/1 students passed)
    • Spring 2023 – 92% passing rate (11/12 students passed)

    Counseling Centers

    Honor Society

    • Mu Theta Sigma

    Alumni Testimonials

    “The program is everything I dreamed of. I had a very positive experience. Can't wait to become an LCPC.” – 2018 Graduate
    “Was the best decision I made to continue my education in this program. Learning from these professors and practitioners was invaluable.” – 2019 Graduate
    “I thought it was an eventful time where I learned a lot about both the counseling field and myself. The overall experience left me feeling equipped and prepared for the real world.” – 2021 Graduate

    After You Graduate

    You’ll graduate from the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program ready to counsel with humility, compassion, and faithfulness, serving God wherever you go. You’ll be equipped to counsel in a wide variety of circumstances.

    Alumni from the program are serving around the world in mental health agencies, hospitals, missions organizations, faith-based and university counseling centers, and many other places where God has led them.


    Eligibility for Licensure (LPC)

    The Master in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Moody Bible Institute is designed to meet the licensure standards set by the state of Illinois for a Licensed Professional Counselor. Moody Bible Institute cannot determine whether a particular licensure program meets the requirements outside of Illinois. Students seeking licensure in another state are advised to contact the appropriate licensing board in that state to determine specific requirements or guidelines for reciprocity.

    Financial Aid

    A Moody seminary education is easier than ever to afford at $519 per credit hour (price subject to change per academic year). Our scholarships and payment plans help you even more by defraying the cost of tuition and spreading out your financial obligations over time. You may also qualify for a Federal Loan.

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    Admissions Requirements

    In addition to the regular MTS admission requirements, CMHC applicants are required to complete a group interview with CMHC faculty.

    Interview Dates:

    • 02/05/24
    • 03/11/24
    • 04/08/24
    • 05/06/24

    Video conference options will be available for the interview dates. Read more about the admissions requirements here.

    New Student Orientation dates: 

    • 01/13/24

    Program Mission Statement & Core Values

    The Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MACMHC) degree program seeks to judiciously integrate the field of counseling within a Christian theological and philosophical worldview. The mission of the MACMHC is to equip students with the knowledge, skills, and dispositions necessary to be authentic servant counselors who execute transformation in their communities. To this end, the MACMHC strives to accomplish this mission through the adherence to four core values:









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