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Program Title: Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
Institution: Amridge University (Alabama)
Program Transitional Page
Program Description: The Master of Arts (MA) in Professional Counseling is a degree program for professionals. Experiences provide the foundation in psychology theory, scientific research, and clinical practice. In this context, students learn the different approaches and clinical techniques required for today's practitioners offering therapeutic services to individuals and groups. Also, a major goal of this program is to help prepare students for licensure in Professional Counseling in their resident state. Students who graduate from the MA in Professional Counseling Degree program will be prepared to do therapy in a church setting, private practice, governmental agency, and community agency. This program also prepares students for advanced studies in related fields. Students may also consider taking additional courses for a dual licensure in Professional Counseling and Marriage and Family Therapy. Students interested in a dual licensure should consult with the Dean of the School of Human Services.
States Authorized: NC SARA approved institution and a member of SREB’s SECRRA reciprocity agreement with the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Oklahoma, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia.
Program Information: This program's delivery mode is: Internet
   Course is 100% online.
This program is a Servicemember Opportunity College (SOC) Consortium member program.
Transitional Page Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/studentservices/resources/

Institution Information

Institution Accreditation: Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
Program Accreditation: Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Program Details

Program Level: Graduate
Degree Type: Master of Arts
For Credit: This program is offered for academic credit.
Program Enrollment Capacity: 100
Application Deadline: Open Application Deadline
Subject: Theological and Ministerial Studies
 

Methods of Instruction

  This program is delivered primarily through Internet
  Students and Instructors use the following to communicate: Discussion Board, E-Conferencing, Online Assignment, Email, Voice, Video

Program Requirements

On-Campus Requirements: Attendance is monitored by the online courseware tracking system. Students are required to participate in weekly quizzes and assignments. Changes to attendance requirements may be made as a result of changing federal financial and accreditation requirements.
Technical Requirements: As a minimum, the following computer requirements are recommended for working through the Amridge University distance learning programs and courses: 1 Operating Systems 1.1 Windows Operating Systems 1.1.1 Windows XP (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.2 Windows Vista (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.3 Windows Vista (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.4 Windows 7 (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.1.5 Windows 7 (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java) 1.2 Hardware for Windows Operating Systems 1.2.1 Pentium III 1 GHz processor or higher 1.2.2 256 MB available RAM 1.2.3 20 MB of available disk space 1.2.4 Broadband Internet connection 1.2.5 Headset with microphone 1.2.6 Web camera 1.3 Macintosh Operating Systems and Software 1.3.1 OS X 10.5 (32 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.3.2 OS X 10.6 (64 Bit with 32 Bit JVM, Java) 1.3.3 OS X 10.6 (64 Bit with 64 Bit JVM, Java) 1.3.4 PC Emulator for Summit Point 2 (for access to archived classes recorded in the Summit Point 2 format) 2 Hardware for the Macintosh Operating Systems 2.1 G4, G5 or Intel processor 2.2 256 MB available RAM 2.3 20 MB of available disk space 2.4 Broadband Internet connection 2.5 Headset with microphone 2.6 Web camera 3 Computer operating systems no longer supported 3.1 Windows 95 3.2 Windows 98 3.3 Windows ME 3.4 Windows NT 3.5 Windows 2000 3.6 Solaris 10 x86 4 Internet Browsers 4.1 Internet Browsers for the Windows Operating Systems 4.1.1 Internet Explorer 7 or higher 4.1.2 Firefox 3.5 or higher 4.2 Internet Browsers for the Macintosh Operating Systems 4.2.1 Safari 4.0 or higher 4.2.1 Firefox 3.5 or higher.
Library Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/
Bookstore Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/
Student Support and Resources: Amridge University's library/research support is based upon some 15 to 20 million monographs, and some 150,000 journals in several of the nation's richest research library collections which offer bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in compatible/similar disciplines that Amridge University is offering. These resources give students and faculty access to 43 electronic databases that include hundreds of professional and scholarly journals, serials, and magazines containing thousands of full-text articles available in an Adobe Acrobat or other mainstream file formats that can be downloaded and printed on demand. Additionally, students and faculty can conduct online searches for traditional books or in the University’s new eBooks collection. In turn, the traditional books may be checked out online with the respective books being shipped to the student or faculty member. The library and bookstore telephone is 800.351.4040, extension 7541.
Financial Aid Resources: Federal funding available for undergraduates includes Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants (FSEOG), and direct subsidized and unsubsidized loans. Federal funding available for graduate students includes direct unsubsidized and Grad Plus loans. In order to receive federal funds the student must complete the Amridge University Financial Aid Application along with the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), to include the University’s school code. Once the FAFSA is processed the financial aid office will receive information needed to access and assign student aid. Aid from institutionally generated funds is provided on the basis of academic merit, financial need, and other criteria. Limited scholarships are available. Priority is given to early applicants. For more information call 1.800.351.4040 ext, 7525, 7523, or 7527.
Prerequisites and Special Program Requirements: None.
Advising Information and Resources: Academic advisement begins when students are sent a Student Academic Evaluation (SAE) plan by the Admissions Office. The SAE report is sent to the students and advisor regularly and include several key elements. These elements include: (1) Specification of all academic work that has been accepted toward a degree at Amridge University; (2) Specification of the required and elective courses that the respective student must take in order to fulfill his or her academic requirements at Amridge University; and (3) Specification on a semester-by-semester basis the progress the respective student is making toward the completion of his or her degree.
Program Transfer Policies: In keeping with the mission, purpose and goals of Amridge University, the following guidelines have been established to evaluate for transfer, prior college level work successfully completed at other institutions, credit by examination, and life learning credit. Amridge University may allow students to transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities. Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended must be received by Amridge University directly from these institutions. Documentation of high school graduation or accepted equivalent must also be on file. Transfer of credit for work earned at other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning is not automatic, but an applicant may, when making application, request the acceptance of previously earned college credit. Additionally, Amridge University reserves the right to reject transfer credit from any institution including a regionally accredited institution. A decision by Amridge University not to accept transfer work under this provision could include, but not limited to, the respective institution’s accreditation is suspended, or put on probation; the institution has experienced severe financial distress and could affect the quality of courses and program offered; the institution has lost its license to operate in any state, or legal action is initiated against the institution by the U.S. Department of Education or other federal agency. Additionally, the University may decide not to accept credit from any institution of higher education if it believes that course work and learning outcomes are not comparable to Amridge University’s own degree programs. Amridge University accepts credit for previous education and academic training done at regionally accredited institutions based on the individual’s transcript and the compatibility of courses offered at Amridge University. Course comparability decisions rest with the Vice President of Academic Affairs who may choose to review a course description/syllabus prior to determining acceptance of credit. Transfer credit may be accepted by examination and from credit earned through life experience (i.e., American Council on Education (ACE) recommended military credit, College Level Education Program (CLEP), Department of Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), Excelsior tests, and selected Bible colleges), upon review. Students must submit official copies of test score reports, Sailor/Marine American Council on Education Registry Transcript (SMART), Army/ACE Registry Transcript System (AARTS), and transcripts from all institutions previously attended before any credit is applied. No institutional academic credit transfer will be accepted after the first semester. Transfer credit may also be accepted from specialized/nationally accredited institutions recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). This requires the same institutional and programmatic review process detailed in the section title Prior Credit for Academic Work Completed at Schools of Preaching, Bible Colleges, Theology Schools and other unaccredited institutions at the end of this policy. This is a comprehensive review process conducted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs and requiring the full cooperation of the institution from which students wish to request credit transfer. The amount of credit to be accepted will initially be determined using an unofficial preliminary evaluation. The amount may vary depending on the courses submitted for transfer and the level of the program the applicant is entering at Amridge University. For applicants transferring from other regionally accredited institutions, the amount of transfer credit and advanced standing allowed will be determined by officials in the Registrar’s Office. Courses with grades of “D” are only acceptable for transfer in those degree programs in which grades of “D” are acceptable for courses taken at Amridge University. All credits transferred in and posted on an academic record will be applied before a student finishes his first semester of work. Students are responsible for requesting consideration of transfer credit at the point of initial application. In keeping with the mission, purpose and goals of Amridge University, the following guidelines have been established to evaluate for transfer, prior college level work successfully completed at other institutions, credit by examination, and life learning credit. Amridge University may allow students to transfer credit from other accredited colleges and universities. Official transcripts from all postsecondary schools attended must be received by Amridge University directly from these institutions. Documentation of high school graduation or accepted equivalent must also be on file. Transfer of credit for work earned at other regionally accredited institutions of higher learning is not automatic, but an applicant may, when making application, request the acceptance of previously earned college credit. Additionally, Amridge University reserves the right to reject transfer credit from any institution including a regionally accredited institution. A decision by Amridge University not to accept transfer work under this provision could include, but not limited to, the respective institution’s accreditation is suspended, or put on probation; the institution has experienced severe financial distress and could affect the quality of courses and program offered; the institution has lost its license to operate in any state, or legal action is initiated against the institution by the U.S. Department of Education or other federal agency. Additionally, the University may decide not to accept credit from any institution of higher education if it believes that course work and learning outcomes are not comparable to Amridge University’s own degree programs. Amridge University accepts credit for previous education and academic training done at regionally accredited institutions based on the individual’s transcript and the compatibility of courses offered at Amridge University. Course comparability decisions rest with the Vice President of Academic Affairs who may choose to review a course description/syllabus prior to determining acceptance of credit. Amridge University is a member of the Service Members Opportunity Colleges (SOC). mm
Maximum Number of Credits Transferable: Amridge University recognizes that students transferring from other institutions may have earned academic credit that is applicable to their Academic Plan at the University. Students may be eligible to transfer up to 27 semester hours of coursework into the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling.
Other Program Specific Information: See program admissions requirements. Before being graduated with the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling, a student must satisfy the following requirements: 1. A total of 60 graduate semester hours of the required course work; 2. At least 33 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University. 3. Complete all required coursework including the specified practicum and clinical courses. This requirement includes the accumulation and documentation of at least 600 hours of face-to-face clinical experience. Of these 600 hours, a minimum of 500 must be client contact, and a minimum of 100 must be concurrent supervision of that client contact with an approved supervisor, for a minimum ratio of 1 hour of supervision for each 5 hours of client contact; 4. Students in the Master of Arts in the Professional Counseling program are required to earn at least a grade of B- (3.0) in each course. A course with a grade below a B- must be repeated; 5. Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Exam that given as part of the capstone course; and 6. Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application available from Amridge University’s web site. The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate. Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met. Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.

Adult Learners

Adult Learner Resources: Amridge University's library/research support is based upon some 15 to 20 million monographs, and some 150,000 journals in several of the nation's richest research library collections which offer bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees in compatible/similar disciplines that Amridge University is offering. These resources give students and faculty access to 43 electronic databases that include hundreds of professional and scholarly journals, serials, and magazines containing thousands of full-text articles available in an Adobe Acrobat or other mainstream file formats that can be downloaded and printed on demand. Additionally, students and faculty can conduct online searches for traditional books or in the University’s new eBooks collection. In turn, the traditional books may be checked out online with the respective books being shipped to the student or faculty member. The library and bookstore telephone is 800.351.4040, extension 7541.
Adult Learner Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/studentservices/resources/

Admissions and Enrollment

Admissions Requirements: Applications for admission to the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling program will not be considered complete until all of the following items are properly completed and submitted: 1. Application Form – This form should be completed in detail. 2. Application Fee – The applicant must submit an application fee. Information about the application fee is published on the Amridge University website. This one-time fee is non-refundable. 3. An earned Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from a regionally accredited institution. 4. Official Transcripts – Applicants must request an official academic transcript from each postsecondary institution previously attended to be sent directly to Amridge University. Transcript Request Forms are available on the University’s web site. No transcript is official unless it is sent from institution to institution and bears the seal of the institution where the work was completed. If the applicant has not completed the last course(s) at another school for which he or she is registered at the time of filing his or her application with Amridge University, a partial transcript should be sent for evaluation. The final transcript showing courses completed and any degree earned is required before the end of the first semester after initial matriculation. No academic credit will be recorded on a student’s permanent record until all necessary credentials are received.
Admissions Office Website: http://www.amridgeuniversity.edu/
Application Requirements: Applicants must submit an Application for Admission and a $50 nonrefundable application fee. The applicant must ensure that the admissions application is properly completed with the correct information and that all supporting documents, such as: official transcripts from each academic institution attended are submitted as required. In order for a transcript to be official, the transcript must be sent directly from the institution to Amridge University. No student will be permitted to enroll a second term if there are any outstanding admission records. The application is available on the University's web site. See program admissions requirements.
Enrollment Procedures:
  • Students need to be admitted to the institution before program registration.
  • Students can apply for admission via the Internet.
  • Students can register for this program via the Internet.

Credits and Schedule Details

Project Schedule: A copy of the latest edition of the course schedule is available on the Amridge University web site. Not applicable.
Additional Admission and Schedule Information: Amridge University defines satisfactory academic progress by two factors: an acceptable cumulative grade point average (CGPA) and completion of degree requirements within a specified time limit. If a student is not receiving government funded financial aid, the time limit for completion of the Master of Arts program is five years.
Total Number of Credit Hours to Earn a Degree: Complete at least 60 graduate semester hours of which at least 33 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University.
Special Credit Arrangements for the Program: Additional admissions, transfer, and degree requirements are available on the Amridge University web site.

Cost Details

Average Course Costs: In-state:

Out-of-state:

Electronic rate: $2,145.00
The in-state and out-of-state rates are the same

Out-of-district:
Tuition rates for certain schools in Texas.
Materials Required and Other Tuition and Fee Considerations: Additional course fees will apply. Contact Amridge University for more information on tuition and fees. Also, contact Amridge University for information on locking in your tuition rate. The contact telephone number is 1.888.790.8080.

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