Master of Arts in Interpersonal Relations


As the Lord tears down and rebuilds lives, we are invited to be his workmen. The vision of the Department of Counseling and Interpersonal Relations faculty is for our students to have a strong, unwavering biblical world view and a deep understanding that Christ makes all things new. 

Our students are trained to assist hurting people in the healing journey by being scripturally grounded, professionally skilled, and interpersonally competent as they work in faith-based and secular mental health agencies. The Master of Arts in Interpersonal Relations degree is for those who have career goals that do not require licensure, such as pastors, human resource directors, teachers, coaches, nurses, law enforcement officers, managers, student affairs personnel on college and university campuses, lay people, and others who require counseling skills in the work place.

This 37-credit-hour degree offers training in the application of skills to assist hurting individuals in ministry and secular settings. The M.A. in Interpersonal Relations degree prepares individuals to minister in the church, on the mission field, and in the work place, without becoming licensed. 

Schedule of Study for M.A. Interpersonal Relations (residential)

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Examples of courses in this major:

CPY505, CPY 505I Theological Foundations of Counseling

This course will examine the theological foundation of counseling specifically as it pertains to Scriptural truth and principles. Topics such as the historical relationship between counseling and theology; attributes of God as the author of counseling; key concepts of biblical counseling; therapeutic process of biblical counseling; and therapeutic techniques of biblical counseling will be explored. Three hours.

CPY635, CPY 635I Group Counseling

This course will examine the history, theories and methods of group counseling as applied in a multicultural society and as viewed from a Christian perspective. Learners will be trained in applications of group psychotherapy through group discussions, a group experiential simulation, and role-playing demonstrations for the purpose of developing and growing their group leadership proficiency. Three hours.

CPY550, CPY 550I Psychotherapy and Trauma

This course will examine the nature and practice of psychotherapy as it pertains to the topic of crises, disasters, and other trauma causing events. The nature of trauma, trauma resolution, and the standard of care in responding to trauma survivors will be explored. The course includes an emphasis on the study of Scripture to gain a biblical understanding of the process involved in grappling with suffering and how this applies to trauma survivors. Three hours.

CPY525, CPY 525I Psychopathology

This course provides an introduction to the concepts of psychopathology and to the major diagnostic categories of the current DSM and their etiologies. Learners will examine issues of psychopathology and normalcy through the lens of Scripture, providing an opportunity for students to develop diagnostic skills. Emphasis is placed on understanding how cultural, biological, social, psychological and spiritual factors are all necessary components when developing an ethical model of assessment and treatment planning. Three hours.

CPY620, CPY 620I Ethical/Legal Issues

This course is designed to develop a broad biblical knowledge base, critical thinking and ethical decision-making skills for mental health counseling practice. A focus on the development of student desire and diligence as practicing counselors and the development of a high degree of personal and professional ethics to enhance clinical work will be emphasized. Three hours.