Counseling is a relatively new branch of science, located among social pedagogy, pedagogy, sociology and psychology. The Master of Arts in Counseling programme at Friedensau Adventist University includes insights from these areas as well as economic sciences, medicine and theology.
Although Counseling is a newer branch of science, it already has a long tradition in pastoral care. Therefore, due to the university’s Christian profile, the Counseling programme at FAU offers an advantage over other institutions who have not had the long standing tradition of offering education in counseling. Moreover, the Master of Arts in Counseling at Friedensau Adventist University is state-recognized—and most importantly-- accredited. This offers students the possibility to continue on to a Doctorate degree after their Master’s. Another bonus is the ability to enroll in this programme extra-occupational, allowing one to continue work while studying.
The Master of Arts in Counseling offers a solid foundation for any kind of career concerned with marriage counseling, family counseling, or life counseling. This programme is a perfect fit for students who already have a degree in social work, social education, pastoral ministry, or other similar areas.
Unlike other extra-occupational programmes of this kind, the Master of Arts in Counseling offers instruction in not only theory, self- and partner-perception, and an extensive internship under supervision, but also a strong research component.
Friedensau Adventist University is member of the German Association for Counseling (DGfB), and covers in its Master of Arts in Counseling programme all necessary training criteria for the counseling profession.
Deanery School of Social Sciences
An der Ihle 5 A, LÜP 101
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Counseling is a broad field which cannot be covered completely in two years of full-time study. It is therefore necessary to specialise. The Master of Arts in Counseling at Friedensau Adventist University offers the possibility to specialise in the area of marriage counseling, family counseling, and life counseling. While half of the studies concentrate on the chosen specialisation — which include an extensive internship under special technical and interdisciplinary supervision — the other half provides the foundations of counseling, courses in psychology and health sciences, as well as research methods and an extensive scientific work in form of a master thesis.
The standard period of study is 4 semesters for full-time students and 6 semesters for extra occupational students. Courses are offered during block weeks.
The programme has a modular structure. A module consists of several courses which are grouped in a thematic block. The modules generally take up one semester or one year of study. The certificates of achievement from the individual units are the basis for the module grade, which is awarded as an overall grade. Credits are assigned to the successfully completed modules according to the ECTS (European Credit Transfer System). The modules and their performance grades are thus recognized throughout Europe, making it easier to change one’s place of study. Transfer to an overseas institution is also possible.
There is more then enough work for Counseling graduates, because the psychosocial hardships und problems around us increase steadily. However, the problem is not the work, but the payment for it… Nonetheless we want to encourage you. Counseling graduates can work autonomously, on the basis of a honorarium, or in a permanent position in counseling offices of free or municipally agencies, in hospitals — especially institutions for psychological problems — or in leadership positions within social or christian institutions. Certainly, also an academic career is possible and especially in such a new branch of science interesting and appealing.
For all applicants, the prerequisite for the programme is a Bachelors degree in social science, social pedagogy, psychology, educational sciences, political sciences, sociology, or an equivalent with a GPA ≥ 2.5/3.5. If the required undergraduate degree of an applicant is outside the subject area, the applicant might have to proof the possession of knowledge in certain areas or has to enroll in some modules of the Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work at Friedensau Adventist University.
Moreover, applicants are required to proof that they participated in at least 50 hours of self-perception courses. Exceptions may be granted by the examination board of the social science faculty of Friedensau Adventist University.
All applicants have to prepare for two interviews — one with a lecture at Friedensau Adventist University and one with a counselor in any counseling office with a focus on marriage counseling, family counseling, or life counseling — in order to assess aptitude of the applicant. Applicants are required to bring written proof of their interviews with a remark that states that the applicant “most probably is fit/conditionally fit/unfit to be a counselor.” If an applicant is assessed as unfit in both interviews the necessary prerequisites are not fulfilled. If an applicant is assessed as conditionally fit in both interviews study permission might be granted under additional conditions.
Foreign applicants who have little or no knowledge of German can take a one-year course in German as a foreign language (“Deutsch als Fremdsprache”) at Friedensau Adventist University. Applicants must otherwise be able to demonstrate a good knowledge of German, e.g. by successfully passing a test of German as a foreign language (TestDaF-Prüfung) with level-4 results in all 4 areas of performance (4 x TDN 4).
Period of study
Period of study
Study at the FAU follows the standard periods of study in Germany. Studies commence at the beginning of the winter semester.
Application packs for admission to a programme of study can be requested from the Admissions Office/International Office. The application for admission should be sent to the Admissions Office or International Office. In addition to the application for admission, the following documents must be submitted in full by the deadline:
- certified photocopies of the original certificates showing school-leaving qualifications and any periods of study
- certificate of participation in a self-perception course
- proof of the participation in two interviews as mentioned above
- information on how the programme of study will be financed
- curriculum vitae
- a photo
(Periods of study should be documented as precisely as possible with relevant evidence, e.g. transcript etc. Please do not send original certificates! The documents remain in the possession of the university. Official translations of all foreign-language documents must be in German, except in the case of English or French documents.)
An application for admission can only be processed by the university when the necessary documents have been received in full. Hence the admissions procedure can only consider those applications for which the necessary documents have been submitted by the application deadline. Incomplete applications will not be processed.
The deadline for submission of the application for admission is: for German applicants August 31 (for October start), for foreign applicants, April 30 (for October start). Applications for admission which arrive after this deadline cannot be considered.
Notice of admission
Notice of admission
The applications for admission to study are processed by the Admissions Office/International Office. The decision regarding admission is taken under consideration of the university places available, the level of qualification, and the evidence of funding for the programme. If all necessary prerequisites are fulfilled, the applicant will receive written notification of admission. The confirmation of admission for foreign applicants will only be sent once the deposit has been paid.
Programme information as PDF files
- Examination regulations
- Module handbook