Master of Arts in Counseling
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 a 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.
Counseling is a broad field which cannot be covered completely in two years of full-time study. It is, therefore, necessary to specialize. The Master of Arts in Counseling at Friedensau Adventist University offers the possibility to specialize in the area of marriage counseling, family counseling, and life counseling. While half of the studies concentrate on the chosen specialization which includes 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 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 than enough work for Counseling graduates because the psychosocial hardships and 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 an 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 prove 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 prove 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 the 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).
- Submit the fully completed application package on the application website within the application period.
- The application will be discussed at the academic admission and financial committees respectively (within 1 week to 1 month). The decision of acceptance will be made under consideration of the enrolment capacity and a completed financial plan.
- The admission committees’ decision will be communicated to the applicant by the admissions office within one week by e-mail.
- Admitted applicants will be asked to transfer the down payment and deposit to the University within 2-3 weeks after the admission decision is communicated.
- Upon the receipt of the down payment and deposit, the admissions office prepares and sends to the prospective student the study documents, in case a visa is required also the relevant for the embassy which may take up to 1 month.
- only with visa requirement: The applicant applies for a student visa. Please check in advance how much time you need in order to receive an appointment at the respective embassy. The visa application normally takes 6-8 weeks.
- Applicants for the Master programmes Music Therapy and Counseling will be contacted by the Admission Office regarding the certificates of participation in a self-perception course, the results of the interviews (1 for Music Therapy, 2 for Counseling) and the aptitude test (only Music Therapy) after later in the application process. There is no need to upload these documents.
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