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Psychology (BA) + MA in Counseling Dual-Level Program

Combine your compassion for others with a desire to learn more about how the mind operates in this dual-level program. Take your passion to serve others into a number of versatile fields, modeling after Jesus, the Great Reconciler.

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Why BA in Psychology + MA in Counseling?

A degree in psychology enables you to understand people while developing and growing personally. Exposure to the scientific method, data collection and analysis through projects and classroom learning hones critical thinking and problem solving skills. Alongside it, the MA program will take your learning to the next level through models and methods for effective counseling using intensive small group training cohorts and labs. Upon completion of the program, graduates will have an understanding of people and how to effectively provide godly counsel in a non-clinical setting for many different areas of life.

How it Works

This dual-level program allows you to condense what would be six years of study (four-year bachelor’s + two-year master’s) into just five years by starting master-level courses as early as your junior year. You’ll be able to complete all requirements for both degrees without taking summer courses. You will also continue to receive your undergraduate scholarships and tuition aid for all five years of study, which will save you thousands of dollars.

  The MA does NOT lead to licensure.

Why BA in Psychology + MA in Counseling?

Academic Opportunity

Study coursework relevant to today’s workforce.

Career Preparation

Utilize Cairn’s business connections to enter world-class internships while you study.

Personalized Education

Engage with practical, up-to-date strategies of youth ministry.

Experienced Faculty

Be mentored by professors who have successful, global experience in business.

Hands-On Education

Receive hands-on training through ministry involvement and interaction with a ministry mentor.

Ministry Opportunity

Understand youth ministry from a global perspective and take opportunities to experience various missional contexts.

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Get an inside look at our BA in Psychology + MA in Counseling

There are over 70 unique programs at Cairn to choose from! Not sure if this is the best program for you? Here are some more details to help you decide.

Required Credits: 150

Curriculum Highlights: 

    • PSY 324: Cognitive Psychology
    • CSG 611: Psychopathology
    • CSG 701: Marriage/Family Counseling
    • CSG 711: Group Counseling
  • Psychiatric technician 
  • Case manager
  • Case worker
  • Addictions counselor
  • Academic advisor
  • Church or parachurch ministry 
  • Human resources 
  • Research
  1. Students demonstrate an understanding of counseling from a Christian perspective.
  2. Students demonstrate proficient knowledge and skills in the areas of:
    • Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • Professional counseling orientation and ethical practice
    • Counseling adolescents
    • Counseling theory and helping relationships
    • Marriage and family counseling
    • Group counseling and group work
    • Assessment and testing
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An Affordable Education

While the cost of a Cairn University education is competitive with similar institutions, we realize you may need financial assistance to take this journey.  You are not alone. 97% of our full-time undergraduate students receive some form of financial assistance. 

Meet Our Faculty

Kim Jetter

Kim R. Jetter

Faculty, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Kim completed her MS in Counseling at Cairn University. Areas of academic interest include Traumatology and Attachment-Based Therapies in work with individuals, couples, and families. Prior to joining the faculty at Cairn, Kim briefly taught as an adjunct professor at Rider University in the Marketing Department. She also maintains a private counseling practice.

Outside the classroom, she enjoys the arts, film, reading, long walks especially at the beach, and gathering with friends and family over tea/coffee. Kim is married to James Jetter and is the mother of two young adult sons.

Ruth Kuchinski Smith

Ruth Kuchinsky-Smith

Co-Chair, Sciences Department

Dr. Kuchinsky-Smith teaches on a variety of topics across psychology and research, including probability and statistics. Dr. Kuchinsky-Smith has taught at the university level for more than 30 years across the disciplines of education, special education, music, and psychology. In addition, her professional experience has taken her from the Pennsylvania Department of Education in Harrisburg to the Philadelphia Prison Systems to the School District of Philadelphia to the Milton Hershey School to freelance writing at to Lehman Memorial United Methodist Church in Hatboro, PA, where she currently serves as music director.


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