What programs are to be offered through the Institute?

Master of Arts in Counseling 
Master of Arts in Organizational Leadership
Credential Program in Counseling  
Credential Program in Leadership
Credential Program in Executive Coaching

I am undecided on which Institute program I would like to pursue. How do I choose what program is best for me?

One of the unique facets of the Institute is that students will learn coaching and counseling skills regardless of which program is chosen. The difference is that each program will have a deeper emphasis in one direction or another. Ultimately, your interest, passions and career goals will be the best gauge in determining which program direction is best suited for you.

The Counseling program emphasizes the restoration of brokenness in the lives of our clients. This brokenness can surface as depression, relationship or marital problems, anxiety, addiction, personality issues, impulsivity, and more. Our program will equip you as a counselor to use the transformational power of relationships as a healing component that brings about repair and restoration in the lives of clients. If the idea of entering into the dark, painful places with clients speaks deeply to your heart, it is likely the Counseling program is a good fit for your talents, abilities, and natural giftings. After completion of this program, you have the ability to pursue state licensure.

The Organizational Leadership and Coaching programs emphasize setting and achieving goals. All people need coaches to maximize their skills, talents, and abilities. The Coaching/Leadership programs will equip students to harness the power of relationships to shift individuals and organizations from good to great. Students will develop the relational, strategic process principles and skills needed to help individuals and organizations flourish. The Leadership/Coaching programs would likely be the best fit if helping leaders or organizations find their vision, develop their niche, and execute their path best aligns with your passions and interests. 

What are credential programs?

Credential programs are designed for individuals wanting to further their development and add new skills, but a master’s degree is not a fit for them. Credential programs require 12+ credit hours, compared to the 33+ credit hours required for those pursuing a master’s degree. Many of the courses taken in the credential programs will fulfill requirements in the master’s programs if you decide to pursue a degree later on. 

What class formats are available through the Institute?

The Master’s in Counseling program may be completed online or residentially on campus. All other programs are available online. 

Is any face-to-face time required with online programs through the Institute?

Yes. Online Counseling students will be required to participate in two three-day intensives held on campus in Huntington, Indiana. All other online programs (Master's in Organizational Leadership and Credentials in Executive Coaching and Leadership) will be required to participate in one three-day intensive also held on campus in Huntington, Indiana.  

When are the residential (face-to-face) courses offered?

Generally, residential courses meet Monday through Thursday from either 2:30-5:00 p.m. or 6-8:30 p.m. Each class meets one time each week for two-and-a-half hours.

Where will classes be offered for residential (face-to-face) students?

Classes are currently offered in the following locations:

What is the normal course load required? How much time will I need to commit to this program?

Taking 10-12 credits per semester keeps you on track to complete the program in 2 years for the Counseling program or 1 year for the Organizational Leadership program. Graduate-level courses typically require a heavy load of reading and writing, and students should plan to dedicate 3-5 hours per course outside of class time to complete assignments.

May I enroll as a part-time student?

Yes, you are more than welcome to work through the program at your own pace. We completely understand that because of other responsibilities and commitments, full time is not possible for every student. Part-time status would be considered 3-6 credits per semester.

Does the Institute run on a semester schedule?

Yes. The academic year includes a fall semester, spring semester, and two summer terms. Fall and spring semesters last 15 weeks each, and each summer term is 7 weeks. We believe that this provides the best opportunity for students to achieve skills, knowledge, acquisition, and application. Online courses last 7 weeks each instead of 15 weeks. 

What is the cost of the Institute's programs?

The 2015-16 tuition is $494 per credit hour, which is comparable to or lower than other graduate programs in the area. We attempt to keep additional fees to a minimum; however, there are a few courses that require a minimal lab fee. 

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available for those pursuing a master’s degree in Counseling or Organizational Leadership, but not for those pursuing credential programs since they are non-degree programs. Visit our Financial Aid page to learn more about the types of financial aid available.

Are any payment plans available?

Yes. You may choose to pay a portion or the entirety of your tuition in a monthly payment plan. Payment plan options are explained in more detail on our Business Office page

Is a bachelor’s degree required for admission into the Institute?

Yes. All Institute programs, including credential programs, are designed for students who currently hold a baccalaureate (undergraduate) degree from a regionally accredited university, or are in the process of earning one prior to enrolling in the Institute.

What types of bachelor's degrees are acceptable for entry into the Institute?

Students holding bachelor’s degrees from any discipline are welcome to apply as long as they complete the specified prerequisites. Prerequisites are only required for the Master’s in Counseling program.

What prerequisites are required to start the program?

Prerequisites are only required for the Master’s in Counseling program. To be eligible for full acceptance into the Master’s in Counseling program, your undergraduate work needs to include the following:

Aside from these academic prerequisites, we also require the GRE (Graduate Record Exam) for the Master’s in Counseling program. A score must be submitted prior to completing your first year of graduate work.

If you do not currently have these prerequisites met, you may still be accepted into the Master’s in Counseling program on a conditional basis and complete up to one year of graduate work without having all academic prerequisites met, contingent upon admissions committee approval. We can assist you in completing these requirements. 

What is the timeline for admissions decisions?

You may apply at any time; however, due to the high level of interest in the Institute, we recommend submitting your admission materials as early as possible. Admissions decisions will be made in phases throughout the year until we reach capacity.

How much counseling experience will I receive in the graduate counseling program?

The Institute is committed to meeting or exceeding all state requirements regarding hours of experience. Students who wish to pursue licensure in states requiring a 60 credit hour master’s program will graduate with 1,000 hours of counseling experience. Students will clock 500 direct client hours, which exceeds most states’ requirements. Students who wish to pursue licensure in states requiring a 48-hour master’s program will graduate with 750 hours of counseling experience. Students will gather 375 hours of direct client interaction which exceeds most states’ requirements. This additional experience provides students the opportunity to receive additional supervision and provides additional preparation prior to graduation. Additional experience is extremely helpful when competing with graduates of other programs for employment.

In the Institute graduate counseling program, you will begin to practice your counseling skills with individuals during your first semester in the Helping Relationships class. After foundation courses are completed, you will begin to see clients. Students in the residential program on Huntington University’s main campus will see clients in the LifeSpring Counseling Center. This Counseling Practicum will be 100 hours of practice with 50% being direct client contact through individuals, couples, families or groups. 

Following your successful completion of Practicum, you will secure an internship site off campus for your Supervised Internships. Each of these Internships will take place over a period of one semester and will include 300 hours of clinical practice with 50% direct client contact. Finding the internship site will be your responsibility following the Program guidelines. Practicum and Internship experiences meet the Indiana state requirement of 1,000 hours of clinical practice in your graduate program.

Each state has regulations related to therapy practice, internships and mental health licensing. Students should become familiar with regulations in their state of residence. In particular, students should become knowledgeable of state regulations regarding distance (online) education, specific course and internship requirements. Students are responsible for understanding unique licensure requirements of their state.

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How does graduate work differ from undergraduate work?

In the graduate programs, you will expand your knowledge of a particular discipline as well as expand your knowledge of self. Master's-level work covers more breadth and depth of subject matter with more attention given to original sources such as Freud, Adler, Rogers, Perls, etc. Graduate work also encourages higher-level critical thinking including analysis, synthesis, and evaluation. Master's-level students are required to take more responsibility for their learning than undergraduates do. Most classes will require significant levels of reading and display of writing skill.

I'm interested in special pricing for my group or team to take one or more courses through the Institute. How can I find out more information about that?

Please email graduate@huntington.edu or call (888) 424-7231. 

Where is Huntington University located?

Huntington University’s main campus is located approximately 25 minutes from Fort Wayne, Indiana. Our park-like, contemporary campus encompasses 160 acres and hosts excellent academic/research facilities (HU has invested more than $30 million in new facilities since 1990). Students enrolled in practicum will meet with clients in the graduate counseling program's free clinic, LifeSpring Counseling Center. Because of our proximity to Fort Wayne, students have clinical internship opportunities in both urban and rural settings. 

Beginning in the fall of 2012, classes were offered both on the university's main campus, and in a new location in Fort Wayne, Indiana’s second largest city. Students in Fort Wayne will meet in a newly renovated space at Parkview Hospital’s Randallia campus, on the northeast side of Fort Wayne.

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