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Master of Arts in Counseling (MACO) Degree Program

Prepare for various careers in professional counseling through the Master of Arts in Counseling.

Hamilton Campus

Prepare for various careers in professional counseling through the Master of Arts in Counseling, which offers two specific tracks (students may pursue both concurrently):

Mental Health Counseling Track focuses on diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health issues.

Marriage and Family Counseling Track takes a systematic approach to counseling individuals within the context of family.

M.A. in Counseling graduates are qualified to sit for licensure examination(s) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Typical Student

M.A. in Counseling students are a diverse group who display essential qualities of wisdom, maturity and skills necessary for excellence in the field of counseling. Most have an undergraduate background in psychology or sociology, or significant life experience in the field. Whether you’re starting your first endeavor out of college or moving into a second career, the M.A. in Counseling degree will provide excellent preparation for Christian and/or secular employment opportunities.

Potential Counseling Careers

  • Agencies
  • Private practice
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Churches
  • Group homes
  • Detox centers
  • Pregnancy centers

Program Distinctives

  • Supervised clinical practicum and internship experience
  • Professional and integrative seminars designed to incorporate theological studies with counseling theories and practices
  • Opportunities for participation in workshops, staff meetings, group supervision and other professional development activities
  • Courses structured in discipleship development (equipping one to become like Christ) and apprenticeship (equipping one to become a disciple-maker)

Program Details

Degree requirements

Completion time: 3 years

Sample Courses

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Boston Campus

Prepare for your career in professional counseling through the Master of Arts in Counseling program, which offers a specific track in Mental Health Counseling. In this track, you’ll be equipped to serve in a variety of urban-based mental health contexts, and to serve the family counseling and mental health needs of congregations in diverse urban communities.  This unique track integrates Christian theology and psychology within a multi-ethnic urban context.

M.A. in Counseling—Mental Health Track graduates are qualified to sit for licensure examination(s) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Typical Student

M.A. in Counseling—Mental Health Track students are a diverse group who display essential qualities of wisdom, maturity and skills necessary for excellence in the field of counseling. Most have an undergraduate background in psychology or sociology, or significant life experience in the field. Whether you’re starting your first endeavor out of college or moving into a second career, the M.A. in Counseling – Mental Health Track degree will provide excellent preparation for Christian and/or secular employment opportunities.

Potential Counseling Careers

  • Community agencies
  • Private practice
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Churches
  • Group homes
  • Detox centers
  • Behavioral health care organizations

Program Distinctives

  • Supervised clinical practicum and internship experience
  • Academic programs contextualized to the needs of the city
  • Convenient class locations in downtown Boston, and in cities across New England
  • Emphasis on deep spiritual formation, global engagement and practical training
  • Unique multi-ethnic focus offers a strategic approach to servant-leadership in an urban context
  • Various courses offered in Spanish, French, Haitian-Creole and Portuguese

Program Details

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Spotlight Alum

“Both inside and outside the classroom—through lectures, projects and discussion groups with fellow students and within my supervised counseling internships—I was challenged, invested in and had the opportunity to apply my learning practically. I consider my education from Gordon-Conwell to be an indispensible gift and tool as I continue my own purposeful journey.”

Jim Petipas, MAYM ‘92, MACO ‘09
Counselor and Life Coach, Xpedition Counseling | Chelmsford, MA