Counseling Students

The Master of Arts in Counseling is a degree program for individuals who wish to prepare themselves for professional counseling positions as mental health counselors or marriage and family therapists or who wish to pursue further studies in psychology. Upon completion of the program, graduates are qualified to sit for the mental health counselor or marriage and family therapist licensure examination(s) in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

The Master of Arts in Counseling program seeks to provide Christian training in biblical, theological and psychological disciplines. A major feature of this program is its commitment to supervised clinical practicum and internship experience. The integrative seminars provide an opportunity for the integration of biblical and theological studies with counseling theory and practice. The students admitted to this program will be placed in a variety of professional practicum and internship sites. Regular individual supervision of students will take place in the clinical setting. Students will often have the opportunity to participate in seminars, workshops, staff meetings, group supervision and other professional development activities. Those who complete this training program in counseling may expect significant growth in their professional development in preparation for Christian and/or secular employment opportunities. Apply online today!

Admission Requirements

Applicants admitted to this program:

  1. Must have a vocational goal requiring the specialized preparation available in the Master of Arts in Counseling program;
  2. Will have met the general admission requirements of the seminary;
  3. Must have followed an undergraduate or prior graduate degree program.
  4. It is recommended the applicant have at least 20 semester hours in psychology and/or related disciplines. Life experience will be evaluated on an individual basis and considered as modification of the academic background requirements stated above;
  5. Must have an undergraduate cumulative grade point average of 3.0;
  6. After meeting general admissions requirements (outlined in numbers 1-4 above) candidates must complete a series of psychological tests. This is followed by a personal interview to review and interpret the tests as well as an assessment of candidates' academic and personal readiness to participate in the program.

Admission Procedures

  1. Applicants for the Master of Arts in Counseling program are accepted for admission for the fall semester. Admission may be granted for the spring semester based on the availability of space. It should be noted that courses are sequenced assuming fall entry.
  2. Decisions regarding admission to the program will be made on a "rolling" basis for the fall semester. No applications for the fall semester will be accepted after July 1 of that year.
  3. Students who are denied admission to the MACO program must wait one calendar year before reapplying.