PROGRAM OVERVIEW

MA in Counseling (maco)

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MACO) is a CACREP-accredited 60-counseling-credit-hour degree program designed to prepare you for various careers in professional counseling and to help you integrate your Christian faith throughout the program.

The integrated academic and clinical training is naturally embedded in a seminary because our context will allow you to acquire the necessary biblical and theological foundations to effectively provide whole-person care, to both people whose values and practices are framed in the Christian faith and those whose faith and practices are different from your own.

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Program Distinctives

  • 60 counseling credits
  • Couple your clinical skills with training in pastoral ministry through the optional MACO/MDiv dual enrollment opportunity.
  • Prepare for licensure in Massachusetts or elsewhere through our CACREP-accredited program.
  • Engage with experienced faculty passionate about coupling counseling and theology to provide holistic care.
  • Take what you learn in the classroom and serve the local community through internship opportunities.
  • Reap the riches of learning in community at our residential campus nestled on the charming North Shore of Massachusetts.
  • Study at any of the 10 theological institutions in the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium (BTI) and access their libraries.

Typical Students

MA 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 MA 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

Chemical dependency/
substance abuse settings

Pregnancy Centers

Behavioral health care organizations

Para-church ministry

Missions

Courses

81 Credit Hours

Course List

Biblical Studies: 3 Courses / 9 Credit Hours

  • Exploring the Old Testament (OT500)
  • Exploring the New Testament (NT500)
  • Interpreting the Bible (NT/OT517)

Christian Thought: 4 Courses / 12 Credit Hours

  • Theology Survey I (TH501)
  • Theology Survey II (TH502)
  • Survey of Church History (CH500)
  • Ethics Course (Any ET/SE)

Integrative Counseling: 15 Courses / 45 Credit Hours

  • Introduction to Counseling (CO500)
  • Clinical Skills (CO507)
  • Lifespan Development: Implications for Counseling (CO/SF610)
  • Research Methods & Design (CO699)
  • Psychopathology (CO710)
  • Group Process (CO/PC711)
  • Multicultural Diversity in Counseling (CO/WM712)
  • Assessment in Counseling (CO735)
  • Career Counseling & Lifestyle Development (CO740)
  • Professional Standards & Ethics (CO790)
  • Integrative Seminary CO801
  • Counseling Elective (Choose from below)
  • Counseling Elective (Choose from below)
  • Counseling Elective (Choose from below)
  • Counseling Elective (Choose from below)

Counseling Electives

  • Human Sexuality (CO602)
  • Theories of Personality (CO611)
  • Family Systems Theory (CO614)
  • Cognitive Therapy (CO616)
  • Counseling for Crisis & Trauma (CO635)
  • Ministering to Women in Pain (CO/MC642)
  • Suicide Prevention for Professional Caregivers (CO/PC671)
  • Counseling in Addictive Behaviors (CO709)
  • Family Counseling/Therapy (CO714)
  • Couples Counseling (CO716)
  • Counseling in Abuse and Domestic Violence (CO717)
  • Counseling Children (CO720)
  • Counseling the Adolescent (CO/PC/YM725)

Practicum/Internships/Professional Seminars Requirements: 15 Credit Hours

  • Clinical Practicum (CO863) Credits: 3
  • Professional Practicum Seminar (CO871) Credits: 3
  • Clinical Internship I (CO865A) Credits: 3
  • Clinical Internship II (CO865B) Credits: 3
  • Professional Internship Seminar l (CO873A) Credits: 1.5
  • Professional Internship Seminar ll (CO873B) Credits: 1.5

This list is provided for you convenience. It seeks to be accurate and up-to-date but does not replace your graduation check sheet as the authoritative statement of degree requirements per your admission. That check sheet provides a fuller list of alternative courses and potential exceptions.

MACO Faculty

Dr. Jeffrey Arthurs

Robinson Chair of Preaching & Communication

Dr. Eun Ah Cho

Dean of the Gordon-Conwell Institute, Professor of Intercultural Studies

Dr. Dave Currie

Professor of Pastoral Theology, Dean of the Doctor of Ministry Program, Vice President of Cohort-Based Education

Dr. Brad Howell

Dean of Teaching and Learning, Executive Director of Southeast Region

Dr. Scott W. Sunquist

President and Professor of Missiology

Dr. Virginia Ward

Dean of the Boston Campus, Executive Director of Northeast Region, Assistant Professor of Youth and Leadership

Dr. Gerry Wheaton

Dean of the Southeast Region,  Associate Professor of New Testament

Dr. Mateus de Campos

Dean of the Hamilton Campus, Assistant Professor of New Testament

Dr. Carol Kaminski

Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Sean McDonough

Professor of New Testament

Dr. Seong Hyun Park

Assistant Professor of Old Testament; Associate Dean of Cohort-Based Education Core Curriculum & Research

Dr. Donna Petter

Associate Professor of Old Testament, Director of the Hebrew Language Program

Dr. Thomas Petter

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Eckhard J. Schnabel

Mary French Rockefeller Distinguished Professor of New Testament

Dr. Gwenfair Walters Adams

Professor of Church History

Dr. John Jefferson Davis

Professor of Systematic Theology and Christian Ethics

Dr. Gordon Isaac

Berkshire Professor of Church History and Advent Christian Studies

Dr. Todd Johnson

Eva B. and Paul E. Toms Distinguished Professor of Mission and Global Christianity

Dr. Adonis Vidu

Professor of Theology

Dr. Kevin Xiyi Yao

Associate Professor of World Christianity and Asian Studies

Dr. Kenneth Barnes

Mockler-Phillips Professor of Workplace Theology and Business Ethics

Mr. Daniel Montañez

Adjunct Instructor, Latino & Global Ministries Program

Dr. Angie H. Kim

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Matthew D. Kim

George F. Bennett Professor of Preaching and Practical Theology, Director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching, Director of Mentored Ministry

Dr. Karen Mason

Professor of Counseling and Psychology, Director of the Hamilton Counseling Department

Dr. Jim Singleton, Jr.

Associate Professor of Pastoral Leadership and Evangelism

Ms. Quonekuia Day

Instructor in Old Testament

Dr. E. Carolina Benitez

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Christopher A. Cook

Assistant Professor of Counseling

Dr. Rodney Cooper

Senior Professor of Ministry

Dr. Pam Davis

Associate Professor of Counseling, Director of the Counseling Department at Charlotte

Dr. Donald Fairbairn

Robert E. Cooley Professor of Early Christianity, Director of the Cooley Center

Dr. Rollin Grams

Professor of Biblical Theology and Ethics

Dr. Vickey Maclin

Associate Professor of Counseling

Dr. Robert Mayer

Senior Professor of Church History

Dr. Catherine McDowell

Associate Professor of Old Testament

Mr. Dean Borgman

Emeritus Professor of Youth Ministry

Dr. Dennis Hollinger

Colman M. Mockler Distinguished Professor of Christian Ethics

Dr. Gordon Hugenberger

Senior Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Edward Keazirian

Senior Professor of Greek and New Testament, Director of the Greek Language Program

Dr. Peter Kuzmic

Senior Distinguished Professor of World Missions and European Studies

Dr. Richard Lints

Senior Distinguished Professor of Theology

Dr. Jeffrey J. Niehaus

Senior Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Pablo Polischuk

Senior Professor of Pastoral Counseling & Psychology

Dr. Garth Rosell

Senior Research Professor of Church History

Dr. Aída Besançon Spencer

Senior Professor of New Testament

Dr. Douglas Stuart

Senior Professor of Old Testament

Dr. Eldin Villafane

Distinguished Professor of Christian Social Ethics, Emeritus

Dr. David Wells

Senior Distinguished Research Professor of Theology

Dr. Tim Laniak

Senior Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Patricia Batten

Ranked Adjunct Professor of Preaching, Associate Director of the Haddon W. Robinson Center for Preaching, Chapel Advisor

Dr. Katherine Horvath

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Gina A. Zurlo

Adjunct Faculty of World Christianity and Mission, Co-Director of the Center for the Study of Global Christianity

Dr. Christine Palmer

Adjunct Professor of Old Testament

Dr. David Palmer

Adjunct Professor of New Testament

Dr. Justin M. Young

Adjunct Professor of Old Testament, Director of Academic & Information Services—Jacksonville

Dr. Annette Wright

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Andrew J. Martin

Adjunct Professor of Theology

Dr. Carlot D. Celestin

Adjunct Professor of Counseling

Dr. Daniel Reyes

Adjunct Professor of Counseling

Dr. David A. Escobar Arcay

Adjunct Professor of Theology and Christian Thought

Dr. Erin Crider

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. J. Anthony Lloyd

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jason Hood

Adjunct Professor of New Testament

Dr. Jeff Bass

Adjunct Professor

Dr. Jim Critchlow

Assistant Professor of Biblical Languages

Dr. Jimmy Long

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Justin S. Holcomb

Adjunct Professor of Christian Thought

Dr. Laura Miguélez Quay

Adjunct Professor of Christian Thought and Greek

Dr. Mark A. Jennings

Adjunct Professor of New Testament

Dr. Phillip R. Thorne

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Ronald J. Bouthillette

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Stephen Witmer

Adjunct Professor of New Testament

Dr. Thomas Price

Adjunct Professor of Christian Thought

Dr. Viacheslav V. Lytvynenko

Adjunct Professor of Theology and Christian Thought

Dr. Duffy Robbins

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Eliezer Victor Ramos

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Jana Holiday

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Jason McConnell

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Lindsay McMillan

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Wes Vander Lugt

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Luiz Sayao

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Mary Ho

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Michael Moses

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Claude Alexander

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Nick Gatzke

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Timothy Beougher

Co-Mentor for Outreach & Discipleship Track (DMIN)

Dr. T.K. Chuang

Co-Mentor (DMIN) / Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology (LGM)

Dr. Tom Herrick

Co-Mentor (DMIN)

Dr. Wilmer Estrada Carrasquillo

Adjunct Professor of Practical Theology

Dr. Awilda Gonzalez-Babb

Adjunct Professor of Biblical Studies

Dr. Jenny John

Visiting Professor of Counseling

Dr. Autumn Ridenour

Mockler Associate Professor of Christian Ethics

Dr. William Spencer

Distinguished Adjunct Professor of Theology and the Arts

MACO STAFF

Shiri Messina, MA

Program Administrator of MACO Program
[email protected]
978–646–4187

Office Hours

Monday – Friday 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
(Fridays during the semester: 10:00 am – 6:15 pm)

Alumni Experiences

Gilson Da Silva

“I have been graced with several different opportunities since receiving my degree from the MACO and MDIV programs, much beyond what I had anticipated. I’m currently working as a Chaplain and Grieving Counselor for a Hospice company, serving patients from a variety of backgrounds and cultures, opening doors for me to see them in their homes, surrounded by their families and friends. I also work as a Mental Health Therapist in a Counseling Center, providing individual therapy for children, adolescents and adults, many of whom are non-English speaking, who otherwise would have faced challenges communicating with their counselors. These opportunities only came to fruition because of the education I received through the programs at Gordon-Conwell, allowing me to continue to affirm my calling to help those in need.”

— Rev. Gilson Borges da Silva, MDIV, MACO
MHTherapist at First Orlando Counseling Center
Chaplain at VITAS Healthcare

Requirements

Vocational Requirements

Applicants must have (and articulate) a vocational goal requiring the specialized preparation available in the Master of Arts in Counseling program.

Academic Requirements

Required Degree: Must have completed an undergraduate or prior graduate degree program
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 3.0

It is recommended the applicant have at least 9 semester hours in psychology and/or related disciplines. Life experience will be evaluated on an individual basis and considered as a modification of this academic background requirement.

English Language Requirements (International Students)

Gordon-Conwell requires a TOEFL score of 90 or better (IBT). We also accept IELTS scores of 6.5 or higher, or a Duolingo score of 110. Students who have completed an undergraduate degree through an English-language university may request a TOEFL waiver.

Application Requirements

A Completed Online Application Includes:

  1. Application Form
  2. Two Uploaded Essays
    • A 1-2 page personal statement addressing questions about your vocational goals, church involvement, encouragement from others, reasons for applying to Gordon-Conwell, and an assessment of your own strengths and weaknesses
    • A 1-2 page autobiographical statement
  3. Three Recommendations
  4. Official Transcripts
    • The seminary requires a bachelor’s degree from an institution accredited by a recognized accrediting agency.
    • Official transcripts must be sent directly to Gordon-Conwell, or hand-delivered in a sealed envelope. Copies and opened transcripts are not considered official.
    • Transcripts may be sent by any means your college(s) uses for transmitting official transcripts; official electronic transcripts are accepted.
    • Gordon-Conwell is a partner school of Parchment. If your college uses this service for transmitting electronic transcripts, search for and have the transcripts sent to “Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary.”
    • We do need transcripts from all colleges/universities attended, even if the classes were transferred to another school and are reflected on their transcripts.

Faculty Interview

After meeting general admissions requirements, candidates will interview with two of the Counseling faculty as an assessment of their academic and personal readiness to participate in the program.

Once the file is complete, it is sent to the MACO department. The decision process includes reviewing all completed applications as well as a face-to-face (or video) interview with the applicant and two MACO faculty.

You Can Afford Seminary!

Scholarships and financial assistance are available.