The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) is a professional graduate degree that prepares Christian
counselors to bring concern and care for the whole person through practice in clinical settings.
The program includes skill-based coursework, internship experience, as well as a requirement to
complete your own personal counseling. While the curriculum satisfies Licensed Professional Counselor
(LPC) requirements in the State of Oregon, it is designed to allow graduates the flexibility to
obtain licensure in other states with minimal additional work.
What makes the Western Seminary
M.A. in Counseling unique?
- Unique integration of Christian theology and counseling in a seminary context
- Mentoring accessible from core faculty who are licensed professional counselors with earned
doctorates and over 75 years of combined counseling experience
- Opportunity to complete the National Counselor Exam before graduation - 98% of Western graduates
pass on their first attempt
- An emphasis on “learning while doing”…
- …in a state of the art counselor training center
- …serving clients in the community as early as your second semester in the program
M.A. in Counseling Curriculum
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The M.A. in Counseling may be completed in three years’ time by taking courses offered on Mondays. Students who live at a distance may also complete up to 24 credits of online courses through the Western Seminary Online campus. These scheduling solutions allow students to minimize travel to campus and maintain their family, church and work commitments.
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A foundational knowledge of psychology
completed application for admission and all admissions materials
If an applicant does not meet one of these requirements, we invite them to contact an enrollment
counselor to explore alternative admission options.
“Western Seminary helped me answer some deep questions
of faith as a counselor
who often meets people on their worst day. The combination of sound theology and high standards
in counseling practice were what I was looking for in a counseling program and has
served me well
on the mission field.”