The Master of Arts in Counseling program (MAC) is a professional graduate degree that prepares Christian counselors to bring concern and care for the whole person. It prepares you to excel in Christian counseling, as well as in church, private practice, agency, clinical, or school settings. As with most counseling degrees, this program offers skill-based coursework, internship experience, as well as a requirement to complete your own personal counseling. Since this program is offered at a seminary, it also involves biblical and theological studies for the sake of connecting a Christian worldview and compassion to the counseling profession. While the curriculum satisfies Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) requirements set forth by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, its design allows graduates flexibility to obtain licensure in other states with minimal additional work.
Find median pay rates and employability outlook for counselors at the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
EARN A DEGREE
...In as few as three years
24 credits available via online courses,
What Sets Our Counseling Training Apart?
- Unique integration of Christian theology and therapy in a seminary context
- Mentoring 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 on the seminary campus
- …serving clients as early as your second semester in the program
- …a requirement to complete 700 hours of clinical experience
The M.A. in Counseling may be completed in three years’ time by taking courses offered on Mondays at Western Seminary Portland campus in Portland, Oregon. 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.
Counseling Education That Keeps Debt Down
Work as a counselor can have limited financial reward. That's why we encourage wise financial stewardship as you pay for school. In fact, the average Western Seminary counseling student graduates with an suprisingly low average of only $13,567 in loan debt to repay. It might surprise you to learn that only about 19% of our students utilize loans, choosing instead to paying out of pocket, with scholarships, or via a monthly payment plan. Look into your options for financial aid.
- A Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited undergraduate institution
- A cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.0 or higher
- A foundational knowledge of psychology
- A 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 M.A. in Counseling admission options.