MAC

Master of Arts in Counseling

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The online Master of Arts in Counseling prepares you to help others through a theologically cohesive, relationally rich, and Christ-centered understanding of the human experience.

Courses are offered in partnership with the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), an organization with more than 50 years of biblical counseling and teaching experience.
Westminster’s biblical counseling training will prepare you to:

Develop a Christ-centered understanding of people, problems, and change.

Counsel with insight conformed to the authority of Scripture, not culture.

Walk alongside others recognizing our complex identity as saints, sufferers, and sinners.

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Credit Hours

60

Years To Complete

3–5

Delivery Platforms

on-campus only
online only
Both On-campus & Online

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“As I look at the road ahead of me as a counselor, pastor’s wife, and mother, I have confidence that I will have what I need because of my time in the MAC.”

Ellie McNeal, MAC ’13
biblical training
The Master of Arts in Counseling program combines comprehensive study of theology and counseling practices with practical experience under the guidance of experienced professionals.
Our curriculum is crafted to be cumulatively sequential and thoroughly biblical.

Each discipline derives its content and methodology from Scripture and therefore necessarily draws on—and informs—all other disciplines.

Core Courses
51 credits
  • AP 101: Introduction to Apologetics

  • BT 101: Bible Survey

  • BT 173: Principles of Biblical Interpretation

  • CH 141 OR 151: History of Christianity I OR History of Christianity II

  • NT 143: New Testament Theology for Application

  • OT 141: Old Testament Theology for Application

  • ST 611: Union with Christ

  • PTC 151: Dynamics of Biblical Change

  • PTC 178: Helping Relationships

  • PTC 221: Counseling and Physiology

  • PTC 243: Theology and Secular Psychology

  • PTC 251: Marriage Counseling

  • PTC 261: Human Personality

  • PTC 303: Counseling Problems and Procedures

  • PTC 358: Counseling Children and Adolescents

  • PTC 372a: Counseling Observation A

  • PTC 523: Counseling in the Local Church

Electives
9 credits

Choose one theology elective course and two counseling elective courses.

Students have the opportunity to connect the riches of Westminster’s distinct curriculum with practical experience outside the classroom. Students must secure a practicum location and mentor to complete 100 hours of counseling experience before their final term.
Our theology and biblical studies courses are taught by Westminster faculty with Christian counseling courses taught by CCEF faculty.

Lecturing Faculty

William Edgar
Apologetics
Nate Shannon
Apologetics
Cecelia Bernhardt
CCEF
Mike Emlet
CCEF
Michael Gembola
CCEF
Alasdair Groves
CCEF
Julie Lowe
CCEF
Aaron Sironi
CCEF
Darby Strickland
CCEF
Ed Welch
CCEF
Chad Van Dixhoorn
Church History
Brandon Crowe
New Testament
Iain Duguid
Old Testament
Jonathan Gibson
Old Testament
Vern Poythress
Systematic Theology

Instructors

Nathaniel Sutanto
Apologetics
Laura Andrews
CCEF
Kristin Silva
CCEF
Todd Stryd
CCEF
Jacklyn Tubel
CCEF
Eamon Wilson
CCEF
Jason Pickard
Church History
Ben Dunson
New Testament
Thomas Keene
New Testament
Peter Moore
New Testament
Stephen Fix
Old Testament
Stephen Lewis
Old Testament
Jeffrey Stivason
Systematic Theology
GET A TASTE OF OUR ONLINE COURSES

Our online courses leverage innovative technology and high-quality production to deliver excellent content in engaging formats.

The Master of Arts in Counseling will prepare you to serve in a wide range of contexts.

MAC STUDENTS & ALUMNI SERVE IN:

Church lay ministry

Counseling centers

Medical professions

Pastoral care

Community social work

K–12 education

AVAILABLE 100% ONLINE

To better equip the global church, Westminster offers the Master of Arts in Counseling fully online.

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THE ONLINE EXPERIENCE:

A better way to learn online, for when you need to stay.

Greater flexibility that fits your life.

Engaging and innovative classroom environment.

Easy-to-use technology connects you to a global community.

Immediate application in life and ministry.

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THE ON-CAMPUS EXPERIENCE:

Deep community and discipleship through shared daily life.

Programs intentionally crafted for ministry preparation and deep academic study.

Unparalleled access to expert faculty who are invested in your life and ministry.

Life-on-life fellowship in a diverse and like-minded community.

Communal rhythms of prayer and worship woven into all areas of campus life.

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FLEXIBLE PROGRAMS THAT FIT YOUR LIFE

Our online programs are designed to fit your schedule. Complete courses at your own pace and start your degree during any of our five entrance terms.

Jan

January Term 2022

9 weeks    |   January 3–March 5

Mar

March Term 2022

10 weeks    |   March 7–May 14

June

June Term 2021

10 weeks    |   June 28–September 4

Sept

September* Term 2021

10 weeks    |   September 6–November 13

Oct

October Term 2021

10 weeks    |   October 4–December 11

*Note: CCEF courses are not available during the September term.

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Theological Studies Certificates

Not ready to commit to a full degree? Westminster now offers three distinct certificate options, with each certificate comprising three of our graduate-level courses from the MATS program.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Will the MAC prepare me to become a licensed professional counselor?

No, the MAC does not provide the training required by state licensing boards or prepare you for licensure exams. It is designed to improve the counsel you are currently offering in your daily relationships and to equip you for the more formal role of counselor in the context of the local church and other ministry and non-profit settings.

How long does it take to earn an MAC degree?

The degree timing is flexible, but most students finish in 3-5 years

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