MAC with LMFT Overview

Counseling at HGSTThe Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) is a professional degree that provides the academic preparation required for taking the Texas Licensure Exam for either Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). In addition, it integrates the most current trends in counseling theory with study of Christian faith and practice. The degree consists of 62 credit hours. To prepare for both exams requires the completion of 65 credit hours.

Each degree requires 12 credit hours in biblical and theological studies, a 2-hour integrative seminar, and 48 hours of counseling courses, including at least six credit hours of supervised practicum experience.


Students must have graduated with a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university and with at least a 2.5 GPA. Applicants must have scored at least 800 on the GRE.

MAC Degree Plan (Preparation for the LMFT Exam)

Biblical & Theological Studies
Two four-hour courses (OT 501, NT 501, or TH 501) 8 hours
CS 501 4 hours
COU 799: Advanced Seminar 2 hours
Required Counseling Courses
COU 500: Counseling Research and Statistics 3 hours
COU 522: Normal Human Growth and Development 3 hours
COU 530: Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 3 hours
COU 540: Intake and Assessment 3 hours
COU 600: Individual Counseling 3 hours
COU 611: Psychopathology 3 hours
COU 663: Marriage and Family Dynamics 3 hours
COU 665: Cross Cultural Counseling 3 hours
COU 673: Marriage and Family Therapy 3 hours
COU 690: Professional Orientation 3 hours
COU 751: Counseling Practicum I OR 3 hours
COU 753: Marriage & Family Counseling Practicum I
COU 752: Counseling Practicum II OR 3 hours
COU 754: Marriage & Family Counseling Practicum II
COU 755: Marriage & Family Counseling Practicum III 3 hours
Counseling Electives
Three counseling electives 9 hours
Total: 62 Hours