The 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 taken the GRE within the last five years.
MAC Degree Plan (preparation for the LPC 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 665: Cross Cultural Counseling||3 hours|
|COU 674: Group Counseling & Psychotherapy||3 hours|
|COU 690: Professional Orientation||3 hours|
|COU 710: Lifestyle and Career Counseling||3 hours|
|COU 751: Counseling Practicum I||3 hours|
|COU 752: Counseling Practicum II||3 hours|
|Four additional counseling electives||12 hours|