MAC Overview


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.

Professor Dr. Jerry Terrill.



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
Counseling Electives
Four additional counseling electives 12 hours
Total: 62 Hours
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