Houston Graduate School of Theology

Master of Arts in Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) is a professional degree that integrates the most current trends in counseling theory with study of Christian faith and practice, thereby enabling students to integrate the principles of biblically based spirituality with counseling practice for leadership with the client, within the community, and to the church. The degree requires 68 credit hours.

The MAC is designed to provide students with a Christian-based, educational opportunity that will prepare students for licensure through the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors, to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and/or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT). Students should refer to the respective board for complete information on how to achieve counseling licensure in the State of Texas. Several degree plans are available, depending on student career plans.

The MAC for LPC Preparation

MAC Theological Requirements – 6 credit hours

MAC Required Courses – 48 credit hours

  • Counseling Research and Statistics

  • Professional Orientation

  • Human Growth and Development

  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

  • Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling

  • Counseling Skills and Techniques

  • Psychopathology

  • Addictive Behavior and Treatment

  • Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation

  • Marriage and Family Dynamics

  • Counseling Diverse Populations

  • Group Process and Practice

  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling

  • Lifestyle and Career Counseling

  • Counseling Practicum

  • Counseling Internship

Counseling Electives – 12 credit hours

Integrated Capstone – 2 credit hours

Total MAC degree program – 68 credit hours


The MAC for LPC with LMFT (or LMFT only) Preparation

MAC Theological Requirements – 6 credit hours

MAC Required Courses – 54 credit hours

  • Counseling Research and Statistics

  • Professional Orientation

  • Human Growth and Development

  • Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy

  • Appraisal and Assessment in Counseling

  • Counseling Skills and Techniques

  • Psychopathology

  • Addictive Behavior and Treatment

  • Prevention, Intervention, and Consultation

  • Marriage and Family Dynamics

  • Counseling Diverse Populations

  • Marriage and Family Therapy

  • Group Process and Practice

  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling

  • Lifestyle and Career Counseling

  • Counseling Practicum

  • Counseling Internship (I and II)

Counseling Electives – 6 credit hours

Integrated Capstone – 2 credit hours

Total MAC degree program – 68 credit hours