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Purpose of the MAC program
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Written by Jessica Halpin
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The Masters of Arts in Counseling degree offers immense opportunity. Students may choose an emphasis and path that matches their desires for a graduate program.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) Degree Program 

The Master of Arts in Counseling is a degree program designed to give a rich foundation in theology and counseling. It is done in collaboration with the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), a pioneer in biblical counseling who brings 50 years of leadership and experience in the field. 

Our program combines academic studies and practical training to equip you to better help those in need—whatever your calling.  Graduates provide Christ-centered care as informal or professional counselors.

It is not intended to prepare students either for ordination or licensure, but to prepare men and women for ministry within the body of Christ, whether in lay vocational ministry or as supplements to their work and personal lives.

Westminster graduates have established themselves successfully in a wide range of occupations that do not require professional licensure. With a Westminster counseling degree, graduates have pursued occupations in various fields, such as:

  • Campus ministry

  • Adoption agencies

  • Missions

  • Church staff

  • Counseling centers

  • Youth work

  • Human services

  • Educational institutions

Numerous Westminster graduates have also used their counseling training to enhance prior medical or nursing training for service in various missions and ministries.

Building on a basic foundation in the disciplines of biblical studies, theology, church history, and apologetics, this program provides comprehensive instruction and active involvement in the specific area of biblical counseling.

A student who holds a Baccalaureate degree from an approved institution receives the degree of Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) upon the completion of the prescribed program of study. 

The program requires at least 2 years of full-time study in order to qualify for completion.

MAC Student Learning Goals

Upon graduation, the student will:

  1. Exhibit a deep love for the triune God, His word, His truth, and His church; and a Christ-like humility in relation to others.

  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge of Scripture, Reformed theology, biblical theology, church history and apologetics. 

  3. Demonstrate understanding of the broad context of counseling and apply God’s eternal word to a changing world in a counseling context.

  4. Demonstrate skill in the practice of biblical counseling.

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