Study from anywhere on a schedule that fits you


Learn in face-to-face community online


Apply your training now in your life and ministry

4 reasons to join classes

Support from a global community of peers: Learn in small groups of diverse, ministry-minded peers from all professions, committed to face-to-face support online
Confidence in a world-class faculty: Study under experienced faculty who together have over 300 years of ministry experience and have published over 250 books
Flexibility in 2-year, 3-year, and 5-year plans: Learn from anywhere at a pace that fits your life, taking one or several classes at a time
Growth in your own life: Experience a curriculum that impacts your own life as much as it will those you help
About the Counseling program

"Nothing compares with Scripture for making sense of the troubles and struggles of life." –Dr. David Powlison

Counseling is a vision for the entire church. Each of us is called to give and receive biblical wisdom and care. It happens in the extraordinary and the ordinary moments alike, the formal and the informal, of everyday life together.

Our Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) is now online, offering to everyone a ministry-minded, global community that combines academic studies and practical training to equip you to better help those in need—whatever your calling.

Westminster Theological Seminary has partnered with Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF) for a unique curriculum encompassing classes in ministry and theology. Engage diverse students who include pastors, missionaries, youth workers, lay leaders, business people, parents, doctors, and more to discuss, learn, and grow. Join faculty online as they discuss student questions. Watch weekly lectures at your own pace. Take one or several classes at a time.

While classes begin in September 2017, students can get a head-start on many courses now. Contact our team about details.

Program details:

  • About 20 total courses equalling around 60 credit hours of study
  • Tuition is $540 per credit hour
  • While there are no current scholarships available, many students find valuable support from their ministries, jobs, or private education loans. Talk to our team of more info.
  • Students may take discounted courses from CCEF before September 2017 to save additional costs and then transfer them into the degree program. Contact us for more details
  • Classes are 10-weeks in length. Semesters begin around September, January, March, and June.
  • Program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, and is overseen by the Pennsylvania Department of Education.

Application Details

We’re really excited about the 2,000+ people worldwide who have shown early interest in our new, online Master of Arts in Counseling degree. We will offer two rounds of application decisions. The Round 1 application cycle has closed and we are currently accepting applications for Round 2.

The deadline to apply for Round 2 will be June 15, 2017, and decisions will be announced July 15, 2017.

We encourage you to set some time aside to focus on this process and give us your best application. Reflect on your goals and values. Clarity about these will help you give us a great application. Pray. Seek counsel. We look forward to meeting you.

If you have any further questions, feel free to contact our team.


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What Students Are Saying

Brittany Aills, MAC '12

Church Life Coordinator at Downtown Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC

"I love the ministry of CCEF and feel deeply indebted to it. The courses I took during my time in seminary have profoundly shaped my view of self, God, and others."

Ben Baker, MAC '16

Director of Strategic Initiatives and Communications at Bay Presbyterian Church in Cleveland, OH

“My time in the MAC program was one of the most formative and enriching seasons of my life. Westminster’s rich theological education paired with CCEF’s practical and biblical approach provided me with a robust education. It deepened my love for Christ and the gospel, as well as for those we have the privilege to serve in whatever circumstance we find ourselves in.”

Beth Phifer, MAC '15

Resident Director at Houghton College in Houghton, NY

“The MAC program deepened my understanding of Scripture as a story that grows in richness and complexity as God reveals his plan to redeem his people through Jesus. Before studying at Westminster, I read Scripture as if it was mainly about me and how it applied to my life. Now I see the centrality of Christ through the whole unfolding narrative."

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What Leaders Are Saying

John Piper

Founder and teacher of and chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary.

"The vision of the centrality of God, the sufficiency of Scripture, and the necessity of sweet spiritual communion with the crucified and living Christ—these impulses that lie behind the CCEF ministries make it easy to commend them to everyone who loves the Church."

Timothy Keller

Pastor, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York, NY

"I think Westminster and their emphasis on biblical theology and the emphasis on philosophical apologetics stand out, and most schools don’t go that deep.”

Philip Graham Ryken

President, Wheaton College

"Studying biblical theology at Westminster Theological Seminary was a life-shaping experience for me. The professors there helped me see the deep structure of Scripture, in which every passage in each testament communicates the gospel of Jesus Christ. This has brought joy to my Christian experience and spiritual vitality to my ministry."

Nancy Guthrie

Author, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament series

"A depth of riches. That’s what Westminster is as an institution."

Mark Dever

Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.

"CCEF publications stand out among materials seeking to help the Christian live a life pleasing to God. We find ourselves daily recommending and using their books, journal articles, and pamphlets."

Ken Sande

Author of The Peacemaker, and President of Relational Wisdom 360

"CCEF's teaching provides the best training I know of for applying the Word of God and the gospel of Jesus Christ to the tough problems of real life."

Albert Mohler

President of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

"Westminster Theological Seminary is a deservedly famous school that has been a stalwart and a stand for biblical authority and for the faith once delivered to all the saints now for generations.”

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I transfer my CCEF courses toward the online MAC?

Yes, as a new applicant to the online MAC program you may transfer your courses completed at CCEF before September 2017 toward your degree. Contact WTS for more details.

Can I switch between part-time and full-time schedules as I go?

Yes, you may take any number of courses you prefer depending on your schedule. But note, this may affect your ability to complete a particular track on time (for example, a 2-year or 5-year track). Please plan ahead for any changes you wish to make to your schedule to be sure they fit your goals and timeline.

Are there federal loans available to help me fund my degree?

Yes, Westminster provides access for US students to affordable, federal loans. You are required to take around 2 or more courses a term (depending on your actual schedule) in order to qualify. Please contact us to discuss your goals and we can provide more specific details on the funding you can receive.

Can my MAC degree classes also count toward receiving the CCEF certificates?

Yes, your classes can count toward receiving both. Contact us about more details.

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