Master of Arts In Counseling

credits in theology and ministry
years to degree completion
week courses
online program
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Christ-Centered Counseling Skills

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

We have partnered with the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF), a pioneer in biblical counseling who brings 50 years of leadership and experience in the field. Together we've designed a unique curriculum that integrates theology and counseling studies. Engage diverse and experienced students to discuss, learn, and grow.

"My time in the MAC program was one of the most formative and enriching seasons of my life."

At a Glance

At $615 per credit, tuition is one simple, flat, transparent fee
You can begin the program in any of the four yearly terms
Terms begin on Mondays with a common weekly schedule
You'll be able to register at least 2 weeks before the start of every term
Each class requires about 8–10 hours of work per week

Program Design

Year 1

In an online community of peers and professors, you will begin studies across topics including introductions to biblical studies, growth and change in the Christian life, counseling models and process, and more. Courses consist of lectures and readings, regular small-group discussions, and assignments designed to grow you in life and ministry.

Year 2

You will continue learning as you move into advanced topics that apply earlier classes and concepts to more complex issues in theology, ministry, and counseling. Deepen your relationships with your peer community and practice applying the principles of biblical counseling in your local ministry. You will also gain more practical experience in real-world ministry under the guidance of a mentor in your local area.


Dynamics of Biblical Change

Human Personality

Marriage Counseling

Counseling Children & Adolescents

Survey of the Bible

Introduction to Apologetics

Survey of Reformed Theology

Survey of Church History

See the full course list

Schedule Chart

Our courses run in 10-week terms (one 8-week term) with generous and convenient breaks around peak times in the year like holidays, graduations, and more. You can begin studies any term of the year. And we make it easy to take a semester off and start back up again

Who Will benefit from this degree?

The list of ways students have used their MAC degrees is diverse, from professional to informal, but the common thread is that they are bringing practical, biblical wisdom into the lives of those they live and work with every day:

  • Pastors and campus ministers caring for their congregations
  • Nurses and doctors providing both urgent and long-term care
  • High school/K-12 teachers and principals impacting the lives of students
  • Church members looking to be more involved in small groups and church ministry
  • Social workers supporting members of the community in vulnerable circumstances
  • Counselors in the local church and other ministry settings
  • Family members seeking to love their families through difficult seasons
"As I look at the road ahead of me as a counselor, pastor's wife, and mother, I have confidence that I will have what I need because of my time in the MAC."
"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."
MARK DEVER Pastor, Capitol Hill Baptist Church, Washington, D.C.
"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.”
BRITTANY AILLS Residential MAC ‘12 and Church Life Coordinator at Downtown Presbyterian Church in Greenville, SC
"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."
JOHN PIPER Founder and Leader of and Chancellor of Bethlehem College & Seminary
"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."
KEN SANDE Author of The Peacemaker, and President of Relational Wisdom 360
Frequent Questions
Will the MAC prepare me to become a licensed professional counselor?
No, the MAC does not provide the training required by state licensing boards or prepare you for licensure exams. It is designed to improve the counsel you are currently offering in your daily relationships and to equip you for the more formal role of counselor in the context of the local church and other ministry and non-profit settings.
How long does it take to earn an MAC degree?
The degree timing is flexible, but most students finish in 3-5 years