Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC) program is designed to provide graduate coursework to those seeking to integrate their Christian faith with sound clinical practice in counseling. The program emphasizes the development of research supported counseling skills while encouraging students to reflect on their personal values, and to grow in faith and maturity. The MACC program prepares students to work in churches, church-related institutions, Christian counseling clinics and in secular counseling facilities.

The coursework provided meets the academic requirements for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Texas. Students complete a practicum, consisting of a minimum of 450 clock hours in a University-approved counseling setting under the supervision of a licensed psychologist or licensed professional counselor-supervisor (LPC-S), as part of the degree plan. Before becoming a LPC, graduates also need to pass the National Counselor Exam, Texas Jurisprudence Exam, and complete a 3000 hour internship under the supervision of an LPC-S.


Course Syllabi

PSYC 5310 Ethical and Professional issues in Psychology  3
PSYC 5312 Psychology Perspectives on Marriage, the Family, and Children  3
PSYC 5314 Methods and Techniques in Christian Counseling  3
PSYC 5315 Christian Integration Seminar I  3
PSYC 5323 Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy  3
PSYC 6301 Principles of Human Development  3
PSYC 6302 Measurement and Appraisal  3
PSYC 6306 Career Information and Career Counseling  3
PSYC 6308 Methods of Group Process  3
PSYC 6310 Clinical Psychopathology  3
PSYC 6311 Addictions and Compulsive Disorders  3
PSYC 6315 Christian Integration Seminar II  3
PSYC 6320 Research Techniques and Procedures  3
PSYC 6191 Practicum Counseling  3
  9 hours of PSYC electives  9
Total   49



Requirements

This degree program is 49 hours of graduate coursework. Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0, complete all courses with a grade of "C" or higher, be admitted to candidacy, and satisfactorily complete an oral comprehensive examination.
 
*Additional Application Requirements*
In accordance with best practices in the field of psychology/counseling, applicants who meet the requirements specified by the graduate school will be invited to an in-person interview. These interviews are typically held about once per month and may take up to 4 hours depending on the applicant pool. Interview spaces are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis; therefore, we encourage you to apply early.

Advantages and Opportunities

The MACC program prepares students to work in churches, church-related institutions, Christian counseling clinics and in secular counseling facilities.


Top Ten Reasons to Attend HBU’s MACC Program

  1. 100% pass rate on National Counselor’s Exam. 
  2. Only regionally accredited institution offering CC degree in the area.
  3. Dedicated full time faculty who actually believe in the open door policy. 
  4. Wide range of adjunct faculty whose day-jobs are practicing in the fields our students want to join – instant networking and real-life experiences to share. 
  5. Room to tailor your experience through electives – focus on religion, research, etc. 
  6. Practicum sites across the city and across the spectrum of possible careers (e.g., churches, private practices, hospitals, prisons, community mental health, counseling centers). Or create your own!
  7. Small classes – 5-25 students, almost exclusively in the evenings to accommodate full-time workers.
  8. Coursework prepares students to work in exclusively Christian settings, exclusively secular settings, and everywhere in between. 
  9. You’re never just a number – every student is individually advised and individually valued!
  10. A place where faith, values, and psychology come together in conversation, classroom, and practical experiences.


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