Master of Arts in Christian Counseling
HBU Online Learning Program
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 (LPC) in the state of Texas. Students complete a practicum, consisting of a minimum of 700 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 an LPC, graduates also need to pass the National Counselor Exam, Texas Jurisprudence Exam, and complete a 3,000-hour internship under the supervision of an LPC-S.
View the Degree Completion Plan.
Official Transcripts – Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted. Must have cumulative undergraduate GPA of at least 2.5 or 3.0 in the last 60 hours. **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts. Any post-baccalaureate or graduate level transcripts will also be required.
Candidates must demonstrate entry-level readiness for this program in one of the following ways:
- Candidates have graduated with a baccalaureate degree with a major in psychology in the last seven years from a regionally accredited college or university. Coursework should include the following: Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Statistics and Introduction to Biblical Texts OR Christian Theology and Tradition with a grade of B or better.
- Candidates have graduated with a baccalaureate degree with another major, but have taken undergraduate Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Introduction to Statistics and CHRI 5300 Introduction to Biblical Texts and Doctrines in the last seven years and passed with a grade of B or better. These courses may have been taken as part of the bachelor’s degree, or may have been taken separately (e.g., at a community college.)
- Candidates may be accepted into the program and then take PSYC 5300 (General Psychology), PSYC 5301 (Introduction to Statistics), PSYC 5302 (Abnormal Psychology) and CHRI 5300 (Introduction to Biblical Texts and Doctrines) before beginning their graduate coursework.
Two (2) Recommendation Forms – Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to The Online Graduate School via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source. One of the recommendation forms must be a pastoral recommendation. Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted. Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid. Applicants waive their right to view completed recommendation forms upon asking a reference to complete the form.
Résumé /CV – Email a current resumé or CV to The Online Graduate School at email@example.com.
GRE Required – Take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). All portions are considered, including verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282. Submitted test scores may not be more than five (5) years old. **You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.
Interview – An admission interview is required.
Houston Baptist University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate, baccalaureate, graduate and doctoral degrees.