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Master of Arts in Counseling (M.A.)

Become a culturally responsive counselor as you integrate Christian faith and sound principles to develop the knowledge and skills you need to become confident and compassionate as a counseling professional.

Counseling with a purpose.

Students in the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program experience a blend of high-quality clinical experience and training in a holistic Christian atmosphere. With a commitment to excellence in community service and a focus on promoting respect for the diversity of each person, the program produces professional counselors who are prepared to work in a variety of settings, both secular and religious.

The MAC program is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

One Program. Two Concentrations.

To gain a broader range of experiences, students may elect to complete an internship in both a school and a clinical mental health setting. Both internships must be 600 hours in length to meet CACREP accreditation standards. This will lengthen the student’s program by up to a year and will add 6 additional credit hours to the total number of credit hours earned.

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Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Within the state of Michigan, a license is required to work in any facility as a professional counselor. Counseling in a K-12 school requires a school counseling license from the Michigan Department of Education. This track is designed to help students with preparation for Michigan licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). LPCs may be employed in mental health settings, churches, clinics, other agencies, and/or a private practice setting.

Students in the Adult and Professional Program at Desk

School Counseling

The school counseling track is designed to assist students with preparation for becoming a K-12 licensed or endorsed school counselor in Michigan. The school counseling track is also intended to assist students with preparation for Michigan licensure as an LPC.

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The master’s in counseling is offered at several extension sites across Michigan.

On-Site Programs

  • 9/1/20
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  • Spring 2020
  • 3/31/20

The MAC program prepares students for clinical practice in community agencies, private practice, hospitals, schools, universities, hospice facilities and other human service settings, both non-profit and for-profit.

Key Courses

Master of Arts in Counseling (Clinical Mental Health Track)

  • CNS 603 Introduction to Counseling: The Counselor and Diversity (3)
  • CNS 611 Legal Issues and Ethics in Counseling (3)
  • CNS 664 Career Counseling (3)
  • CNS 614 Crisis Intervention (3)
  • CNS 613 Social and Cultural Diversity (3)
  • CNS 606 Advanced Clinical Psychopathology and Abnormal Behavior (3)

Master of Arts in Counseling (School Counseling Track)

  • CNS 673 Development and Admin. of School Counseling Programs (3)
  • CNS 683 Mental Health within the Schools (3)

Faculty

Terry Darling, Dean, School of Social Sciences & Professor of Psychology

Tezonia R. Morgan, Director, MAC Program & Associate Professor of Counseling

J. Frederick Bland, Assistant Professor of Counseling

Katie Gamby

Janet Glaes, Professor of Counseling

Pamela Jordan

Victor L. Kennerly, Associate Professor of Counseling

Saudia Twine, Assistant Professor of Counseling

MAC Admissions Requirements

In addition to meeting the general requirements for graduate admissions and submitting the online application, applicants to the master’s in counseling program have the following additional requirements:

  • A successful interview with the Chair of the MAC program and/or designees, which includes the completion of a personality inventory
  • Successful completion of an on-site writing assessment, demonstrating proficient computer, reading and writing skills
  • Submitted a Statement of Purpose Essay (1-2 pages) detailing reasons for pursuing this counseling degree, relevant career goals, and the track to which the individual is applying. School counseling track applicants should include relevant experience with school-aged youth, i.e., scouts, 4-H, youth group and/or other
  • A criminal background check and completed Misdemeanor and Felony Disclosure Form

MAC Diversity Statement

The counseling department at Spring Arbor University is strongly committed to diversity and genuinely encourages applicants from members of historically underrepresented groups of all God’s peoples, and all who will assist us with achieving and maintaining our mission of a diverse and inclusive academic community. While the MAC program is not a biblical or Christian counseling program, the curriculum is taught from a Christian perspective.

Application Deadline

All applications completed before July 1 will be guaranteed review by the admissions committee; those received afterward will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Graduate Tuition & Financial Aid

Spring Arbor University offers its graduate programs at competitive rates. Rates and fees differ for each program and are subject to change. View current tuition rates and fees for the MAC program on our Graduate Tuition & Aid page. You can also learn more about applying to the MAC program and obtaining financial aid on our Graduate Admissions & Aid page.