The MAC program intentionally recruits students who are representative of a multicultural and diverse society. An admission specialist is assigned at each learning site where the MAC program is offered to provide information and assist prospective applicants in the admissions process.
Applicants from a number of undergraduate disciplines may apply to this program, though a degree in counseling or psychology may be the best preparation for the program. Candidates should understand that the MAC program is taught from a Christian perspective.
General Admission Requirements
(See also the general admissions portion of the Graduate Catalog)
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university;
- A cumulative 3.0 GPA for the bachelor’s degree;
- An official transcript from all previous institutions attended;
- At least two recommendations from professional/academic sources using the provided recommendation forms;
- A completed application; and
- Current application fee.
Additional MAC Program Requirements:
- All applicants must pass an interview with the Director of the MAC Program and/or designees;
- All applicants must demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills indicating the ability to write at a graduate level.
All applicants must complete the Misdemeanor and Felony Disclosure Form
Applicants must submit a one to two page Statement of Purpose detailing the reasons for pursuing this counseling degree, being sure to address relevant career goals. This statement should reflect the track to which the individual is applying. School counseling applicants should also address any relevant experience with school-aged youth, not limited to a school setting (i.e. Scouts, 4-H, youth group). This Statement of Purpose should accompany the application packet.
A resume or vita outlining volunteer/professional work-related experiences pertinent to the counseling field is recommended for the admission process.
Misdemeanor and Felony Disclosure
All individuals applying to Spring Arbor University for the Master of Arts in Counseling must answer questions regarding past or pending misdemeanors or felonies that occurred as an adult or juvenile. Falsification of this information can be considered fraud and is possible grounds for denial of admission to Spring Arbor University, or grounds for revoking prior admission to Spring Arbor University.
Misdemeanor and/or felony conviction could impact approval to begin a clinical experience or acceptance at an internship site. Misdemeanor/and or felony conviction could also result in denial of licensure (Limited Licensed Professional Counselor) by the State of Michigan Board of Counseling and/or the Michigan Department of Education (Licensed School Counselor).
All MAC students are required to complete a background check as part of the application process to begin the clinical experience. Please refer to the general background check policy located in the front portion of the Graduate Catalog.