MA in Counseling

Our MAC program will inspire you to create an environment for healing rooted in the truth and power of God’s Word. It also will give you the indepth knowledge and firsthand experience you need to excel as a licensed counselor.
As you immerse yourself in a unique blend of professional and biblical coursework, you’ll gain insights from faculty members who are leading scholars and practicing clinicians. You’ll bond with your classmates in our cohort-style courses. And by the time you complete your internship at our community counseling center or an off-site clinic, you’ll be ready to apply your faith to your practice.


  • Theoretically grounded
  • Clinically equipped
  • Interactively focused
  • Promoting justice

Program description

  • 60-semester credit hours
  • Classes are Tuesdays or Thursdays, 6–10 p.m.
  • Accelerated rate (possible to finish in 2 -3 years)
  • Two start dates a year (August and March)
  • Small, cohort-style classes
  • Knowledgeable professors who are experts in the area of their specialty
  • Internship placement services
  • Clinically focused and academically sound
  • Faith-based integration
  • Approved by the Oregon Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and Therapists, OBLPCT

Read the full program description.

Cost and financial aid

Current pricing can be found on the graduate program financial aid page. Books and other fees are not included in that price.

Course layout

Our cohorts begin in August and March. Classes are Tuesdays or Thursdays, 6–10 p.m.

View the full course layout


We have internship partnerships with the following organizations: 

  • Luke-Dorf
  • Union Gospel Mission Salem
  • Union Gospel Mission- Women and Children
  • North West Family Services
  • Youth Guidance
  • Lutheran Community Services
  • Pivot Point Counseling Center
  • Center Point
  • Salvation Army ARC
  • Montavilla Community Mental Health
  • Columbia Christian School
  • Safe Transitions
  • New Life Christian Counseling
  • Open House Ministries

Read more about our internship opportunities.

MU's Community Counseling Center

Our Community Counseling Center meets two vital needs: training MAC interns and serving local community members with low-cost therapy. Check out the Community Counseling Center page and read the article for more information. 


Students who complete the 61-credit MAC degree program will meet the current education requirements for licensure in Oregon as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The is designed to provide a high-quality training experience in counseling incorporating a strong practical emphasis and an interdisciplinary perspective based on biblical, theological and ethical concerns.


The MAC program is accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities (NWCUU) and has been approved by the State of Oregon as a graduate program approved for licensure. 


After graduation, our alumni are able to begin careers in any of the following:

  • Counseling agencies
  • Private practices
  • Community mental health resources
  • Hospitals
  • Para-church organizations
  • Educational settings
  • Human service agencies 
  • Pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology

Read more about program outcomes.

Applying to the MAC program

To apply, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Be a graduate with a B.S. or B.A. from a regionally accredited college or university
  • Have a cumulative GPA of 3.00
  • Submit the application with all required forms
  • Bible and Theology prerequisites may be completed in the first year of the MAC program.

Electives (CEU's)

Our electives can be taken by the following:

  • Current students who need credits 
  • Professionals who want continuing education credits (CEU's)

Read more about this year's electives, download the schedule and more

Student stories

Frank Ocampo's goal is to open a community center for at-risk youth. This program is preparing him with rigorous classes and hands-on experience to fulfill his dreams.

Diane Moore has her own successful private practice because of the groundwork laid by this program.

Visit us

You can meet the program director, visit classes and mingle with current students when you attend an MAC Information Session. For more details on the program, or to receive an application by mail, contact Admissions at 800-275-4672 or  

Meet the faculty and staff

spring 2016 counseling Courses:


COU520 (01) Legal & Ethical Issues in Counseling Miss Celia Delaney
COU525 (01) Basic Counseling Skills Ms. Raeshawn Chresfield
COU555 (01) Diagnosis & Psychopathology Ms. Raeshawn Chresfield
COU560 (01) Counseling Theory
COU565 (01) Crisis Prevention & Intervention
COU570 (01) Found. of Counseling & Human Diversity Christopher Cleaver
COU570 (01) Found. of Counseling & Human Diversity Ms. Raeshawn Chresfield
COU610 (01) Psychopharmacology, Addictions & Brain Ms. Raeshawn Chresfield
COU620 (01) Advanced Counseling & Supervision Mr. Jim Velez
COU630 (01) Advanced Human Growth & Development Mr. Michael Pasimio
COU640 (01) Group Dynamics and Counseling Christopher Cleaver
COU650 (01) Sexuality, Marriage, Couple & Fam Systms Ms. Lisa Talvitie
COU660 (01) Tests and Appraisal in Counseling Mr. Andrew Lundgren
COU670 (01) Spiritual Integration & Social Concern Mr. Scott Mazdzer
COU680 (01) Lifestyle and Career Development
COU690 (01) MAC Comprehensive Oral Exam Christopher Cleaver
COU690 (01) MAC Comprehensive Oral Exam Ms. Raeshawn Chresfield