The Master of Arts in Counseling Online program strives to create a Christ-centered community where students can excel as professional clinicians. To achieve this, we infuse the following core values throughout the program: Spiritual integration (S), Healing presence (H), Advocacy and diversity (A), Professional identity (P), Educational excellence (E). Students in this program will have the option to add an addiction’s emphasis to their degree. Most of this program is online, with live classes on Zoom Tuesday evenings. Students will also attend an in-person intensive class for one long weekend each spring semester (i.e., 3 times during the program). Thus, they will get the best of both online and in-person education.

Ways to study

Graduate | Online | On Campus

Course plan


Application deadlines

Example Courses

The courses listed below are some of our featured core classes that will be a part of your educational journey here at MU. Take a look at each course for a small preview.

Investigates the integration of psychology and theology, examining a number of theories for integration and discussing the pros and cons of each. Emphasis is also placed on how integration plays out both clinically (I.E., in the room with clients) and personally (i.e., in the life of the therapist).

Discusses practical counseling skills for clients, overviewing a broad range of techniques and interventions for a variety of mental health issues. Emphasizes the practice of such skills. It also reviews various paperwork and other practice management issues in clinical mental health counseling. Lastly, discusses various crisis situations and how to respond.

A survey of theories of counseling from a historical-chronological perspective. Specific orientations include family systems, Adlerian, humanistic-existential, person-centered, psychoanalytic, a variety of cognitive-behavioral approaches to counseling, as well as various Christian models of therapy. As students are exposed to these models, they are encouraged to incorporate and integrate their biblical understanding, their faith, and their values about the human change process, with these theories in order to begin to develop their own theoretical orientation to counseling.

Reviews the impact of crisis and trauma on individuals from a biopsychosocial perspective. This course includes an overview of evidence-based treatment models for trauma, focusing on understanding models and implementing basic tools and treatment planning.

Degree Requirements

Here you will find everything you need to know about what is required to successfully complete your degree.

Course Layout

Career Placement

When you graduate from this program, you will be on your way to working as a licensed professional counselor, ready to engage in the working world. With your Master of Arts in Counseling, you will be equipped for a variety of roles or ready to complete certifications for roles, including:

• Addictions Counselor • School Counselor • Human Services Educator
• Higher Education Counselor • Student Affairs Administrator • Licensed Professional Counselor
• Licensed Mental Health Counselor • Director of Human Services • Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor

Counseling Internships Program

Get the practical experience you need. Learn about the MAC practicum and internship opportunities and requirements.

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Continuing Education

Looking to further your education and build upon your abilities as a current or future counselor? We offer elective courses to help you do just that. Discover more about this opportunity here.

MAC Continuing Education Opportunities

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Licensure Information

Multnomah’s MA Counseling is built in alignment with Oregon’s requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs). It also meets state requirements for Washington licensed mental health counselors and many other state equivalents. Please refer to the chart to the left to get information on your desired state(s), and contact for clarification or more info.

State Licensure Matrix

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