Step 1 – Apply

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program begins in the summer and requires full-time study. The application process opens 1 year prior to the cohort start date.  Application is made online. Applicants are required to:

  • provide contact and demographic information
  • respond to a series of questions
  • upload a recent photo
  • list pastoral, academic, and general references
  • pay a $75 application fee


Jackson Campus

Application Deadline for Fall Interview Weekend:  October 1, 2024

Fall Interview Weekend:  November 8-9, 2024

If seats are available after the Fall Interview Weekend, a second Interview Weekend may be scheduled.


Orlando Campus

Closed to new admissions. 


Step 2 – Submit Supporting Documents


Although digital reference forms are sent automatically to the individuals listed in the application, it is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure the forms are completed.

Academic Transcripts

Applicants must request an official transcript be sent from each college or university where they have completed 6 or more semester hours (even if posted on subsequent transcripts). Transcripts should be sent directly to the appropriate RTS Admissions Office. Applicants in their final year of undergraduate studies, may submit unofficial transcripts for the purpose of application review. However, if admission is granted, this status will be pending receipt of official, final transcripts.

Background Check

MAC applicants must complete an online background check.


Step 3 – Interview and Complete a Psychological Test

Applicants are required to participate in an interview process with representatives of the MAC program, and take a psychological test. Once your application and supporting documents have been received, an RTS representative will contact you to provide you information about the logistics of this process.


Step 4 – Pay Confirmation Deposit

All applicants approved for admission will receive notification by postal mail. Upon receipt of a letter of acceptance, a non-refundable tuition deposit of $200 must be paid to secure your spot in the cohort. This deposit will be applied toward your first term’s tuition. To pay online, click here to log in to your application portal. Click on your completed application, and the “Deposit Now” button will direct you to a payment page.


Step 5 – Apply for Financial Aid

Following your receipt of a letter of acceptance, you may submit an Application for Financial Aid. To learn more about types of financial aid and how to apply, click here.


Step 6 – Register for Classes

Step-by-step enrollment instructions are sent upon receipt of your confirmation deposit. Registration for the summer term opens April 1. To register online, click here.