Are you a Christian called to professional counseling?
Almost every Christian who aspires to serve through professional counseling has felt the tension between the desire to practice across a diversity of professional settings while remaining committed to the sufficiency of Scripture.
- How does Scripture lead me to use research in human development and behavior coming from the fields of counseling and beyond?
- In what ways can I as a professional counselor utilize the insights of research without compromising Christian convictions?
- Can I be taken seriously as a Christian within the world of professional counseling or as a professional counselor in the context of church ministries?
We believe all truth is God's truth.
We recognize the importance of integrating the study of God and the study of those who bear his image. Theology focuses on God’s revelation about himself and his world, primarily through the Scriptures; counseling focuses on the human mind, heart, experience and healing change.
Graduates who passed National Board Examinations for Professional Counselors.
Job placement rate for MAC graduates in 2017-2018.
Clients served by MAC students in 2017-2018.
Hours of actual face-to-face clinical training hours for MAC students in 2017-18.
Through the Master of Arts in Counseling Program, Students Will:
- Prepare for state and national licensure examinations required for entry into professional counseling
- Experience personalized training by working with highly qualified faculty while learning in a cohort setting
- Interact with the latest in counseling research
- Receive biblical training from our theological faculty that provides a foundation from which to practice as a Christian counselor
- Possess the competence to move in both church and clinical settings
Learn About the RTS MAC Program
How to Apply
Apply to the
Complete the online application for admission and provide transcripts for all previous post-secondary academic work to your campus of interest.
Engage in a
Comprehensive Interview Process
The admissions office will contact qualifying applicants to schedule an interview and assessment with the MAC faculty and staff.
Transition to Campus to
Once you have been admitted, your admissions counselor will assist you with applying for financial aid, registering for classes, and locating housing options.
Yes! RTS offers numerous opportunities for financial aid for MAC students. Please visit our financial aid page for details.
RTS holds dual accreditation through the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). In addition, Reformed Theological Seminary has designed its MAC program to meet the standards of The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) and has entered into the multi-year CACREP accreditation process.
The MAC program meets the academic and clinical requirements outlined by both the Mississippi Board of Licensed Professional Counselors and the Florida Board of Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counselors. It also meets requirements for most other professional licensure boards. Your admissions counselor can provide further guidance regarding your state’s licensure requirements.
The MAC program is a 78-credit program that is designed to be completed in two years of full-time study. Due to the program’s cohort model, all incoming students begin in the summer term and graduate two years later in May.
Yes, students can work part-time while in the program. Because of the program’s academic rigor and time commitments in practicum and internship, we recommend students limit employment to 10-20 hours per week. Working full-time is not advisable.
In the spring semester of their first year, all students begin serving clients in our on-site clinic under the supervision of licensed counselors. By the time they graduate, students gain at least 1,000 hours of supervised practicum and internship experience.
Students in the MAC program can complete a dual degree program with an additional Master of Arts degree in either Biblical Studies or Biblical Theology or the Master of Divinity degree.
Our graduates are employed as licensed counselors in a variety of professional contexts, including private practice, various church and ministry settings, and state agencies. A number of our graduates have also successfully pursued doctoral studies.