Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling is the first program of its kind in North America. Bringing together the rich theological, spiritual and pastoral care traditions of Christianity with the clinical advances of contemporary psychotherapy and counseling, this degree enables a graduate to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) in Texas (and states not requiring CACREP program certification). The MACC and the MA in Christian Psychology (MACP) programs at HBU share 80% of their courses. However, in contrast to the LPA, there additional courses on trauma, substance abuse, ethics, advanced psychopathology, and career counseling.

Along with the MACP, this degree is distinguished by its thorough grounding in a Christian worldview (in contrast to the worldview of naturalism that dominates contemporary psychotherapy and counseling). However, graduates will be trained to practice effectively in both Christian and public mental health settings.

Our 72-hour MACC program includes 12 hours in Christian worldview studies (biblical studies, theology, and philosophy) and 6 hours of spiritual formation training, as well as the courses required for LPC, though they too are informed by Christian content, resulting in a program unique in the field of counseling: Christ-centered, biblically-rooted, and clinically informed.

MACC Degree Plan

Additional Application Requirements

In accordance with best practices in the field of psychology/counseling, applicants who meet the requirements specified by the graduate school will be invited to an in-person interview. These interviews and orientation are typically held about once per month and may take up to four hours depending on the applicant pool. Interview spaces are limited, and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis; therefore, we encourage you to apply early. We remind you that your application must be completed before the deadline.

Top Reasons to Attend HBU’s MACC Program
1. The first Christian counseling program in North America based entirely on a Christian worldview. Therefore, it is Christ-centered, biblically rooted, and clinically informed.
2. Only program in North America that provides “Two Community training,” equipping graduates 1) how to work uniquely with members of the Christian Community using evidence-based, distinctly Christian clinical practices, in a variety of settings (e.g., churches, private practice, Christian counseling centers, Christian mental health facilities, as well as public mental health settings open to it) as well as 2) how to work with members of the entire “Human Community,” using evidence-based clinical practices common to all, with sensitivity, compassion and wisdom, in public mental health settings of all kinds.
3. Emphasis throughout the curriculum on personal growth and transformation in relation to Christ, self, and others.
4. Scholarships are available based on academic promise and financial need.

Example Program Timeline

Year
Fall
Hrs.
Spring
Hrs.
Total
72
Year 1
COUN 5335 - Christian Spiritual Formation
3
COUN 5320 - Theories of Counseling
3
CHRI 5326 - The Bible and Wholeness: Context, Interpretation, and Formation
3
CHRI 5327 - God, Humans, and Salvation
3
COUN 5327 - Christian Psychology and Counseling Theory
3
PHIL 5325 - Philosophy and Worldview Studies for Psychology & Counseling
3
COUN 5316 - Human Growth and Development
3
COUN 5310 - Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling
3
Year 2
COUN 5336 - Christian Spiritual Direction
3
COUN 5321 - Group Counseling and Psychotherapy
3
COUN 6321 - Career Counseling and Lifestyle Development
3
COUN 6310 - Clinical Psychopathology
3
COUN 5318 - Counseling Skills and Techniques
3
COUN 6309 - Assessment and Testing
3
COUN 5328 - Biblical & Theological Foundations for Psychology & Counseling
3
COUN 6343 - Substance Abuse and Addictive Disorder
3
Year 3
COUN 6391 - Counseling Practicum
3
COUN - 6392 -Counseling Internship I
3
COUN 5317 - Multicultural Counseling
3
COUN 6325 - Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment Planning
3
COUN 5311 - Advanced Ethics & Practice Management
3
COUN 6320 - Research Design and Program Evaluation
3
COUN 6322 - Marriage and Family Counseling
3
COUN 6323 - Crisis Response and Trauma Care
3
Subtotal
36
Subtotal
36
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