The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) prepares students to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC), a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), or both.
The Counseling program is designed to serve students who range in life experiences. This is reflective of the community they will ultimately serve. Students will be exposed to a variety of approaches for treating mental health, from the latest research on the relationship between neuroscience and mental health to eastern philosophies and treatments that have been practiced for thousands of years. Students benefit from an experiential curriculum, accomplished faculty comprised of working mental health professionals and innovative electives, such as art therapy, mindfulness, and dealing with PTSD.
The MAC is typically completed in about three years, with three semesters a year and two classes per semester for 10 semesters. Students can also complete the program in about two years if they elect to take three classes per semester for seven semesters.
Please note: The Master of Arts in Counseling program at St. Edward's is seeking accreditation through the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The process involves an extensive program evaluation, examination of faculty qualifications and a review of current program objectives to ensure educational quality. The tentative timeline for submission of CACREP application is September 2017 with review and anticipated approval to follow by July 2018.
For detailed descriptions and timing of courses, please see the Graduate Bulletin (course catalog).
I. CORE COURSES (27 CREDIT HOURS) Required for all LPC, LMFT, or LMFT/LPC Concentrations:
II. LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELOR CONCENTRATION (33 CREDIT HOURS): The following courses, in addition to the nine core courses, are required for the LPC concentration:
One practicum course and two internship courses are also required. These courses must be taken during the last three semesters:
Total Hours: 60
LICENSED MARRIAGE AND FAMILY THERAPIST CONCENTRATION (33 CREDIT HOURS): The following courses, in addition to the nine core courses, are required for the LMFT concentration:
One practicum course and three internship courses are required. These courses must be taken during the last three semesters:
Total Hours: 60
LPC AND LMFT COMBINED CONCENTRATION (42 CREDIT HOURS): The following courses, in addition to the nine core courses, are required for the LPC/LMFT combined concentration:
One practicum course and three internship courses are also required. These courses must be taken during the last three or four semesters:
Total Hours: 69
As a part of the program’s philosophy and educational training program, you’ll participate in training experiences that encourage self-growth. These exercises may require an appropriate degree of self-disclosure, which you won’t be graded on. This confidential information will not be discussed outside of the classroom.
The MAC program offers an educational and training experience that prepares students to work as professional counselors or marriage and family therapists in a variety of settings, including hospitals, residential treatment centers, nonprofit agencies, government, for-profit organizations and private practice. As graduates of the program, students may choose to focus on working with children, adolescents, adults, families or couples.
Our Masters of Arts in Counseling program has a 95% passing rate for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) exam.
A student's career path could include: