Prepare for a rewarding counseling career helping others

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) prepares students to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

This three year program is designed to serve students who range in life experiences, which 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 of working mental health professionals and innovative electives like play therapy, narrative therapy, and grief/loss counseling.

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Both the Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) and the Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MCFC) concentrations in the program are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Read more about our program in our MAC Student Handbook.

Hear From Our Students

Learn how two of our students, Emily Roberts and Sam Grimaldo, have benefited from earning Master's in Counseling degrees at St. Edward's University.

Check Out This Helpful Q&A with Program Director Melissa Alvarado

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) degree prepares students to become professional counselors with a strong ethical foundation and social justice orientation. Program director Melissa Alvarado explains how this St. Edward’s program gives its students an edge as they enter a strong and vibrant alumni community of MAC graduates.