About this course
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 three years, with three semesters a year and two classes per semester. Students can also complete the program in two years if they elect to take three classes per semester.
Your complete application will include:
Online application and $50 application fee (waived if you apply by the early or priority deadline)
Essay – Describe your background and interests and explain why you wish to pursue the degree you are applying for and what you hope to accomplish in this degree program (3–5 pages)
Professional résumé or detailed work history
For MAC, MSEM and MACSD: competitive GRE test scores*
For MAC and MSEM: two letters of recommendation
For students who received instruction in a language other than English, TOEFL or IELTS exam scores, and transcripts submitted through a Foreign Credential Evaluation Service — such as AACRAO, Foreign Credentials Service of America or WES (World Education Services, Inc.) — are required.
*For applicants with a strong undergraduate GPA and three years of full-time work experience, we can waive the GRE or GMAT requirement and grant conditional admission. If admitted conditionally, your academic record will undergo review once you complete 12 hours of graduate study at St. Edward's. If you have earned a 3.0 GPA or higher, you may continue with your program.