6.6 Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling* (M.A.C.) is a degree program designed to give a rich foundation in theology and counseling on which men and women can build various vocations other than the ordained Gospel ministry.   

Westminster graduates have established themselves successfully in a wide range of occupations that do not require a licensed professional. With a Westminster counseling degree, graduates have pursued occupations in various fields of specialization such as campus ministry, adoption agencies, missions, church staffs, counseling centers, youth work, human services, and educational institutions. Numerous Westminster graduates have also used their counseling training to enhance prior medical or nursing training for service in various missions and ministries.   

A student who holds a baccalaureate degree from an approved institution receives the degree of Master of Arts in Counseling on the completion of the prescribed program of study. The program requires at least two years of full-time study for completion.

Building on a basic foundation in the disciplines of biblical studies, theology, church history, and apologetics, these programs provide comprehensive instruction and active involvement in the specific area of biblical counseling.

6.6.a Student Learning Goals

Upon graduation the student will:

  1. Exhibit a deep love for the triune God, his word, his truth and his church and a Christ-like humility in relation with others.
  2. Demonstrate basic knowledge in scripture, Reformed theology, biblical theology, church history and apologetics. 
  3. Demonstrate understanding of the broad context of counseling and will apply God’s eternal word to a changing world in a counseling context.
  4. Demonstrate skill in the practice of biblical counseling.

*Formerly Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (M.A.B.C.) prior to the 2012-2013 academic year.