MA in Counseling

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A scholarly education grounded in a Biblical worldview

A collegial atmosphere of adult learners

Faculty with real world experience

Supervised clinical training experiences

Preparation for the National Counselor's Exam (NCE)

Preparation for state licensure

Career Potential

Graduates of the Seminary MAC program should be prepared to work in clinical mental health or church settings and see either as an extension of ministry. Actual licensure in Illinois and most states requires board examination in addition to this degree.

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) at Lincoln Christian Seminary is a 60-hour degree program designed to meet the standards set forth by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs+ and licensure requirements for the State of Illinois. The MAC is a theologically integrated program of study whose goal is to ground students in counseling theory, technique, and practice inclusive of a Biblical worldview.

Course Delivery Format

LCU's MAC program serves both working adults and residential students. Our faculty has adopted a hybrid format of educational delivery, incorporating both online and face-to-face training. This hybrid format helps cultivate the professional maturity and interpersonal skills necessary for a successful career in counseling. Most courses are available in an 8-week block scheduling format on Monday and Tuesday evenings (6:30-10 p.m.). Additional opportunities are available each semester for online and week-long intensive course work for theory focused courses. Overnight accommodations are available for commuter students.

Admission Requirements

MAC program applicants must have completed at least 12 hours in psychology or related social science courses at the undergraduate level, provide a written response to a case scenario, and participate in a Faculty Committee Interview as part of the application process.

The MAC program is in process of seeking accreditation from the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The 2012 catalog standards are based on the CACREP 2009 guidelines.

Receive an education, not just a degree. Lincoln Christian Seminary is interested in your development as a person. Our MAC curriculum is designed to guide the spiritual, professional and relational formation of graduate students who are preparing for service in the kingdom of God in faith-based and secular mental health settings.


BI 501 Introduction to God's Word** 3
LS 000 Welcome to Seminary 0
LS 501 Graduate Research and Writing^ 0
TH 600 Turning Points in Systematic Theology 3
Choose one of the following:
CH 500 Understanding the Stone-Campbell Movement & My Own Heritage 3
CH 801 Implementing Restoration Movement Principles Today 3
COUN 601 Research and Evaluation in Counseling 3
COUN 602* Basic Counseling Techniques 3
COUN 662* Abnormal Psychology 3
COUN 663* Major Theories of Counseling and Psychotherapy 3
COUN 666 Developmental Psychology Perspectives for Counseling 3
COUN 667 Tests and Measures for Counseling 3
COUN 668 Group Process Techniques 3
COUN 760 Multicultural Counseling 3
COUN 751 Career Development Counseling 3
COUN 804 Family Systems Counseling 3
COUN 807 Substance Abuse and Addictions Counseling 3
COUN 810* Ethical and Legal Issues for Counselors and Other Christian Leaders 3
COUN 890 Internship - Mental Health Counseling 6
COUN 892 Counseling Practicum 3

(LS 601 or COUN classes)
6 credit hours

60 credit hours

  1. Students who pass the Seminary's Bible Entrance Exam or who have graduated from a Bible college may be allowed to select another Bible class.
  2. Not required of all students; See the catalog for more information.
  3. CH 500 is designed for students who have had no undergraduate course in Restoration History (or completed a course with a grader lower than a "C"). CH 801 is designed for students who have completed an undergraduate course in Restoration History with a grade of "C" or better. Students may substitute one course for the other with permission of their advisor.
  4. These classes must be taken prior to doing a practicum.

A number of electives are possible to allow students to further enhance knowledge in some specific areas like marital and premarital counseling, crisis counseling, and adolescent development or delve deeper into integration or advanced internship opportunities. Students may also pursue electives outside of the counseling area with advisor permission.

The M.A.C. program is in the process of seeking accreditation from Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). The 2012 catalog standards are based on the CACREP 2009 guidelines.