Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC) equips church leaders with a high degree of competency in counseling ministries. Christian counseling involves caring for people in the deepest and most profound aspects of their lives. The MACC program seeks to guide students to:

  1. Develop a philosophy of Christian counseling consistent with a Biblical perspective of mental health and mental disorders. (P1512, P1111, L1211)
  2. Develop a sufficient Christian biblical and theological framework to provide safe and effective counseling ministries in global environments. (S1312, S1112, I2113, P2528)
  3. Analyze the major theories in psychology and counseling to enhance effectiveness with individuals, marriages, and families. (E1113, P2521, P2523, P2532)
  4. Apply the Bible to counseling ministries based on a graduate level understanding of the Bible’s content, context, structure, and message. (L1113, S1113, S1313, L1212)
  5. Apply practical counseling skills within a ministry context that integrates current counseling theories and evidence-based practices with Biblical insights. (P1121, P1122, P2524)
The MACC provides more than just counseling theory; it promotes ministry discernment within the counseling context based on the leadership of the Holy Spirit. In addition, students will learn to demonstrate compassion, mediate grace, and bring others into direct personal contact with God.

Graduates can have an impactful counseling ministry with the MACC

The MACC degree will prepare students to serve as Christian counselors in a variety of church-related settings. It is a non-licensure 2-year professional master's degree. This degree is not designed to fulfill the California state requirements which allow a person to seek credentialing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

The Golden Gate MACC is unlike any other program

The MACC distinguishes itself from the typical secular counseling program by including coursework which assists the student in developing a Christian biblical and theological framework from which to deliver effective Christian counseling. This is accomplished by core coursework in Biblical and Theological studies and experiential courses aimed at cultivating self-awareness and clinical competency.


Course Requirements

Theological Core (20 Hours) Course # Hours
Old Testament Introduction I S1112 3
Old Testament Introduction II S1113 3
New Testament Introduction I S1312 3
New Testament Introduction II S1313 3
Christian Theology I L1211 3
Christian Theology II L1212 3
Chose one of the following three courses:   2
Baptist Heritage and Practice, L1113 (2 hrs)
Church History I, L1111 (3 hrs)*
Church History II, L1112 (3 hrs)*
Christian Counseling Core (30 Hours)    
Foundations for Ministry P1111 2
Leadership in Ministry Practicum* (Christian Counseling setting) P1121-22 4
Introduction to Christian Counseling P1512 3
Psychopathology P2524 3
Law and Ethics in Christian Counseling P2528 3
Counseling Theory and Methods P2521 3
Lifespan Development E1112 3
Intercultural Counseling P1513/I2113 3
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy P2523 3
Marriage and Family Counseling P2532 3
Minimum hours to graduate 50
*Opting for L1111 or L1112 increases hours required to graduate to 51  

*P1121 & P1122 (TFE) must be taken in two consecutive terms in a fall-spring sequence only. A total of 4 semester-hours credit for the courses will be given at the end of the second term. No credit is earned if both courses are not completed. Variable credit is available by contracting with the TFE Office and identified on the TFE Application. Students must remain in the same Peer Reflection Group for the two terms.

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