SIGN IN
 
OR
SIGN UP
for exclusive free content
WITH SOCIAL MEDIA
WITH AN E-MAIL

Remember me

ACADEMIC DEGREES

A full offering of accredited academic programs taught by experts in their field is core to our ministry training.

MAC
Master of Arts in Counseling
DEGREE
64
HOURS TO COMPLETE
3
AVERAGE NO. OF YEARS
Degree Plan
Apply Now
Student Handbook

Designed for those seeking formal licensure, the MAC prepares students to work as licensed counselors, whether public or church-related settings, and also prepares them for further study. The three-year curriculum includes a theological and theoretical foundation followed by practical orientation through a counseling internship. Students are equipped with counseling skills and techniques based on a conceptual framework rooted in Scripture and informed by clinical study.

Distinctives of the MAC
Covenant Seminary’s MAC program is recognized by the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors and uniquely prepares students to serve as counselors in church-related contexts. It also provides excellent preparation for students planning on advanced graduate study, state licensure, and work in other counseling agencies. Covenant Seminary trains counselors with a biblical approach that rigorously examines theories of human nature and counseling techniques in the context of biblical truth. Rather than either dehumanizing or deifying human beings, the Seminary’s counseling program seeks to train students to see every human being as a person made in the image of God, yet affected by the Fall—living both in dignity and depravity. With this Scriptural perspective as a foundation and framework, students are equipped to demonstrate God’s grace and to help hurting people grow and change. The curriculum does more than just provide theory and practice; it helps students to discern what is true and apply that discernment to the counseling setting.

Faculty Involvement
One of the hallmarks of Covenant Seminary’s MAC program is the high level of faculty involvement in the training of future counselors. This is particularly true as students–after being approved for internship candidacy (see handbook for details)–head into their internship year, during which they meet regularly with one of our counseling faculty (in weekly small group settings and regular one-on-one settings) to assess their progress in learning counseling theory and technique. Enrollment in this program is limited so that we can ensure a high level of personal mentoring and provide quality internship sites and placement assistance. Also, due to the nature of faculty and staff involvement in the MAC, it is only available to students taking classes on-campus; there is no distance option.

Licensure
The academic and practical training provided through the MAC program at Covenant Seminary has been designed to meet the foundational educational requirements of the Missouri Committee for Professional Counselors for state licensure. To meet the remaining state licensure requirements, students must complete study in three areas not required in Covenant Seminary’s core curriculum—career counseling, educational/psychological measurements, and group techniques (all available at Covenant Seminary as elective credit)—as well as additional hours of supervised, post-degree counseling under a licensed professional.

Applicants should be aware that licensure requirements vary widely by state, including required graduate-level classes, internship hours during graduate school and post-degree requirements. While the MAC program at Covenant Seminary is a 64-credit program, it may need to be customized to meet the specific credit requirements of states other than Missouri. If applicants plan to practice outside of Missouri, we strongly recommend pursuing the state specific information, which can be found at the website for each state’s licensing department or bureau. This information can then be used to create a customized academic plan. Courses may be taken to satisfy various state requirements either at Covenant Seminary or partner institutions in St. Louis.

Preparation for Study
While undergraduate work in psychology, counseling, or social work can be helpful in pursuing the MAC, it is not a necessity. Students with some undergraduate work in these areas are usually better equipped to synthesize the psychological training with the biblical foundation that Covenant Seminary presents. Because the biblical foundation is critical to Covenant Seminary’s counseling program, prospective students are strongly encouraged to increase their knowledge of Bible content.

DEGREE DESCRIPTION

Master of Arts in Counseling (Three-Year Curriculum)

Counseling electives include CO502 Career Counseling, CO503 Educational and Psychological Measurements, and CO555 Group Dynamics; all three courses are required for licensure in Missouri. Students intending to pursue licensure in Missouri must complete these courses; students intending to pursue licensure in another state should research licensure requirements in that state and pursue Academic Advising regarding graduation planning.

First YearFallSpring
CO310 Counseling Intro & Theories I* 3
CO370 Intercultural Counseling* 3
OT500 OT History & Theology 3
ST300 Covenant Theology I 2
CO531 Human Growth & Development* 3
NT500 NT History & Theology 3
ST301 Covenant Theology II 2
ST310 God & Humanity: Foundations of Counseling 4
Total Hours: 23 11 12
Summer
Electives‡: 2 units
Second YearFallSpring
CO520 Marriage & Family Counseling* 3
ST330 Christ & Salvation 3
Electives‡ 6
CO552 Research Methods~ 3
CO570 Psychological Disorders* 3
ST350 Spirit, Church & Last Things 2
Electives‡ 5
Total Hours: 27 (including summer session) 12 13
Summer
CO542 Counseling Internship: 0 units
Electives‡: 2 units
Third YearFallSpring
CO540 Counseling Internship 3
CO551 Counseling Theories II & Techniques 3
CO543 Counseling Internship (taken in Jan. term) 0
CO360 Ethics & Counseling 3
CO541 Counseling Internship 3
Total Hours: 14 (including summer session) 6 6
Degree Totals
Total Core Units: 49
Total Elective Units: 15
Counseling Elective Units: 6
Bible Elective Units: 6
Additional Elective Units: 3
Total Curriculum Units: 64

Entering students must attempt to pass the Bible Content Exam prior to their first class; prior to graduation all students must pass the Bible Content Exam or satisfactorily complete for credit both OT410 OT Bible Content Overview and NT410 NT Bible Content Overview.

* These courses are required in order to be eligible for the counseling internship.

‡ 6 elective hours must be in Bible (courses with the OT or NT prefix), with at least 2 hours of OT and 2 hours of NT; and 6 elective hours must be in Counseling (courses with the CO prefix). Electives may be taken in any term.

Please note that we strongly recommend that students reduce their working hours to 20 or fewer during their internship year. In our experience, students working more than 25 hours per week are in danger of receiving poor grades for their internship (or other courses they are taking at that time) and not being able to sustain the necessary GPA to graduate from the program.

Master of Divinity
The newly revised MDiv is our primary ministry training program, designed to ground students in the disciplines required for pastoral and other vocational ministry by engaging the whole person through rigorous academics, on-campus community life, and expanded opportunities for real-life ministry alongside experienced local pastors and ministry leaders—while also being more streamlined and affordable.
Apply Now
Learn More
93
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Minimum 2.25 undergradate GPA required. Prior study of biblical languages encouraged but not required. Working knowledge of Bible content strongly encouraged; helpful Bible content resources available for preparatory study.
Master of Arts in Counseling
The MAC prepares students to work as licensed counselors, whether in public or church-related settings, and also prepares them for further study.
Apply Now
Learn More
64
Credit Hours
3
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
3.0 undergraduate GPA. Application must be complete by January 31. An on-campus interview must be complete by February 28. Generally, incoming students begin in Fall term.
Master of Theology
The ThM degree, an advanced preparation program, provides Master of Divinity graduates the opportunity for further study in areas of particular interest.
Apply Now
Learn More
30
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Successful completion of MDiv degree (including Greek and Hebrew study) or its educational equivalent with at least a 3.1 GPA required. Thesis or writing project required.
Doctor of Ministry
The DMin program further equips pastors and other ministry leaders through a cohort-based learning model in which students learn with and from other seasoned ministry practitioners in the context of trusted peer relationships under the guidance of experienced faculty mentors.
Apply Now
Learn More
30
Credit Hours
3-4
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
Admissions approval of DMin committee. MDiv or MA GPA of 3.1.
Master of Arts in Exegetical Theology
The MAET is an academic and research degree that prepares students pursuing academic leadership for advanced study at the doctoral level, usually in either the Old or New Testaments.
Apply Now
Learn More
60
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
3.0 undergradate GPA. Prior Greek and Hebrew study is encouraged. Thesis required for graduation. Remedial coursework may be required for students weak in Bible knowledge.
Master of Arts in Educational Ministries
The MAEM integrates classroom theory with practical application of biblical and educational principles to meet the need for theologically equipped ministry leaders in diverse ministry settings.
Apply Now
Learn More
48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Religion and Cultures
The MARC prepares students for cross-cultural ministry with a focus on city and/or international ministry in light of globalization, urbanization, and religious pluralism.
Apply Now
Learn More
48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts (Theological Studies)
The MATS trains students biblically and theologically to bring an informed Christian perspective to their world and their callings. NEW FOR 2014: Earn this degree through our FULLY ONLINE OPTION!
Apply Now
Learn More
48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.
Master of Arts in Worship and Music
The MAWM shapes students for ministry through understanding, planning, and leading gospel-centered worship.
Apply Now
Learn More
48
Credit Hours
2
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA. Musical proficiency.
Graduate Certificate
The GC provides biblical and theological training that equips lay people to bring an informed Christian perspective to a variety of callings and non-ordained ministries.
Apply Now
Learn More
20
Credit Hours
1
Average No.
of Years
Special Requirements
2.25 undergradate GPA.