The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program (MAC) is a 51-credit master’s program. The nationally accredited-program is structured into two closely related tracks: Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) and Mental Health Counseling (MHC).

Requirements

The structure of the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program consists of two related tracks.  The first provides the educational components for state licensure as a Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and the second, as a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).  Coursework in the MAC program supports careers and licensure in one or both of these fields.  Students in either track are required to complete the following for the degree:

 A minimum of 51* credit hours:

  • Nine core courses (27 credit hours)
  • Three MFT track required courses (9 credit hours) or three MHC track required courses (9 credit hours)
  • Three elective courses (9 credit hours)
  • Two-semester internship (6 credit hours)

* completing both MFT and MHC tracks require extra credits (see your advisor)

Resources:

The comprehensive MAC Student Handbook contains detailed information about classes, internships, policies, and program requirements.

Recommended timeline:

Below is one possible timeline for completion of the MAC Program. It divides the program into several informal stages with recommended courses and paperwork needed to accomplish the major program events at each stage.

This timeline is only a suggestion. Your needs, schedule, and your advisor’s guidance will dictate where to deviate from the recommended sequence. Still, this timeline may be helpful as a guide for planning and successfully completing the program. Click to expand each of the three stages below.

  • Stage Two: Degree Candidate Status (typically end of year 2)
    Suggested Additional Common Core Coursework
    Fifteen semester hours after conferral of candidacy
    MAC 610Clinical Assessment & Treatment Planning
    MAC 620Ethical Practice and the Law
    MAC 630Systemic Treatment of Addictions and Co-Occurring Disorders
    MAC 640Research Methods and Statistics
    Plus either
    MFT Track:
    MAC 650Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy
    MHC Track:
    MAC 590Career Development in Individual and Family Therapy
    Electives
    Nine semester hours required from the following:
    MFT Electives: Both required and elective classes from the MHC track may be substituted as electives, but elective choice must include at least one of either MAC 560 or MAC 680.
    MAC 560Therapy with Children and Adolescents
    MAC 580Faith Based Counseling
    MAC 680Applied Systemic Theories and Techniques
    MHC Electives: Both required and elective classes from the MFT track may also be substituted as electives, but elective choice must include at least one of either MAC 665 or MAC 685.
    MAC 580Faith Based Counseling
    MAC 665Expressive Therapies with Individuals and Families
    MAC 685Neurobiology, Psychopharmacology, Mindfulness
    Paperwork to Complete
    Internship Exploratory Worksheet
    Final Internship Contract

Program Schedule

Because of changes in the schedules of professors, the needs of the current group of students, and the days on which holidays fall, it is very difficult to publish a schedule very far in advance. Below is the MAC annual schedule as far as we can estimate it. Please note that this schedule is tentative and subject to change. If you change your work schedule based on this schedule, understand that it could change.

The schedule below is presented for your planning needs. If you have any questions, please call the MAC Office for the latest, most up-to-date information available.

The official, most up-to-date class offerings can be found by using Self-Service and the academic catalog

As you consider the schedule below, please note that several classes carry prerequisites. The MAC faculty and staff will be very happy to help you with interpreting the proposed timeline, or helping you fashion your own personal schedule.

The MAC Program normally requires anywhere from 2 1/2 to 5 years to complete, depending on how you arrange your schedule.

  • Fall semester (16 weeks)
    Course numberCourse titleCreditsDay of weekTimeProfessor
    MAC 500Individual Therapy3M5:45-8:15TBA
    MAC 510Group Therapy3W5:45-8:15TBA
    MAC 520Theories and Practice of Family Therapy I3Th2-4:30Ellis
    MAC 530Theories and Practice of Family Therapy II Pre 5203Th5:45-8:15TBA
    MAC 540Life Span Development in Individual and Family Therapy3Th5:45-8:15Nieto
    MAC 550Treatment of Trauma and Abuse3W5:45-8:15Zorn
    MAC 555Theories and Practice of Conjoint Therapy Pre 5203ThW5:45-8:15Zorn
    MAC 560Therapy with Children and Adolescents Pre 500 or 520, 5503Th2-4:30Zorn
    MAC 600Diagnoses and Controversies in Psychopathology Pre 5203T2-4:30TBA
    MAC 610Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning Pre 6003W2-4:30TBA
    MAC 620Ethical Practice and the Law Pre 500 or 520, 6003W4:30-5:45Ellis
    MAC 630Systemic Treatment of Addictions & Co-occurring Disorders Pre 6003T2-4:30Nieto
    MAC 640Research Methods and Statistics3T5:45-8:15TBA
    MAC 660Complexities of Social Memberships Pre 5403S2-4:30Nieto
    MAC 691Clinical Internship I Pre DCS, 600, 6103S1-SepEllis
    MAC 692Clinical Internship II Pre 6913S1-SepEllis
    MAC 691Clinical Internship I Pre DCS, 600, 6103S1-SepNieto
    MAC 692Clinical Internship II Pre 6913 1-SepNieto
  • Spring semester (16 weeks)
    Course numberCourse titleCreditsDay of weekTimeProfessor
    MAC 500Individual Therapy3M2-4:30TBA
    MAC 510Group Therapy3T2-4:30TBA
    MAC 520Theories and Practice of Family Therapy I3Th5:45-8:15Ellis
    MAC 530Theories and Practice of Family Therapy II Pre 5203T2-4:30TBA
    MAC 540Life Span Development in Individual and Family Therapy3M5:45-8:15Nieto
    MAC 550Treatment of Trauma and Abuse3W2-4:30Zorn
    MAC 590Career Development in Individual and Family Therapy3M2-4:50Nieto
    MAC 600Diagnoses and Controversies in Psychopathology Pre 5203Th2-4:30TBA
    MAC 610Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning Pre 6003Th2-4:30TBA
    MAC 620Ethical Practice and the Law Pre 500 or 520, 6003W4:30-5:45Ellis
    MAC 630Systemic Treatment of Addictions Co-occurring Disorders Pre 6003T2-4:30Nieto
    MAC 640Research Methods and Statistics3W5:45-8:15TBA
    MAC 650Human Sexuality and Sex Therapy Pre 520 and 5503W5:45-8:15Zorn
    MAC 660Complexities of Social Memberships Pre 5403T5:45-8:15Nieto
    MAC 685Neurobiology, Psychopharmacology Mindfulness Pre 500 or 520, 6003M S5:45-8:15TBA
    MAC 691Clinical Internship I Pre DCS, 600, 6103S1-SepEllis
    MAC 692Clinical Internship II Pre 6913S1-SepEllis
    MAC 691Clinical Internship I Pre DCS, 600, 6103S1-SepNieto
    MAC 692Clinical Internship II Pre 6913 1-SepNieto
  • Summer semester (8 weeks)
    Course numberCourse titleCreditsDay of weekTimeProfessor
    MAC 520Theories and Practice of Family Therapy I3Th12:30-5Ellis
    MAC 540Life Span Development in Individual and Family Therapy3M12:30-5Nieto
    MAC 550Treatment of Trauma and Abuse3W5-9:30Zorn
    MAC 555Theories and Practice of Conjoint Therapy Pre 5203T5-9:30Zorn
    MAC 600Diagnoses and Controversies in Psychopathology Pre 5203T12:30-5TBA
    MAC 610Clinical Assessment and Treatment Planning Pre 6003W12:30-5TBA
    MAC 620Ethical Practice and the Law Pre 500 or 520, 6003W4:30-5:45Ellis
    MAC 630Systemic Treatment of Addictions Co-occurring Disorders Pre 6003Th5-9:30TBA
    MAC 640Research Methods and Statistics3T5-9:30TBA
    MAC 660Complexities of Social Memberships Pre 5403M5-9:30Nieto
    MAC 670Expressive Therapies with Individuals and Families Pre 500, 5203S5-SepNieto
    MAC 680Applied Systemic Theories and Techniques Pre 500 or 5203T12:30-5Zorn
    MAC 691Clinical Internship I Pre DCS, 600, 6103S1-SepEllis
    MAC 692Clinical Internship II Pre 6913S1-SepEllis

FAQs

  • Can I work full time and complete the MAC program?

    All required courses are offered at least once per year during evening hours. All courses are offered on a schedule of one meeting per week. Most courses are offered during the evening hours, although afternoon courses and some Friday and Saturday classes are occasionally offered.

  • What are my employment options with a MAC degree?

    By far, the most common career objective among graduate students is to become an individual, group or family therapist. Students wish to work with a variety of age groups and specific clientele and deal with divergent presenting problems such as anger control, sexual abuse, chemical dependency and so on. Most of these students hope to work in mental health agencies, treatment facilities and private practice agencies.

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