Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC)
The MACC is a professional degree that prepares students to be effective, licensed counselors with a strong Christian worldview who are eligible to work in any public or private institution providing psychological care. The 60-hour program is intended to provide a broad base of scriptural knowledge with an intensive, State-mandated core set of competencies. The program will also include a thesis focusing on a particular issue or set of issues within the Christian counseling sphere. This is a cohort-based program, so admissions are restricted to Fall semesters each year. It is, however, possible to be enrolled in a dual-degree program with any other degree program at Erskine Theological Seminary.
The Seminary seeks to develop students in this degree program in the following ways:
- Concepts. Graduates will interpret the Bible and draw on the church’s theological and historical heritage as they apply the Bible’s message to faith, life, and ministry in contemporary contexts.
- Calling. Graduates will identify, develop, and use their abilities and spiritual gifts to advance the church’s mission to worship and serve Jesus Christ.
- Character. Graduates will serve the church with evident Christian character and integrity in their personal and professional lives.
- Competence. Graduates will serve the church effectively, using skills required for their particular calling of counseling, especially communication and listening, diagnosing and developing treatment plans to care for others, leadership, and administration.
- Credentials. Graduates will serve the church using the licensed professional credentials necessary for counseling within the church and outside the church context.
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Make appropriate use of relevant (a) Bible passages and (b) confessional standards, as they integrate their course material to their (c) ministry contexts.
2. Identify, develop, and use personal abilities, gifts, and gained knowledge to strengthen their church’s worship of and service to Jesus Christ.
3. Demonstrate growing Christ-like character through writing and practice of counseling ministry.
4. Integrate theology with the required skills for Christian counseling.
5. Move toward gaining the credentials necessary for licensed professional counseling
Applicants must have completed a baccalaureate degree from an accredited institution with a minimum 3.0 grade point average. For those without undergraduate degrees in psychology, some prerequisite courses may be required. Prerequisites include General/Introductory Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and at least one course in Developmental Psychology.
Students must complete the 60 hours of coursework as outlined below with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher. The program is a cohort model to be completed in two years of full-time study. Students must normally complete the program within six years. While advanced standing is available to students already holding appropriate theological degrees, the State-mandated courses are taught on a two-year cycle and there is no availability for directed study.
Practicum and Internship
The MACC is accredited through The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP). In a CACREP-accredited program, there is a requirement of a minimum 100 hours of Practicum with a minimum of 40 hours of Direct Service with clients to be done during the first year of the program. During the Second year of the program, students will complete a minimum of 600 hours Internship with a minimum of 240 hours of Direct Service with clients. These hours are to be done outside of class times and only enrolled students can sign up for counseling slots in the Due West, Greenville, Columbia, or other Erskine-affiliated Counseling Centers through arrangements with the program director.
Students may take courses at Erskine’s Due West Campus, Erskine Greenville, or Erskine Columbia. Students may transfer all 18 hours of Bible and theology core credits required for their degree from previous work at Erskine Theological Seminary or other ATS accredited institutions, but no more than half of the credits may have been previously applied to another graduate degree. Only courses with grades of C (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) or higher may be transferred. Courses are expected to have been taken within a ten-year period of enrolling in the MACC except in special circumstances. In consultation with their program advisors, students may transfer courses from BibleMesh or Reasons to Believe. Only courses that are not offered by Erskine and are necessary for degree completion can be transferred. Contact the Dean’s office for details and approvals. Although CACREP rules do not allow advanced standing for undergraduate courses in counseling, upon consent of the program director, students may receive advanced standing for theologically appropriate courses.
- BI 501 Bible Survey
- BI 502 Principle of Exegesis
- CH 551 Survey of Church History
- ST 551 Survey of Systematic Theology
- ET 711 Christian Ethics
- OT/NT Elective
- CC 501 Addiction: Theories and Interventions
- CC 503 Social Psychology
- CC 504 Group Processes
- CC 509 Tests and Measures
- CC 513 Developmental Psychology
- CC 616 Counseling
- CC 617 Counseling Skills
- CC 619 Crisis, Trauma, and Disaster Counseling
- CC 622 Psychology Research and Evaluation
- CC 623 Lifestyle and Career Development
- CC 650 Psychopharmacology
- CC 660 Clinical Supervision
- CC 670 Thesis Research
- CC 675 Thesis Writing
Before beginning the thesis, students must be approved for candidacy by presenting the MACC director a 3-5-page statement of the thesis topic and the anticipated findings, along with a preliminary bibliography supporting the direction of research before the Fall of Year Two. If this presentation of the topic is sufficient, the MACC director will provide written approval for the student to begin the thesis. Students may not register for CC 670 Thesis Research without this written approval. Once students receive approval to begin a thesis, they will normally register for CC 670 Thesis Research during the Fall semester. During the Spring Semester of Year Two, students should take CC 675 Thesis Writing. Students who do not complete their thesis within Year Two will be required to take CC 675 Thesis Writing a second time during the Summer or be dropped from the program. Once the thesis has been approved by both the advisor and an assigned reviewer, students must submit to the MACC director at least three copies of the final, corrected, approved, and unbound thesis on archival-quality paper, as well as an electronic copy of the thesis in PDF format (submitted by email). The thesis must conform to the Seminary’s specifications for theses/dissertations and must be submitted by the appropriate deadline (see the Academic Calendar for specific dates). The thesis defense and the comprehensive examination will be held after the finalized copies have been received. Students will stand an oral defense of their thesis in front of a panel consisting of at least their advisor, the MACC director, and an external examiner. Upon approval of the oral defense, the thesis may be sent for binding.
For a Sample Course of Study, See the Catalog