If you have a bachelor’s degree and want to channel your spiritual faith into a counseling career, take a few moments to learn about our Master of Arts in Counseling (MACO) program at Central Baptist Theological Seminary. Our student body includes a diverse community of students with a strong passion for the ministry rooted in their desire to serve all of humanity. Our MACO program can help you develop the theological knowledge and clinical skills to guide your Christian faith in ways that produce positive outcomes for your patient population. In a volatile world, with ever-changing challenges, we need qualified counselors of faith more than ever.
Are you ready to learn more about earning a Master of Arts in Counseling from Central Seminary? Our advisors are ready to answer your questions about enrollment, coursework, financial aid, and other areas that impact your decision. Fill out the contact form to start the conversation on your goals as a professional counselor.
Participate in classes only two nights a week to be a full-time student.
Take a few classes each term to complete your degree in three years.
Excellent tuition rates, scholarships, and payments plans make your education affordable.
The primary goal of the MACO program is to prepare students to become competent counseling practitioners who practice with integrity and empathy. Coursework focuses on helping students learn to apply mind, body, soul, and spirit therapy and treatment methods after making a diagnosis. While students learn to serve religious and non-religious patients, they will develop a deeper understanding of their own faith, which they can apply towards more effective practice.
Your core counseling education covers a wide range of psychology, counseling, and relationship-based topics. Courses include abnormal psychology, lifespan development, counseling theories, multicultural counseling, and more. Statistics and research methods are an integral component of your education as well. These competencies will help you conduct research and draw rational conclusions from data to improve your counseling practice.
In the final semesters of your MACO curriculum, students will participate in a supervised counseling practicum, as well as internships. The goal of each component is to give students the opportunity to apply their coursework in professional settings with real patients. This experiential component of the Master of Arts in Counseling program is what helps students confidently transcend from student to licensed counselor.
The MACO program is designed to be completed in three years but can be completed in as little as two years. This flexibility allows seminaries with a variety of lifestyles and responsibilities to pursue their goal of becoming a counselor without putting their life on hold.
In today’s world, there are many professional career paths outside of the church that can satisfy your need for a faith-infused career. Whether you choose to learn at our Shawnee, KS campus, or take advantage of the online option, our faculty and staff will provide you with a welcoming atmosphere where you can explore your faith while developing the competencies of a professional counselor.
The process of becoming a competent professional counselor is a culmination of knowledge, interpretation, and application of learning outcomes in vocational situations. As you progress throughout the program, you will form the skills necessary to successfully complete the supervised counseling practicum and the internships to fulfill program requirements. The goal of your internships is to work in a setting that is relevant to the path you want to take once you earn your degree.
Upon completion of the program, there are a variety of ways you can apply your counseling education in professional settings. You can work directly for a church, offering counseling services to members of the congregation who may be struggling with bereavement, marriage issues, addiction, or abuse. You can also choose to become a licensed practitioner in your state and open a private counseling practice, working with patients from a faith-based perspective. Competent counselors are needed to help youth, adult, and senior age populations in most communities, in religious and non-religious settings.
Contact Central Baptist Theological Seminary today to learn more about our Master of Arts in Counseling program. We can review your qualifications, financial aid options, and other questions you have. Join our passionate and diverse seminary community.