Master of Arts — Christian Counseling

Program Accreditation

The MACC-Clinical Mental Health (CMH) program at the Charlotte, NC campus focuses on diagnosis and treatment of behavioral health issues for individuals, couples, families, and groups, and is both nationally and regionally accredited:

Mission & Objectives

Program Mission Statement

The aim of the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling Program at Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary—Charlotte is to train students to become competent professional counselors who advance Christ’s Kingdom in various clinical, educational, and ministry settings by equipping them to think theologically, live biblically, and engage globally. This means that:

  • Students who think theologically will develop a professional counselor identity that is grounded in orthodox Christian theology and sound clinical practice.
  • Students who live biblically will demonstrate congruence between their faith and their actions in their personal and professional lives by maintaining a commitment to the process of ongoing spiritual formation.
  • Students who engage globally will fulfill their call to serve others by being sensitive and response to the needs of diverse cultural, ethnic, and socioeconomic populations.

Program Objectives

The MACC program goals are informed by our mission statement and anchored in the CACREP common core curriculum for counseling programs. We have five program priorities with 16 corresponding goals for the development of counseling students.

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Program Distinctives

  • Supervised clinical practicum and internship experience
  • Professional and integrative seminars designed to incorporate theological studies with counseling theories and practices
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and online/hybrid) to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home
  • Access to library resources and classes at other top-tier institutions through the Carolina Theological Consortium

Typical Student

M.A. in Christian Counseling students are a diverse group who display essential qualities of wisdom, maturity and skills necessary for excellence in the field of counseling. Most have an undergraduate background in psychology, counseling, education, or sociology, a strong interest in behavioral science, or significant life experience in the field. Whether you’re seasoned in the field or moving into a second career, the M.A. in Christian Counseling degree will provide excellent preparation for Christian and/or secular employment opportunities.

Pursuing Licensure

Licensed Professional Counselors

The coursework of the MACC-CMH degree is designed to meet the curriculum requirements outlined by the North Carolina Board of Licensed Professional Counselors (NCBLPC) and of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc. (NBCC). Additionally, students may choose from courses offered in the MACC curriculum that will meet curricular requirements for licensure in many states, including all the states contiguous to North Carolina. Students are eligible to take the National Counselor’s Exam (NCE) during their last semester in the program.

Student’s Responsibility to Obtain Licensure

While the school makes every effort to ensure that the program meets licensure requirements in North Carolina, licensure and certification requirements vary by state. The school’s responsibility is providing an opportunity to earn a degree. The student is responsible to contact the appropriate licensure or certification organizations and obtain the latest information on what is required for that particular licensure or certification.

Hours accumulated from practica experience, which meet the requirements for the MACC degree may or may not meet the requirements for a particular licensure or certification. (E.g., Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) meets degree requirements but may not meet state licensure requirements.)

Potential Counseling Careers

  • Agencies
  • Private practice
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Churches
  • Group homes
  • Chemical dependency/substance abuse settings
  • Pregnancy centers
  • Behavioral health care organizations
  • Para-church ministry
  • Missions

Spotlight Alum

My experience at Gordon-Conwell fueled my excitement for studying of the Bible and developed my ability to interpret and contextualize Scripture to the lives of those to whom I minister. I received so much more spiritually than I ever imagined from being a part of the community of Gordon-Conwell.”

Sharon Exum, MACC ‘10
Staff Counselor, Elizabeth Family Medicine | Integrative Pastoral Psychotherapy Training Program of Carolinas Healthcare System | Charlotte, N.C.

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