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Master of Arts in Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling

Master of Arts in Counseling

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) is a faith-based counselor training program designed to prepare graduate students for the field of counseling both in the public sector and private clinical practice. What sets this program apart is its professionally recognized skill-based curriculum, which is integrated with Christian values, beliefs and worldview. As a student, you will not only acquire and reflect on the knowledge about psychology and theology, but also learn the holistic approach to counseling. This program also provides the opportunity to delve into specific developments and trends in the field of counseling.

Overview / Admission Requirements

Credits 54 credits
Duration Part-time (Local): Up to 5 years
Full-time (International): 3 years
Admission Requirements

You must:

  • Be a Christian believer with a genuine desire for Christian service
  • Be at least 25 years old on the date of admission
  • Have obtained a bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognized university/institution or bible school/college
  • Clear an admission interview

If you are an international applicant you must have obtained a minimum TOEFL score of 80(IBT)/550(PBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5 (or the equivalent).

Anticipated
Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, you should be able to:

  • Apply to be a professional member with the Singapore Association for Counseling (SAC) and be recognised as a Provisional Clinical Members
  • Be competent in core clinical skills in counseling, culturally sensitive to all individuals and ethical in practice
  • Apply for a career as a professional counselor in community-based and faith-based voluntary welfare organizations (VWOs), government ministries (e.g. Ministry of Education) as well as private counseling services
  • Contribute to the counseling fraternity in Singapore

Curriculum

Theoretical Foundations and Helping Relationships

24 credits

Foundations of Counseling 3
Self of the Counselor 3
Human Development 3
Theories of Individual Counseling 3
Theories of Marital and Family Counseling 3
Theories of Group Work 3
Spirituality and Counseling 3
Gender and Sexuality 3

Elective Courses

9 credits

Addiction Counseling* 3
Counseling Children* 3
Divorce and Remarriage* 3
Clinical Mental Health Counseling* 3
Grief and Bereavement Counseling* 3

* Students will choose any three out of 5 course options from these courses.

Clinical Foundations

15 credits

Professional Ethics 3
Appraisals, Tests and Assessments 3
Core Clinical Skills I 3
Core Clinical Skills II 3
Psychopathology 3

Capstone Course

6 credits

Practicum with Supervision over two terms.

TOTAL

54 credits

Each course is worth three credits unless otherwise stated.

Academic Requirements

You will need to complete the following courses in the first year of each program as part of the academic requirements:

  • Christian Ethics (Credit)
  • Introduction to Psychology (Credit)
  • Old Testament Survey/Foundation (Audit)
  • New Testament Survey/Foundation (Audit)

Classes are usually conducted in the weekday evenings and on Saturdays. Special block classes may be scheduled on weekdays from time to time.

Graduation Requirements

Students must fulfill the following requirements for graduation.

  • Satisfactory completion of the program of study
  • Maintenance of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.5
  • Approval by the Dean’s Committee
  • Settlement of all financial obligations with the College
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