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Master of Arts in Counseling received official recognition from the Singapore Association for Counseling

MASTER OF ARTS IN COUNSELING (MAC)

The Master of Arts in Counseling is a faith-based counselor training program that is designed to prepare the graduate for the field of professional counseling and/or pastoral counseling. The Master of Arts in Counseling program is designed as a part-time course that can be completed within 3-5 years. The curriculum will be taught by the resident faculty from the TCA College School of Counseling as well as adjunct faculty, experts in their field of specialty.

Course Recognition logo-sac
Duration Full-time : 3 years
Part-time : Up to 5 years
Program Requirements
  • Be at least 25 years old on the date of admission
  • Be a born-again believer with a genuine desire for Christian service
  • Have obtained a Bachelor degree in any field from a recognized University/ Institution or Bible School/College
  • Applicants with an equivalent Postgraduate Diploma in Counseling or Masters Degree in a related field will go through a matriculation process and be required to do Directed Studies in order to fulfill the minimum of 30 credits to graduate with a Masters Degree from TCA College
  • Have obtained a TOEFL score of 80(IBT)/550(PBT) or an IELTS score of 6.0 (or the equivalent)
  • Clear the admission interview
Program Aims
  • Provide students with specialized, professional training to be counseling practitioners and contribute to the counseling fraternity
  • Provide a stimulating and creative learning environment where students learn from faculty and counseling professionals beyond core clinical skills
  • Train and equip practitioners who will be competent in skills, and culturally sensitive and ethical in practice
  • Train and equip ministry practitioners to be more skillful and competent counselors in churches and Christian organizations

Curriculum

FOUNDATIONAL MODULES 9 credits
Foundations of Counseling 3
Self of the Counselor 3
Human Development 3
THEORY MODULES 9 credits
Theories and Approaches in Individual Counseling 3
Theories and Approaches in Marital and Family Therapy 3
Theories and Approaches in Group Work 3
PROFESSIONAL MODULES 6 credits
Professional Ethics 3
Appraisal, Tests and Assessments 3
SKILLS MODULES 6 credits
Core Clinical Skills I 3
Core Clinical Skills II 3
PRACTICUM MODULE 6 credits
Practicum with Supervision (100 hours) 6
FAITH INTEGRATION MODULES 6 credits
Family-based Approaches to Counseling 3
Spirituality and Counseling 3
DIVERSITY MODULES 6 credits
Divorce and Remarriage 3
Gender and Sexuality 3
SPECIALIST MODULES 6 credits
Counseling Children 3
Psychopathology 3
TOTAL 54 credits

*Each module is worth 3 credits unless otherwise stated.

Undergraduate Academic Requirements

All candidates are required to complete the following modules at undergraduate level. Exemptions will be given to candidates who are able to show transcripts of the same topics or its equivalent taken at an undergraduate level.

  • Old Testament Survey
  • New Testament Survey
  • Christian Ethics
  • Introduction to Psychology

Directed Studies (12 Credits)

This is a directed self-study (only for applicants who qualify for an Advanced Standing with an equivalent Postgraduate Diploma in Counseling or Masters Degree in a related field) of a particular subject of interest in the area of marital and family therapy or general psychology/counseling that is not offered in the curriculum. The student will have to make a proposal of the research topic/project to the program coordinator and Dean, subject to the approval of both. A faculty member will be assigned to guide, direct and evaluate the study. Alternatively, the student may do additional 4 modules in place of Directed Study.

For more information, please call Academic Office at (65) 6304 7602 or email acad@tca.edu.sg.