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master of arts
in counseling

OVERVIEW

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program prepares Christian counselors with the knowledge, skill, and insight to practice counseling in churches or clinical settings within the social service sector, education sector, community counseling services and private practice.


The curriculum integrates the Christian faith and values, biblical, psychological and counseling theory, personal spiritual formation and professional practice. Students are expected to engage in their own personal counseling* for their own growth. 


The MAC has been recognized by Singapore Association for Counselling (SAC) since November 2013. The Postgraduate Diploma in Counseling (PDC) which preceded the MAC was recognized by SAC in January 2011. However, with effect from 2016, the PDC was discontinued and no longer offered.


The MAC at TCA College was approved for inclusion on the International Registry of Counselor Education Programs (IRCEP) – an international affiliate of The Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP) – from July 2014 through December 31, 2021.


SOC offers this academic program as a master’s degree for students who have completed a bachelor’s degree or its equivalent from other universities or institutions of higher learning.

*Students may approach the Lecturers for referrals to practitioners for personal counseling.

Credits

54 credits

Duration

Part-time (Local): Up to five years

Full-time (international): Three years

Recognition

Singapore Association for Counselling
International Registry of Counsellor Education Programs

General Aims

  • Provide students with specialized, professional training to be counseling practitioners and contribute to the counseling fraternity in Singapore.

  • 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, culturally sensitive and ethical in practice.

  • Train and equip counseling practitioners to be more skillful and competent counselors in churches and Christian organizations in the postmodern context.

Admission 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’s degree in any field from a recognized university/institution or Bible School/College.

  • Applicants who wish to transfer credits from courses completed in a postgraduate degree in a related field will go through a matriculation process. Upon the approval to transfer credits, applicants need to complete a minimum of ten courses offered by SOC in order to graduate with the MAC.

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

  • Clear the admission interview.

Academic Requirements

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

  • Old Testament Survey (Audit)*

  • New Testament Survey (Audit)*

  • Christian Ethics (Credit)*

  • Introduction to Psychology (Credit)

 

*Three of the academic requirements listed are offered by School of Theology (English) [SOTE] at TCA College. Completing these three courses lay a sound foundation for integrating biblically informed principles into students’ professional practice.

 

Students are required to progress through the courses listed in the MAC curriculum and achieve a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 in order to graduate.

Anticipated

Outcomes

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

  • Apply to be a Student Member of the Singapore Association for Counselling and the Association for Chritian Counsellors (Singapore) while they are students with TCA College.

  • Apply to be a Professional Member with the Association for Christian Counsellors (ACCS) upon graduation.

  • 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

Career Opportunities

Our graduates pursue professional counseling careers in the following areas:
• Social service sector
• Education sector
• Community counseling
• Private practice

• Church-based counseling

• Pastoral counseling

Projected Study Schedule

IMPORTANT POINTS 

❖ Candidates are accepted into the courses offered by SOC as a cohort at the start of every academic year in Term 1.
❖ Candidates may opt to enroll in courses offered by SOTE prior to beginning the SOC courses.
❖ With the exception of audit courses and unless otherwise stated, each course listed in the curriculum is worth three credits.
❖ Audit courses will be reflected as either pass or fail on students’ transcripts.

FINANCIAL INFORMATION

full-time (INTERNATIONAL)

Duration: 3 years

Tuition Fees: SGD 22,685

 

Notes:

1) Fees are payable each term based on the number of courses taken for the term.  

2) Fees quoted above are estimated based on 2021 rates. They include 18 courses and 4 pre-requisite courses. Cost of textbooks are not included here.  

3) Fees are revised annually. 

4) International students will need to take into consideration living expenses and other related fees incurred from staying in Singapore on a student pass. 

part-time
(LOCAL) 

Duration: Up to 5 years

Tuition Fees: SGD 22,685

Notes:

1) Fees are payable each term based on the number of courses taken for the term.  

2) Fees quoted above are estimated based on 2021 rates. They include 18 courses and 4 pre-requisite courses. Cost of textbooks are not included here.  

3) Fees are revised annually. 

For a detailed listing of fees involved, please refer to the Financial Information

APPLICATION

The MAC program runs on a cohort basis. Each cohort begins in January of each year. However, applicant may choose to commence the program in any term before the cohort begins by taking the pre-requisite courses first. 

 

Local applicants (residing in Singapore)

International applicants

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Phone: +65 6304-7602

Email: admin@tca.edu.sg

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