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master of arts
in counseling


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.

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.


60 credits


Part-time: Up to five years


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.

  • Possess personal and spiritual maturity.

  • Be water baptized and involved in Christian ministry.

  • Have obtained a bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognized university/institution or Bible School/College.

  • Applicants who graduated from institutions where English is not the medium of instruction, and/or are from non-English speaking backgrounds, should submit a TOEFL score of 80 (IBT)/550 (PBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5 (or the equivalent).

  • 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.

  • Clear the admission interview.

Academic Requirements

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.



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 Christian 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 Counselling (SAC) and be recognized 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

Employment 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

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Note: Courses indicated with bullet point ❖ are electives which may not be offered annually.

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▲ Candidates are accepted into the courses offered by SOC as a cohort at the start of every academic year in Term 1.

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



Duration: Up to 5 years

Tuition Fees: SGD 22,827 


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

2) Fees quoted above are estimated based on 2024 rates and inclusive of 9% GST. 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


The MAC program runs on a cohort basis. Each cohort begins in January of each year. 


Local applicants (residing in Singapore)

International applicants


We are here to assist you should you require more information on the programs details and fees. Connect with us today:

Office hours: Mon-Fri, 9am - 530pm (excluding weekends and Public Holidays)

Phone: +65 6304-7602


Text: +65 8817 6154 (WhatsApp messages only)

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