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Why earn a master of arts in counseling psychology?
Earn your MA in Counseling Psychology

The new master of arts in counseling psychology (MACP)—developed in response to increasing market demand—will prepare graduates for careers as culturally competent professional counselors in a variety of settings. Students will receive a strong foundation in counseling theory, acquire an understanding of the profession’s legal and ethical responsibilities, and master the skills necessary for effective assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of clients. Upon program completion, students will be prepared to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Why choose North Park University?

Why North Park?

North Park University has designed its MACP program with the working adult in mind. Accelerated evening classes allow you to continue working full-time while earning your degree. Its integration of religious issues into coursework provides a unique perspective on the role spirituality can play in the counseling process. Regardless of your undergraduate major, you will be able to immerse yourself immediately in the world of counseling psychology, learning from expert practitioners and putting newly developed skills to use in real-world, multicultural settings during your internship.

Counseling Psychology Careers

  • Counselor with mental health agency
  • Grief counselor with hospital or hospice center
  • Addictions or rehabilitation counselor
  • Spiritual counselor affiliated with a church, denomination, or church-affiliated community agency
  • Private or group practice, working with couples, families, or individuals

How it Works

You can complete our two-year MACP degree while working full time. Students at our main campus take one seven-week course at a time, taught one weekday evening for four hours, progressing steadily through the program during fall, spring, and summer terms.

Review the full program requirements for this degree.

MACP Coursework

Coursework blends theory with practice, designed to prepare you for the Licensed Professional Counselor exam in Illinois.

You will also have the opportunity to take advanced coursework in culturally-competent counseling or spiritually-oriented counseling, tailoring the program to fit your particular interests.

Review the current course schedule.

Clinical Internship

During the second year of the program, you will put theory and skills into practice through an internship placement. North Park has partnerships with a variety of internship settings, or you can seek your own internship that closely aligns with your interests. Students will complete 700 hours over two semesters, working under the supervision of a licensed counselor, delivering assessment, counseling, and related professional services.

Meet the Faculty

After six years of overseeing North Park’s undergraduate counseling psychology program, Dr. Paul Priester developed the MACP in response to a growing demand for a master’s degree that builds on our non-doctrinal Christian approach. Paul draws upon two decades of clinical experience and an expertise in culturally responsive counseling, the integration of religious and spiritual issues into psychology, and the prevention and treatment of addiction.

Learn more about Paul.

Paul Priester
Pre-Licensure Preparation

MACP coursework provides the academic preparation needed for licensure. Following program completion, including 700 hours of supervised clinical work, you will be ready to sit for the Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) examination given by the National Board of Certified Counselors, and to apply for Illinois licensure as an LPC. As an added benefit, you will have the opportunity to participate in a free weekend workshop that will prepare you for the LPC exam.

Admission Requirements

For admission to the MACP program, students must have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of GPA, required essays, references, a resume, and an interview with the program director. The GRE is not required.

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