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Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

Earn your MA in Counseling Psychology

The MACP prepares 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 eligible to apply for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor.


48 credit hours
15 required three-credit classes
1 elective
700 hours of internship
Full program requirements

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

Faculty Spotlight: Dr. Michael DeVries

Dr. Michael DeVries, who directs the MACP program, has been a licensed clinical psychologist in Illinois for over 30 years and maintains a clinical practice with Olive Branch Counseling Associates in Tinley Park, Illinois. Dr. DeVries brings a wide range of clinical experience to his teaching. He is deeply committed to the integration of spirituality into the counseling process and is dedicated to the development of interculturally competent professional counselors.

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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. You can also seek your own internship that closely aligns with your interests and meets North Park internship criteria. Students will complete 700 hours over two semesters, working under the supervision of a licensed counselor, delivering assessment, counseling, and related professional services.

How it Works

The MACP program is based on a cohort model and can be completed in as little as two years. Students at our main campus take 7-week courses, taught one to two weeknights per course for four hours. In the second year of the program students must complete an off-campus, 700-hour internship while attending internship classes one night a week on campus.

MACP Coursework

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

You will also have the opportunity to take advanced coursework in multi-cultural counseling and spiritually integrated counseling, tailoring the program to fit your particular interests.

Pre-Licensure Preparation

MACP curriculum conforms to the State of Illinois requirements for Licensed Professional Counselors. Upon completion of the MACP program, students may apply for eligibility to take the Licensed Professional Counselor exam given by the National Board of Certified Counselors. Students expecting to be licensed in states other than Illinois should examine specific requirements in each state.

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.


MACP Viewbook

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