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Master of Arts in Counseling | Graduate Degree Program

Master of Arts in Counseling


Master of Arts in Counseling

Earn your counseling graduate degree online at Ottawa University and prepare for a career making a positive impact in the lives of others.

About Ottawa’s Online Master’s in Counseling Program

By nature, those called to service as a counselor must have a strong desire to help others. They should be able to inspire respect, trust, and confidence while providing the opportunities others need to heal, overcome addictions and work through troubles spots in their lives.

If you’re looking for an online master’s degree program in counseling, consider choosing Ottawa University. Through a combination of online coursework and a residency component, you can develop the knowledge and skills you need to become a confident and compassionate counseling professional.

Degree Requirements

To make completing your coursework easier, we’ve divided our online Master of Arts in Counseling degree into a recommended yearly schedule, which includes a field placement component consisting of nine semester credit hours, completed in eight terms, for a total of 900 client contact hours. During the field component portion of this program, you will work in a community behavioral health agency for approximately 15 hours per week and get hands-on, in-person experience.

To be eligible to start field placement, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Completed no less than 18 semester credit hours
  • Taken and earned no less than a “B” in the following four courses
    • Counseling Theories
    • Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling
    • Counseling and the Helping Professions
    • Advanced Psychodiagnostics, Treatment Planning and Program Evaluation
  • Be in “good standing,” academically. You cannot be on academic probation or considered as provisional acceptance status.

If you’re looking for online counseling degrees, our counseling program could be right for you. Ottawa University offers a Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) program for online learners. While the majority of coursework is completed online, students are required to attend 2 weeklong residencies in Phoenix, Arizona. The MAC program is designed to meet the educational requirements, in the states of Arizona and Wisconsin, for licensure as an associate counselor. Applicants who reside outside the state of Arizona or Wisconsin should review their state's licensure requirements. International students interested in the Master of Arts in Counseling should click here for more information on applying.

For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.

For more information about earning your master’s in counseling at Ottawa University or any requirements for joining the program, contact us today.

Master of Arts in Counseling Required Courses

Graduate Counseling Seminar in Clinical Foundations | 
Provides an overview addressing necessary foundations in the content areas of abnormal psychology,
developmental psychology, and theories of personality. Introduction to APA style and format.

Counseling Theories | 
Examination of theories of personality development and therapeutic processes. Consideration of techniques for counseling applications and professional consultation.

Social/Cultural Concerns in Counseling | 
Study of social, cultural and gender differences and issues related to counseling clients with various backgrounds, beliefs and concerns. Includes multicultural counseling techniques.

Counseling and the Helping Professions |
Examines counseling process, instruction and practice in communication skills in counseling, history, development and practice of counseling as a profession, and how and where counseling is provided.

Human Growth and Development | 
Examination of psychological, social, intellectual, and physical influences on the development of personality and behavior patterns in children, adolescents and adults.

Group Counseling and Dynamics | 
Theories of group counseling. Includes techniques of observation, assessment and leadership in therapeutic groups.

Methods and Models of Research | 
Examination of models of research and application of scientific methods to investigate, analyze, and develop solutions relative to current issues in the field.

Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling |
Study of ethical, legal and professional concerns in the practice of counseling.

Psychological Testing | 
Examines use of standardized tests to study individuals, including test development, selection, administration and interpretation. Includes educational and mental health applications.

Life Planning and Career Development | 
Focus on theory, research, techniques and tools used in life planning, transitions and career development.

Theory/Techniques in Marriage and Family Counseling |
Examination of traditional and contemporary theories of family systems and approaches to marriage and family counseling.

Advanced Psychodiagnostic and Treatment Planning | 
As a preparation for Clinical Internship, students will expand their knowledge of the multi-axial system, DSM-IV/DSM-IV-TR diagnostic categories, differential diagnosis, and treatment planning. Emphasis will also be placed on the clinical interview and other initial assessment techniques, as well as skills critical to selecting and evaluating treatment options.

Intro to Substance Addictions and Related Disorders | 
Introduction to patterns, causes, assessment and treatment of substance abuse and other addictive disorders. Student begins preparation of required portfolio.

Practicum | 
300 hours and two semesters.

Internship | 
600 hours and three semesters.

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