Master of Arts in Counseling
Are you interested in pursuing a degree in counseling? By nature, those called to a career as a counselor have a strong desire to help others and should be able to inspire respect, trust and confidence. In the human services field, counselors work in diverse community settings providing a variety of counseling, rehabilitation and support services. Their duties vary greatly as there are many specific areas a counselor may choose to specialize in, ranging from arts therapy to trauma counseling, and more.
Ottawa University’s Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) hybrid degree program includes 39 credit hours of core classes, 15 credit hours of concentration/elective courses and nine credit hours of field placement experience that will prepare students to apply for licensure in their state. Graduates of the MAC program are well-qualified professionals who have advanced their intellectual and academic development and have developed a greater understanding and knowledge of concepts, ideas and information in the profession through research, examination, inquiry and application.
To streamline the program, Ottawa University's Counseling Masters program is divided into a recommended yearly schedule with the 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, students will work in a community behavioral health agency for approximately 15-20 hours per week to gain hands-on experience.
The MA in Counseling program curriculum is designed to meet the educational requirements for counselor licensure in the states of Arizona, Kansas and Wisconsin. Requirements vary by state. It is the responsibility of the student to contact their state’s licensure or certification authority to assure that the degree meets their state’s requirements.
The post-master’s Certificates of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) is a program reserved for master’s level professionals who have received a master’s degree in counseling or a related field.
Graduate students pursuing the Master of Arts in Counseling degree have the opportunity to gain deeper knowledge in a specialty area by completing 15 hours in one of four concentration areas. You can tailor your MAC degree with one of the following counseling specialties:
• Expressive Arts Therapy
• Treatment of Trauma Abuse & Deprivation
Not all concentrations are available at all locations. Please consult your advisor regarding your options for MAC concentrations where you live.
Why Earn a Masters in Counseling?
"Perhaps the greatest benefit to attaining a masters in counseling is that you are choosing a career path in which you help people live better lives. The rewards are fundamental to why one chooses to be a counselor. You will be helping people cope on a daily basis and will often see the results firsthand. In addition to impacting the lives of others and working in a field that you love, you will have the opportunity to explore new challenges and learn new things about yourself." - American Counseling Association
For curriculum and course descriptions please download a program overview.
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