Master of Arts in Counseling

This is an online program with a partial residency requirement.  The residency component will take place at Ottawa University in Ottawa, Kansas during summer months. 

The MAC is designed to meet the requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors and Related Professionals (NBCC) and the Arizona Board of Behavioral Health Examiners. Licensing/certification requirements vary state to state. Students are responsible for checking the requirements for their respective states.

Degree Requirements

Requirements for this partial residency program are divided into the recommended yearly schedules.

Field Placement is the training component of the counseling degree program. Students are required to complete 9 semester credit hours, in 8 terms, accumulating no less than 900 client contact hours.  This translates to approximately 15 hours a week at a community behavioral health agency plus class time.

To be eligible to begin Field Placement a student must have:

  1. Completed no less than 18 semester credit hours
  2. Taken and earned no less than a “B” in the following 4 courses
    1. Counseling Theories
    2. Professional and Ethical Issues in Counseling
    3. Counseling and the Helping Professions
    4. Advanced Psychodiagnostics, Treatment Planning and Program Evaluation
  3. Be in “Good Standing” The student cannot be on academic probation or considered as Provisional Acceptance Status

Students are required to follow a specific process to enroll in field placement. The Field Placement process changes over time. Changes made to Field Placement are done so in an effort do what is in the best interest of clients served and our students. Students will be responsible for completing the field process, as it is defined, at the time they begin the field placement process.  

Field Placement processes and relevant deadlines are located in the “Grad Counseling” blackboard course shell. 

Year One Requirements

PYF 7001GRAD CNSLNG SMNR IN CLNCL FNDTNS

PYC 7922COUNSELING THEORIES

PYF 7162METHODS AND MODELS OF RESEARCH

PYF 8012PROF AND ETHICAL ISSUES IN COUNSELING

PYC 8040ADV PSYCHODIAGNOSTIC&TRTMT PLAN

PYC 7832HUMAN GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT

PYC 7822LIFE PLANNING & CAREER DEV

PYC 8142INTRO TO SBSTNC ABUSE, ADDCTN &

PYC 7802PSYCHOLOGICAL TESTING

PYC 8112THRY/TECH MARRIAGE & FMLY CNSLNG

Year One Residency Requirements

PYF 7132CNSLNG & THE HELPING PROFESSIONS

PYC 7932GROUP COUNSELING & DYNAMICS

Year Two Requirements

PYC 8082FUND/THRY TRAUMA, ABUSE & DEPR

PYC 8122HUMAN SEXUALITY

PYC 7852ABNORMAL PSYCHOLOGY

PYC 7392PERSPECTIVES ON AGING

PYC 8092INTGRTN OF PSYCH & CHRISTIANITY

PYF 8600FIELD PLACEMENT

PYF 8610FIELD PLACEMENT (CONTINUED)

PYF 8600 and PYF 8610 are repeated multiple times in order to meet the required 900 hours of field placement.

Year Two Residency Requirements

PYC 7422SOCL/CULTRL CONCERNS IN CNSLNG

PYF 8512MA COMPREHENSIVE EXAM

36 hours of Professional Growth Seminars

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