Start on your terms

Students can choose to begin in the Fall, Spring, or Summer semesters. The entire program will take two to three years. Students will take one or two 7-week online courses at a time for a total of 60 credits. Learning activities will involve approximately 13 to 16 hours of the student's time investment each week. Students working full time are suggested to take only one course at a time.

This program can lead to licensure in most states. It is the sole responsibility of the student, not the program, to obtain information regarding prerequisites for licensure as outlined by their particular state board of counseling. To obtain your state’s web address, view State Licensure Boards. The following states do not accept online programs: IL, KS, MO, NH.

Term Start Date
Fall August 2017

Transformation through relational education.

To earn your Master’s in Counseling degree, you’ll be taking 60 units of classes and selecting which 6 units of electives are the best fit for you. You will be supported through virtual classroom sessions with your professors and classmates, and through experientially-focused assignments that connect you with fellow students.

  • Core Courses
  • 45 Units
  • COUN 600: Personal Development Skills Process Group
  • 3
Students will participate in a process group training experience led by a trained faculty facilitator. Students will grow in the critical relational skills that are necessary to counsel effectively, have vulnerable interaction and receive targeted feedback from members. Students will have a safe, confidential place for personal character development.
  • COUN 601: Human Growth and Development
  • 3
The study of individual and family development across the lifespan. An examination of cognitive, personality and moral development throughout life stages, as well as strategies for facilitating optimal development.
  • COUN 602: Theory and Techniques of Counseling
  • 3
An investigation of significant counseling theories and their application to the helping relationship. The study of basic and advanced helping skills and client characteristics that impact change in the helping process. Additional emphasis will be placed on consultation theory and practice.
  • COUN 603: Clinical Psychopathology and Diagnosis
  • 3
The study of the psychopathological conditions that lead to the development of mental disorders. A thorough examination of the diagnostic criterion of mental disorders according to the current edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual and the International Classification of Diseases. Students will learn advanced therapy techniques that build character structure in their clients leading to symptom reduction.
  • COUN 604: Theory and Practice of Groups
  • 3
The study of group theory, dynamics, process and stages. An examination of group roles, member behaviors and leadership as well as basic and advanced group interventions.
  • COUN 605: Legal, Ethical and Professional Issues
  • 3
The study of the history, professional roles and responsibilities of the counseling profession, including ethical, legal and Christian standards/principles for conduct. An examination of professional organizations, preparation, credentialing and the creation of a plan for lifelong professional and personal development.
  • COUN 606: Foundations and Contextual Dimensions of Mental Health Counseling
  • 3
An investigation of the history, philosophy and cultural dimensions of mental health counseling, including the roles and identity of mental health counselors, ethical considerations and the training and credentialing of mental health counselors. Includes professional issues and practice guidelines for the mental health counselor, including conducting community needs assessments and creating and overseeing community interventions to address those needs.
  • COUN 607: Social and Cultural Foundations
  • 3
The study of the social and cultural foundations of the attitudes and behavior of individuals, families and diverse groups. An emphasis on multicultural awareness and strategies that promote understanding and effective interventions.
  • COUN 608: Models and Application of Integration
  • 3
The study of integration models and the application of these models to the practice of Christian counseling. Included is the basic assumptions of Christianity and psychology, the nature of the Christian experience and the direct application of the major teachings of the Bible to helping relationships.
  • COUN 609: Theory and Practice of Assessment
  • 3
The study of the history, theory and application of tests and other assessment methods that provide an understanding and evaluation of individuals, families and groups. An examination of appraisal measures, including validity, reliability and other relevant psychometric statistics.
  • COUN 610: Advanced Skills of Mental Health Counseling
  • 3
A thorough examination of treatment and prevention of mental disorders. Develop the skills for conducting an intake, treatment planning, termination and assessing mental and emotional status. Application of modalities such as crisis intervention, brief, intermediate and long-term approaches. Prerequisite: must be taken in conjunction with practicum or internship.
  • COUN 611: Foundations of Crisis and Trauma Counseling
  • 3
This course is designed to introduce students to basic crisis intervention strategies. The course addresses fundamental crisis intervention theory and offers practical applications in various crisis situations. Students will explore various assessment, intervention and crisis treatment issues. Special emphasis will be placed on the impact of trauma on the individual, family and community. Students will engage in crisis intervention role-plays and practice applying specific interventions in crisis scenarios. Also, students will learn and engage in specialized skills, methods and interventions for working with those suffering with traumatic stress.
  • COUN 612: Career and Lifestyle Development
  • 3
An investigation of career development theory, including career decision-making, gender, family and social/cultural issues. Additional emphasis on career counseling theory and practice as well as the use of assessment instruments that facilitate lifelong career development.
  • COUN 613: Foundations of Addiction Counseling
  • 3
The study of the issues that contribute to various addictive behaviors. Assessment, diagnosis, treatment and prevention of addictions, as well as various models of recovery.
  • COUN 614: Methods and Practice of Research and Evaluation
  • 3
An examination of basic research methods and practice, including quantitative and qualitative designs, research reporting and evaluation, ethical considerations and the use of computers in data collection and analysis. Additional emphasis on need assessment and program evaluation.
  • Clinical Courses
  • 9 Units
  • COUN 640: Supervised Practicum
  • 3
A supervised counseling experience providing the opportunity to practice individual, family and group counseling skills in a clinic setting. The 100-hour practicum requires a minimum of 50 direct client contact hours and includes weekly individual and group supervision from a University supervisor. Prerequisites: COUN 601-605
  • COUN 641: Supervised Internship
  • 3
The opportunity to practice and provide a variety of counseling related activities that would normally be expected of a regularly employed counselor. The 300-hour internship requires a minimum of 150 direct client contact hours and includes weekly individual and group supervision from a site and University supervisor. Grading: Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory. Prerequisite: COUN 640
  • COUN 642: Supervised Internship
  • 3
See COUN 641: for course description. Prerequisite: COUN 641
  • Select two Elective Courses from the options below
  • 6 Units
  • COUN 621: Psychopharmacology
  • 3
An investigation of the basic classifications and indications of commonly prescribed psychopharmacological medications. The study of the appropriate uses of these medications, as well as the identification of their effects and side effects.
  • COUN 622: Foundations of Spiritual Formation and Direction
  • 3
An investigation of the history, traditions and application of spiritual formation/direction. Emphasis on the knowledge and application of the spiritual disciplines such as prayer, meditation, study, solitude, fasting, etc.; as well as the practice of directing the spiritual growth of others.
  • COUN 623: Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • 3
The history and philosophy of the marriage and family therapy movement, including roles and identity of marriage and family therapists, marriage and family systems and practice, ethical considerations and the training and credentialing of marriage and family therapists.
  • COUN 624: Level 1 Clinical Training: Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • 3
A thorough examination of the data generated by Dr. John Gottman’s research that offers a scientifically-based glimpse into the anatomy of couple relationships. Explore the Gottman Sound Relationship House theory and how to achieve the three main goals of the Gottman Method: modify conflict, enhance friendship and create shared meaning. The acquisition of beginning therapeutic skills and tools to help couples build stronger, happier relationships. An investigation of how the Gottman Method integrates with the Christian world view.
  • COUN 625: Level 2 Clinical Training: Gottman Method Couples Therapy
  • 3
The study of advanced therapeutic interventions using the Gottman method. Investigate the different inventories used to assess a couple’s Friendship, Conflict and Shared Meanings profile. A thorough examination of strategies to help couples who might have one of the five different co-morbidities that are associated with distressed couples. An investigation of how these advanced principles integrate with the Christian world view.
  • COUN 626: Foundations of Play Therapy
  • 3
An introduction to the field of play therapy for both graduate students and clinical practitioners working with children, adolescents and adults. Emphasis on the history of play therapy, its primary theoretical models and general applications. This class provides credits that can be applied to instruction necessary to become a Registered Play Therapist (RPT).
  • COUN 627: Intimacy, Sexuality and Gender
  • 3
The theological and psychological study of human interaction in relationships with emphasis on intimacy and sexuality. Additional areas of study include gender issues, sexual identity formation and the prevention and treatment of sexual abuse for both perpetrators and survivors.
  • COUN 628: Advanced Internship
  • 3
See COUN 641 for course description. Prerequisite: COUN 642
  • COUN 629: Internship Completion
  • 3
This course is a continuation of the Internship experience. This course becomes necessary if the student has not completed the requirement of direct clinical hours. Students will be required to enroll for the following credits based upon the number of direct hours needed: 0-50 direct credits needed (1 credit); 51-99 credit credits needed (2 credit); or 100 or more direct credits needed (3 credits). Prerequisite: COUN 653
  • COUN 630 Independent Study in Counseling
  • 1-3
An individualized study agreed upon by the student and faculty member that allow the student to focus on a specific area of knowledge or service to a particular population. Integrates research, theory and practice with the Christian faith.


A deep bench of experience

When you make a choice to invest in your future by continuing your education, you want to be sure your time is well spent. That’s where the Townsend Institute at Concordia University, Irvine offers a distinct advantage. Here, you will learn from a group of extraordinarily talented author-teachers with extensive knowledge on who were are as human beings created in the image of God. We choose faculty with real-world experience and Fellows who bring deep understanding through the subjects they write on, and their ongoing research. They not only offer their expertise, but their availability to answer your questions as you work through the course material. Along with your cohort, you will journey together through a transformational experience in the MAC program.

Tuition and Fees

2017-2018 Tuition and fees are listed here for your convenience, but are subject to change without notice.

Tuition/Fee Cost
Application Fee $50
Graduation Fee $184
Tuition $520/unit

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