Become an Agent of Social Change with a Counseling Degree from MACU

If you feel that God has called you to serve those who are struggling with psychological, social or behavioral issues, your Master of Science in Counseling from Mid-America Christian University can pave the way towards licensure. MACU offers a variety of choices for your MS in Counseling degree. You can choose from three distinct emphasis programs for your Counseling degree, including: 

MS in Counseling - Addiction & Substance Abuse Counseling

MS in Counseling - Marital, Couples & Family Counseling

MS in Counseling - Clinical Mental Health Counseling (LPC)

Why pursue a Counseling degree from MACU? 

  • MACU's Counseling degree programs were recently recognized by as one of the best in the U.S. for educational excellence, affordability and faculty quality
  • Combine professional critical thinking and a Christian faith-based approach when offering counseling in secular and ministry settings
  • Learn leading-edge mental health theories and treatment approaches from real-world counselors and psychology professionals
  • 85% of MACU graduates were offered jobs where they completed their practicum or internship! 
  • Take your classes one at a time, evenings on campus or 100% online

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Major Course Topics

Alcohol and Drug Addiction

The foundation of the study of addiction counseling requires the understanding of human behavior and how it applies to addiction and elements of substance abuse. This course presents a comprehensive framework of the history and development of addiction. 

Addiction in the Family Counseling

A major focus of this course is for students to learn to skillfully perform addiction and substance abuse counseling including the adaptation of individual, group, marital, and family treatment techniques.

Pharmacology of Drugs of Abuse 

The counselor who treats addiction and substance requires a strong foundational knowledge of the nature of drugs of abuse and their impact. This course focuses on basic behavioral pharmacology; the behavioral analysis of drug effects;
tolerance and conditioning of drug effects; the nervous system and neurological functioning as it relates to psychological disorders, the effects of medications and other substances on the individual’s cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral functioning; and characteristics of dependence and addiction.

Addiction in the Family and Assessment Theory

Counselors, working with individuals and families involving addiction, require a comprehensive understanding of theories of addiction, assessment and diagnosis, treatment setting and planning, and the etiological theories of substance abuse. Students will study the major theories and methods currently employed in the assessment and treatment of substance abuse and addiction. An emphasis is placed on the evaluation of substance abuse patterns and the assessment of various treatment alternatives.


Our accelerated courses can be completed in as little as five weeks, allowing you to finish your degree quickly. Take one class at a time so you can focus on your career dreams.


With classes available 100% online or one night a week in the evenings, there is always time to fit school into your busy schedule. Our classes utilize a state-of-the art learning management system to help simplify and centralize your education.


MACU tuition costs 20% less than private universities nationwide. We are dedicated to making a great Christian education accessible, so we offer convenient payment plans and other opportunities for financial assistance. 

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