Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

Master of Arts in Christian Counseling

Focus Highlights

The Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC) equips church leaders with a high degree of competency in counseling ministries. The MACC distinguishes itself from the typical secular counseling program by including coursework that assists the student in developing a Christian biblical and theological framework. The MACC requires 50 credit hours of study and is available at the Los Angeles Campus.

Ministry Path

The MACC degree will prepare students to serve as Christian counselors in a variety of church-related settings. It is a non-licensure two-year professional master's degree. This degree is not designed to fulfill the California state requirements that allow a person to seek credentialing as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) or a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT).

Why a MACC at Gateway Seminary?

The MACC program seeks to guide students to:

  • Develop a philosophy of Christian counseling consistent with a biblical perspective of mental health and mental disorders.
  • Develop a sufficient Christian biblical and theological framework to provide safe and effective counseling ministries in global environments.
  • Analyze the major theories in psychology and counseling to enhance effectiveness with individuals, marriages, and families.
  • Apply the Bible to counseling ministries based on a graduate-level understanding of the Bible’s content, context, structure, and message.
  • Apply practical counseling skills within a ministry context that integrates current counseling theories and evidence-based practices with biblical insights.


A regionally accredited bachelor’s degree or its equivalent.

Master's by Exception

Gateway Seminary will consider applicants lacking an accredited undergraduate degree for admission to its basic master's degrees. A student must request admission under this provision in writing through the Office of Enrollment and may initiate this request only after all qualifying criteria have been met:

•  Students requesting a master's by exception must be at least 30 years of age at the time of the submitted request.

•  Applicants must demonstrate their ability to do graduate-level work by entering the Seminary as a diploma student and by completing at least 20 hours of Gateway Seminary coursework required in the master’s degree sought (at least 6 hours of introductory courses in New Testament, Old Testament, history, or theology) with a minimum GPA of 3.2. Electives, transfer credits and ADVANCE courses may not be used to satisfy this requirement.

•  This provision will not be granted to previous students who graduated with diploma degrees.