Mary L. Becerril, Ph.D., Program Director, Main Campus
Joseph D. Cook, D.Min., Program Director, DBU North
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of Arts in Counseling
The Master of Arts degree in Counseling (M.A.C.) prepares graduates to provide counseling services in a variety of settings such as community counseling centers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, college and university counseling centers, Christian counseling centers, private psychiatric hospitals, abuse shelters, churches, rehabilitation centers, and private practice. While there is an increasing interest in professional counseling, there is also a growing disillusionment with the "morally neutral" approach which is often practiced today. The M.A.C. offers a distinctively different approach to counseling by starting with Biblical presuppositions as the student develops appropriate counseling skills based on counseling theory and research.
Presently, all classes leading to the MAC degree are taught in the evening and on the weekend.
Master of Arts in Counseling Agreement Contract:
Newly admitted students will meet with the Program Director, at which time the Master of Arts in Counseling Agreement Contract will be explained and discussed. By signing this agreement contract, new students are stating their willingness to be evaluated on nine characteristics deemed necessary for the development of an ethical and competent counselor. These characteristics are implied from the expectations of professional and personal competence and responsibility as outlined by the American Counseling Association Code of Ethics (2005): openness, flexibility, positiveness, cooperativeness, willingness to use and accept feedback, awareness of impact on others, ability to deal with conflict, ability to accept personal responsibility, and ability to express feelings effectively and appropriately. In addition, the student's signature on the contract expresses agreement to attend eight counseling sessions during the first two semesters in the M.A.C. Program.
Continuance in the program past the first twelve (12) hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
In lieu of the GRE, the applicant may submit the GMAT, MAT, or other nationally-recognized aptitude test with comparable scores upon approval of the program director and the Master’s Programs Admission Committee.
There are four undergraduate-level psychology prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology or general psychology, statistics, and 6 hours of upper-level psychology. Continuance in the program past the first 18 hours is pending successful completion of these prerequisites.
Note: Church Membership Requirement for Admission to the M.A. in Counseling Program: Admission to this degree program requires a recommendation from a staff member or official in the church of which the applicant is currently a member or faithfully attends that holds Jesus Christ to be their Lord and Savior, and who hold solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture. Church Recommendation Form
Applicants desiring to transfer from a master's counseling program at another university to the M.A. in Counseling program at DBU are required to submit an official letter which states that the applicant is a student in good standing and is eligible to return and complete that program. This letter should be from the Dean or the Program Director and is to be submitted with the application to the DBU program.
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