Master of Arts in Counseling
Lakeland College's master of arts in counseling (M.A.C.) degree is a 48-semester-hour professional graduate training program. The M.A.C. program is dedicated to preparing students for one of three professional counseling areas: community counseling, higher education counseling or school counseling. The M.A.C. program is designed with the working professional in mind and offers opportunities for intellectual, moral and spiritual growth. Non-degree-seeking status is available.
Courses are available in 12-week semesters — in the classroom, BlendEd® and/or online. Instructors are practicing professionals — many holding terminal degrees - who blend experiential learning with in-class instruction. Practicums and internships afford ample time for observation and client contact. The M.A.C. program with a community counseling emphasis meets the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services requirements for a Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The M.A.C. program with a school counseling emphasis is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and is approved for licensure and certification as a Wisconsin school counselor.
Lakeland also offers a non-degree seeking category for those wishing to strengthen an existing major, develop a new area of interest, or complete professional requirements.
Non-degree seeking Master of Arts in Counseling Program registration
In addition to the standard full-time and part-time classifications for students who have been accepted into the M.A.C. program, there is also a classification for non-degree-seeking students. Registrations for non-degree-seeking students are permitted for students who would like to strengthen an existing major, develop a new area of interest, or complete requirements for a new profession.
This status is reserved for those who, at the time of application for this status, are not pursuing nor have any intention of pursuing a M.A.C. degree at Lakeland College. Non-degree-seeking students who decide to pursue a M.A.C. degree at Lakeland must apply for admission prior to enrolling in more than six credits within the program. Students taking more than six credits with non-degree-seeking status will be denied the opportunity to enter the M.A.C. program at a later date. Students granted non-degree-seeking status are allowed to register for up to 12 credits. Successful enrollment of courses while enrolled as a non-degree-seeking student does not guarantee admission into the program.
Non-degree-seeking student status is available to candidates who possess a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution. A minimum of a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA is required. In order to be considered for non-degree-seeking status, candidates must complete a Graduate Admission Application and are subject to the following unique policies:
- All students taking between 3-12 credits of course work as a non-degree-seeking student must meet the admission requirements to the M.A.C. program, including the completion of nine credits of coursework in behavioral sciences or human services with grades of B- or better.
- Non-degree-seeking students are not allowed to register for more than 12 credits in the M.A.C. program.
- Typically, federal financial aid is not available.
- Applicants for non-degree-seeking status must complete the Evening Weekend and Online application. This application can be found online and must be approved by the M.A.C. program director.
- Practicums, internships and independent study courses are not available to non-degree-seeking students.
- Non-degree-seeking students must meet all identified course pre-requisites for the courses in which they enroll.
Please contact an admissions advisor at one of our seven centers for more information about becoming a non-degree-seeking student, including tuition costs.
REQUIRED CORE COURSEWORK (48 semester hours)
- CN 710 Introduction to Counseling & Ethics
- CN 714 Multiculturalism & the Practice of Counseling
- CN 716 Lifespan Development & Counseling: An Integration
- CN 718 Psychopathology
- CN 724 Counseling Methods & Ethics
- CN 726 Counseling Theories
- CN 728 Psychometrics & Assessment
- CN 734 Research Methods & Program Evaluation
- CN 736 Counseling Children & Adolescents
- CN 738 Group Therapy
- CN 739 Career Counseling & Development
- CN 744 Crisis Intervention & Conflict Resolution
Complete one of the following areas of emphasis:
School Counseling Emphasis
(Prepares students for DPI certification as a PK-12 school counselor)
- CN 765 Seminar: Structure and Organization of School Counseling
- CN 766 Practicum (125 clock hours)
- CN 767 Internship I (300 clock hours)
- CN 768 Internship II (300 clock hours)
Community Counseling Emphasis
(Meets Wisconsin state credential requirements for a professional counselor license)
- CN 775 Seminar: Structure and Organization of Community Counseling
- CN 776 Practicum (125 clock hours)
- CN 777 Internship I (300 clock hours)
- CN 778 Internship II (300 clock hours)
Higher Education Counseling Emphasis
- CN 785 Seminar: Structure and Organization of Higher Education Counseling
- CN 786 Practicum (125 clock hours)
- CN 787 Internship I (300 clock hours)
- CN 788 Internship II (300 clock hours)
- CN 752 Psychopharmacology
EARN GRADUATE CREDITS AS A NON-DEGREE-SEEKING STUDENT
The M.A.C. program also offers a number of graduate courses that will help you meet your professional development or continued licensing goals. For more information on registering for a course or courses as a non-degree-seeking student, please contact an admission advisor at a Lakeland location near you.
The The Master of Arts in Counseling (M.A.C.) degree is currently offered at all of Lakeland College Centers, and through Lakeland College Online™. Most courses are also offered BlendEd®.
- Sheboygan Center
- Milwaukee Center
- Madison Center
- Green Bay Center
- Fox Cities Center
- Central Wisconsin Center
- Chippewa Valley Center