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MAC Program Available at seven Lakeland University Campuses and Online

Lakeland University’s Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) degree is a 48-60 semester-hour professional graduate training program. The MAC program is dedicated to preparing students for one of three professional counseling areas: clinical mental health counseling, higher education counseling & student affairs or school counseling. The Master of Arts in Counseling program is designed with the working professional in mind and offers opportunities for intellectual, moral and spiritual growth. Non-degree-seeking status is available.

Lakeland University offers three graduate degrees with unmatched flexibility in formats that are convenient for you. Graduate courses typically meet once per week during the evening hours or on Saturdays over 14-week semesters in the fall and spring and 10-week semesters in the summer. Additionally, most Lakeland graduate courses are offered in the BlendEd® format, meaning you have the option of attending class in-person or accessing your course(s) and completing your work entirely Online — thus selecting a format that meets your personal needs and fits your life schedule during any given week.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 MAC program with a clinical mental health counseling emphasis meets the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services requirements for a Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The MAC 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.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) Requirements

To be considered for admission into the Master of Arts in Counseling program, the following are required:

  • An application for admission, including a $50 application fee
  • All previous official transcripts, including those indicating the completion of a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in the behavioral sciences, or nine undergraduate semester hours in courses related to human services or behavioral science with grades of “B-” or above in each of the courses
  • Two letters of recommendation indicating applicant’s potential for academic and personal social success at the graduate level (download recommendation form)
  • A two- to three-page reflection paper
  • A current resume
  • Onsite formal interview

Note: International students are required to follow additional steps. See admission advisor for more information.

Upon being admitted, and with approval of the Master of Arts in Counseling Program Director, up to 9 graduate semester hours of coursework relevant to the MAC curriculum may be accepted in transfer from regionally accredited institutions of higher education. Transfer courses must have been taken within 10 years prior to application.

Students with an undergraduate GPA above 2.5 but less than 2.75 may be accepted on a probationary basis. Please refer to the Evening, Weekend and Online Catalog for more information on probationary admission.

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