Lakeland University Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)

Lakeland University’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: clinical mental health, 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.

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)

Program Details

Courses are available in 14-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 clinical mental health 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.

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Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) Requirements

To be considered for admission into the M.A. 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
  • One of the following:
    • A cumulative grade point average of 2.75 on a 4.0 scale, or
    • Score of 420 on the Miller Analogy Test, or
    • GPA of at least a 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and a GPA of 3.0 in the final 48 credits of undergraduate degree or
    • Completion of six or more credits of program-approved post-baccalaureate courses. These courses must be at the advanced undergraduate or graduate level, taken within last five years with a grade of B or better (B- not acceptable).
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree in the behavioral sciences, or 9 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 success at the graduate level
  • A two- to three-page personal statement
  • A current resume
  • Onsite formal interview
  • A completed background check.

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

Upon being admitted, and with approval of the M.A.C. program director, up to 9 graduate semester hours of coursework relevant to the M.A.C. 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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