Lakeland University Admission Requirements

Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC)

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, higher education counseling or school counseling. The MAC 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 12-week semesters—in the classroom, hybrid, 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 MAC 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 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.

*Not every state grants reciprocity for certification or licensure to applicants. Students who plan to seek employment as counselors in states other than Wisconsin are advised to contact the school or agency in that state which certifies or licenses counselors in the appropriate setting.

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Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) Requirements

General Graduate Admission Requirements

To be considered for admission into a graduate program at Lakeland University, an applicant must submit:

  • A completed Application for Admission and a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.
  • All official transcripts from undergraduate coursework including an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution of higher education indicating completion of a baccalaureate degree with a minimum cumulative grade point-average (GPA) of 2.75 on a 4.00 point scale.
  • Military transcripts, if applicable.
  • Two letters of recommendation indicating the applicant’s potential for success in the graduate program. M.A. in Counseling applicants must use the program-specific form.

Specific Admission Requirements for the Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) Program

Additional requirements to those listed above under General Admission Requirements:

  • An application with a non-behavioral science undergraduate degree is required to show evidence of nine (9) semester hours with grades of "B-" or better in coursework related to human services or behavioral sciences.
  • A completed personal essay
  • A current resume
  • A formal on-site interview
  • Submission of a Criminal Background Check via CastleBranch

Note: Candidates with a GPA below 2.75 but at 2.5 or above are encouraged to talk with a William R. Kellett School admission advisor.

Upon being admitted, and with approval of the MAC program director, up to 9 graduate semester hours of coursework at a “B” or better and 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

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