Frequently Asked Questions - M.A. in Christian Counseling

    How much counseling experience must I have to start the program at RTS?
    Students come to RTS Charlotte with a wide variety of counseling experience. Some have been ministering as counselors for years and desire to receive further training to help them care for God’s people. Others come with little experience, but a deep desire to gain the skills and knowledge needed for ministry. Both kinds of students are welcomed and will be enriched through the counseling program.

    Do you teach from a “biblical counseling” perspective?
    In a word, yes. Our program shares the same counseling philosophy held in common by Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) and the Biblical Counseling Coalition (BCC). Our program is based upon the belief that the wisest words a counselor can speak are those from the Scriptures, as they were written to help men and women with the most difficult problems in their lives. We believe that other disciplines can be helpful as we seek to counsel, but the Bible is ultimately sufficient for Christians to live out “every good work” that God calls his people to (2 Tim 3:17).

    Can I get my degree without moving to Charlotte?
    Yes! We designed our Summer/Winter MACC specifically for students who aren’t able to move to Charlotte. This way you can stay in your church, ministry, and job and still get your degree. Through this program, you can take the majority of your biblical and theological studies courses online and then intensive counseling courses in person twice a year in Charlotte. The Summer/Winter MACC gives you the opportunity to enjoy face-to-face education, while also providing the flexibility you need to earn your degree from a distance.

    How long will it take me to complete the MACC program?
    A full-time traditional student will complete the MACC program in 2 years. Summer/Winter students study part-time and can receive their degree in 4 years. Many students opt to complete their degree in longer periods, not to exceed 7 years.

    Why should I consider the dual degree MDiv/MACC?
    The MDiv degree rightly focuses on equipping students to rightly interpret and proclaim the Word of God. The MACC continues this preparation through building skills in applying that biblical knowledge to people’s lives. Just as the MDiv trains students in the craft of public proclamation, the MACC trains students for private counseling.

    What can graduates do upon graduation with a MACC?
    There are over thirty different possible career fields with those pursuing a MACC! Click here for a list of how this degree can be used.

    Am I eligible for financial aid?
    Financial aid is available in the form of church partnerships, ministry partnerships, and other forms of both merit and need-based scholarships.

    Is the MACC program well-suited to women heading into ministry?
    The church and the world need theologically educated women who are equipped with biblical counseling training. The MACC is designed to equip both men and women for Christ-honoring, gospel-centered ministry. Click here to read an article published by one of our female counseling students entitled “Why Women Counselors Should Study Theology.”

    Do you provide opportunities for students to observe counseling?
    Students at RTS Charlotte have the unique opportunity to observe live biblical counseling. They sit in the counseling room and watch an experienced biblical counselor minister to counselees through the Word of God. The counselor and observer then afterwards discuss the counseling session. This is very valuable training as you seek to put your degree into action.

    Does RTS Charlotte partner with local churches to provide internships for counseling students?
    We have partnerships with churches from a number of denominations who want to provide internships and training for counseling students. Although each church designs their own internship, all emphasize pastoral staff mentoring and helping counseling students grow in their ability to minister to people individually. These unique connections provide students the ability to minister in their churches in a specialized capacity looking towards their future vocational goals.

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