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 students 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.

    What is ACBC Certification?
    All graduates of our Certificate, MACC, and Dual Degree programs fulfill the necessary requirements for certification through the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). ACBC has been certifying counselors for 40 years and is the largest certifying organization for biblical counselors worldwide. Certification through ACBC confirms a counselor’s theological and practical preparedness and gives standing within the Christian counseling community.

    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.

    How long will it take me to complete the MACC program?
    The program is designed to be completed in two years but can be done in a longer time period, not to exceed seven years. Students pursuing the MACC along with the MDiv as a dual degree can expect to complete the program in a total of four years.

    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.


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