Students in the M.A. in Counseling program experience a unique blend of high-quality theoretical training and clinical experience in a holistic Christian atmosphere. Additionally, the program maintains a student-faculty ratio of less than 12:1, allowing for more direct interaction and engagement between faculty and students. The M.A. in Counseling offers concentrations in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling.

Johnson University offers the MAC in hybrid format based on its Tennessee campus. This course format incorporates diverse teaching modalities, such as in-class discussion, experiential activities, and online learning. Options allow individuals to complete the program in 2-5 years. Typically, courses require students to be on campus in a Class Residency two weekends per term per course.

Practicum and internship courses provide additional flexibility, allowing students to choose on-campus and/or off-campus site placements.

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Application Deadlines

Spring: October 1
Fall: February 15

Graduate Faculty

Full-time faculty members hold credentials as Approved Supervisors with the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapists (AAMFT) and/or Approved Clinical Supervisors with the Center for Credentialing Education.

Dr. Donald Bohannon
Dr. Pete Cummins
Dr. Joshua Fish
Dr. Kristel Headley
Dr. Sean Ridge
Dr. Nicole Saylor

Complete Course List

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Individual Student Assessment Plan

Students are assessed and evaluated at specific points during progression through the program. Click here for an overview of the Individual Student Assessment Plan used by the graduate counseling program, which provides an overview of these multiple assessment points.


Questions about admissions requirements?

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Kristel Headley
Program Director


This degree offers two concentrations.

The Clinical Mental Health Concentration (MAC-CMHC) provides a professional mental health counseling education and experience. Graduates are eligible to pursue professional licensure in most states. In Tennessee, graduates with this degree may pursue licensure as both Marital & Family Therapists and Professional Counselors with the Mental Health Service Provider designation. The program consists of 63 credit hours. Upon graduation students will have completed 1000 hours of clinical contact. Each student will work within a team of student therapists and a faculty supervisor to conduct clinical work. Practicum and internship opportunities include placements at the Johnson University Counseling Center, as well as various community-based settings.

The School Counseling Concentration (MAC-SC) provides a professional school counseling education and experience. Graduates of the program are eligible for licensure in Tennessee as Licensed Professional School Counselors. Students experience a unique blend of quality theoretical training and professional experience in a holistic Christian atmosphere. The program consists of 60 credit hours. Upon graduation, students will have completed over 600 hours of practicum and internship experiences in both primary and secondary schools.

Students may also pursue a dual concentration option, allowing them to concentrate in both Clinical Mental Health Counseling and School Counseling. This requires students to take a total of 78 credit hours. (63 CMHC plus an additional 15 for SC – three SC classes and 6 hours of internship).

Both concentrations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).


Coursework may include:

  • Integrating Theology & Therapy
  • Social & Cultural Diversity in Counseling
  • Human Sexuality
  • Child & Adolescent Assessment, Diagnosis & Treatment

For more details on this program, check out our academic catalog.


Graduates with this degree often serve as therapists in a variety of settings including churches, state and federal programs, nonprofit organizations, schools, and private practice. Recent alumni of the program work in the public school systems, local Christian schools, Helen Ross McNabb Center, Mountain View Academy, English Mountain Recovery, Pasadena Villas, Youth Villages, private practice, Knoxville Sexual Assault Center, Safe Harbor Child Advocacy Center, Blount County Drug Court, and others.