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Program Overview

CACREP accredited logoStudents 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. Students may also choose to earn both concentrations. Both concentrations are accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs (CACREP).

Johnson University offers the MAC in a 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 2.5-5 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.


The School of Social and Behavioral Sciences exists to develop passionate Christians, strategically trained and professionally competent to serve in their communities and throughout the world.

The primary purpose of the M.A. in Counseling, Clinical Mental Health Counseling (CMHC) Concentration is to prepare students for work or advanced training with a professional therapeutic identity as they serve in diverse clinical settings.

The primary purpose of the M.A. in Counseling, School Counseling (SC) Concentration is to prepare students for work or advanced training with a professional school counselor identity as they serve diverse educational environments.


Spring: October 1
Fall: February 1


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. Jonathan Benz
Dr. Kristel Headley
Dr. Sean Ridge


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.


Vital Statistics Report
Comprehensive Assessment Report
Student Assessment Plan

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