Master of Arts in Community Counseling

Frequently Asked Questions

Who will benefit from the MACC program?

  • Anyone wishing to become a Licensed Professional Counselor

The admissions requirements state that a minimum undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) for the last 60 hours of undergraduate work is required (for those with a GPA of 3.0 or higher, no GRE is required). If I don't satisfy all the admissions requirements, can I still get in?

  • To answer your specific question it is best contact us at this link: Your question will be answered by email or phone, whichever you prefer.

Can I keep my full time job and do this program?

  • Classes are in the evening beginning at 5:00.

How many credit hours does the program require?

  • The 48 hour curriculum satisfies the educational requirements for licensure in Missouri. An additional 12 credit hours is available for students anticipating relocating to a state requiring a 60 hour program, or for students desiring a broader educational foundation.

How long will it take to complete the Master of Arts in Community Counseling Program?

  • The complete program can be completed in 24 months, if four classes are taken most semesters.

What is the deadline for admission?

  • Application for Summer & Fall terms: March 1*
  • Applications for Spring term: October 15*
  •   *Applications received after the deadline may be considered depending on the date all materials are received and whether space is available. When applications are too late for consideration, such applications will be reviewed for the next entrance cycle.

What is the cost per class?

  • The costs of attending Missouri Valley College graduate courses include student fees of $320 per credit hour. There is a $250 student fee per spring and fall semesters, $30 per summer semester.
  • Graduate students are expected to pay a $500, non-refundable down payment by the first day of classes. This down payment will be applied to the first semester's cost.

How much hands-on counseling experience will I receive in the MACC program?

  • Students receive extensive experience working with clients while completing practicum and internship. At a minimum, students must complete one semester of practicum and one semester of internship which would entail the completion of 400 hours of clinical experience. Students may also choose to take an additional semester of internship, adding another 300 hours of clinical experience for a total of 700 hours over the course of three semesters.

What are the job prospects for graduates of the MACC program?

  • There is a shortage of counselors across the U.S., particularly in rural areas. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of professional counselors is anticipated to expand by 36%. Licensed Professional Counselors (LPC’s) enjoy diverse employment opportunities, such as working in private practice, community mental health centers, and inpatient facilities.