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Make an Impact in the Mental Health Field

Using a practitioner-scholar model, the MAC program trains well-rounded mental health counselors and marriage, couple, and family counselors for the realities of day-to-day practice. The MAC program emphasizes practical application of theory, development of case conceptualization skills, ethical awareness, appreciation of diversity, and self-awareness. You will be introduced to a broad range of clinical issues through a breadth of coursework delivered by practitioner faculty. Supported clinical experiences focus on the delivery of clinical services, and assist students to develop a coherent theoretical and ethical framework for practice.

If you have a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university, you can apply for the Master of Arts in Counseling online and on-site program at CityU. The program can be completed in two years.

At CityU of Seattle, you’ll complete your Master of Arts in Counseling in a cohort, or start-to-finish learning group. Most learning takes place during face-to-face, in-class sessions. Online learning is used to facilitate in-class sessions. You can opt for a two-year intensive, full-time program or a three-year program that caters more to working professionals.A majority of coursework focuses on hands-on, clinical mental health skills, so you can start seeing clients and making a difference. The CACREP-accredited Master of Arts in Counseling program will prepare you to work as a counselor in a range of settings. Several tracks are offered so you can choose the path that is right for you*:

CACREP Accredited Tracks

  • Clinical Mental Health Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC)
  • Marriage, Couple, and Family Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or a Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT)

CACREP Ready Tracks**

  • Addiction Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for licensure as a Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) and a Substance Use Disorder Professional (SUDP) in Washington state
  • Professional School Counseling – Meets the educational requirements for the School Counselor K-12 credential in Washington state

*Tracks are contingent on applications and enrollments into the respective specialty areas that substantiate a cohort model of learning.
**These programs are in the process of seeking accreditation.

Learning Outcomes

Throughout the master’s degree in counseling program, you’ll learn to:

  • Apply essential counseling skills derived from a credible knowledge base that encompasses diverse theoretical perspectives
  • Recognize and apply professional ethical standards including clear and appropriate relationships with clients, colleagues, and the community
  • Articulate and apply a range of theoretical approaches in your practice
  • Recognize and positively influence intrapersonal and interpersonal dynamics in counseling with individuals, groups, couples, and families
  • Refine and strengthen your skills to collaborate with people of diverse ethnicity, culture, gender, sexual orientation, physical ability, religious beliefs, and socioeconomic status
  • Establish a commitment to professional development through continuing education, clinical supervision, self-reflection, and consultation with peers
  • Produce written communication that meets professional standards
  • Locate and critically evaluate research related to core areas of counseling practice
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of counselors in promoting social justice and the well-being of the greater community

Program Resources

The following PDF documents are available for download:

Total Required Credits (90 credits) 

For full course descriptions please visit the 2019-2020 Course Catalog. 

Core CACREP Areas (45 credits)

COUN 501 Introduction to Counseling Practice (5)

COUN 502 Systemic Theory: Multicultural Counseling (5)

COUN 503 Human Growth and Development (5)

COUN 510 Professional Ethics and Law (5)

COUN 514 Research Methods and Statistics (5)

COUN 525 Testing and Assessment (5)

COUN 526 Counseling Theory (5)

COUN 527 Group Counseling (5)

COUN 562 System Theory: Trauma Counseling and Disaster Mental Health (5)

Required Courses Outside the Core (33 credits)

COUN 523 ASCA Model (5)

COUN 512 Systemic Theory: Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling (5)

COUN 560 Introduction to School Counseling (6)

COUN 564 Career Counseling in School Settings (5)

COUN 567 Advanced Child Development and Play Theory (5)

COUN 569 Child and Adolescent Psychopathology and Psychopharmacology (5)

COUN 511 Loss and Grief Counseling (2) OR COUN 513 Brief Therapy Models (2)

COUN 692 Capstone Project and Comprehensive Examination (3)

Internships/Practica (12 credits)

COUN 570 School Counseling Practicum I (1)

COUN 572 School Counseling Practicum II (1)

COUN 574 School Counselling Practicum III (1)

COUN 660 Schol Counseling Internship I (3)

COUN 662 School Counseling Internship II (3)

COUN 664 School Counseling Internship III (3)

When you complete the master’s in mental health counseling program or the master’s in marriage, couple, and family counseling program, you will be qualified to apply for a Washington state associate license and work toward your Licensed Mental Health Counselor (LMHC) or Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT) Certification.You’ll be qualified and trained to work in a variety of mental health settings, including:

  • Nonprofit counseling agencies
  • Private counseling practices
  • Managed care organizations
  • Correctional institutions
  • Residential care facilities
  • Hospitals

All four emphases in this master’s in counseling degree program include core knowledge courses such as research, theory, human development, and ethics. Courses cover a broad range of issues to prepare you for real client work, which may include:

  • Counseling and assessments
  • Trauma and violence counseling
  • Grief and loss counseling
  • Addiction counseling
  • Psychopathology
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Brief therapy
  • Group counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Couples therapy

Networking Opportunities

At CityU, you’ll have the opportunity to expand your professional network by connecting with faculty working in your field, students from around the globe, and alumni employed at Seattle’s top companies. Plus, you’ll be part of a supportive community that’s dedicated to helping you reach your career goals.

Tuition Cost

Learn more about tuition and fees for our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs.

Financial Aid Opportunities

At CityU, we’re committed to helping students achieve their academic goals no matter their economic situations. Our financial aid counselors are here to find the resources you need to pay for your education, including grants, loans, work study, and scholarships.

Learn more about financial aid opportunities at CityU, or contact our Financial Aid Team at 800.426.5596, 206.239.4540, or finaid@cityu.edu.

Military Tuition Benefits

As a Yellow Ribbon school, CityU is proud to serve those who have served in the military. We offer military tuition discounts for active-duty servicemembers and their spouses and accept military benefits such as the Post 9/11 GI Bill® and Tuition Assistance.

Learn more about military tuition benefits, VA benefits, and military partnership programs designed to help you reach your military and career goals.


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