College of
Social & Behavioral Sciences

College of Social & Behavioral Sciences

Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP)

He Came for a Career. He Left with a Purpose.

After 12 years in project management, Justin Monuteaux began to ask if there were more to life. That single question led him to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program at Northwest University. Now, he has a growing counseling practice that helps struggling couples rebuild their marriages. "Today, my work has real meaning. I love what I do. It's amazing to watch couples come in with little hope and leave with a stronger marriage than they've ever had before."

People in this world are emotionally hurting. Fortunately, there are those who feel called to help them. At Northwest University, we can transform your desire to help others into a meaningful and effective career.

The Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology prepares students to qualify for professional licensure as a Mental Health Counselor. This graduate degree can be completed in two years with classes in session from September through July.

While demanding, the psychology programs at Northwest University are designed for flexibility, meeting at night and on every other weekend. So contact us for more information. Much like you, we're here to help.

Why Choose Our MACP Program?

Licensable Degrees for the State of Washington

Our graduate psychology programs meet the requirements for licensure in Washington State. Graduate knowing that you can become a fully licensed counselor or psychologist.

Highest Accreditation Possible

Our regionally accredited university represents the gold standard. You'll strengthen your professional credibility, and graduate knowing that your degree is widely recognized and deeply respected.

Local and Global Immersion Experiences

You will deepen your skills and understanding by participating in local and international immersion experiences. These experiences will not only equip you for your career, they have also proven to be life-changing.

Integrate Faith with Learning

Our programs are taught within the framework of a Christian worldview. Students are challenged to incorporate their understanding of faith with academic theory and applied skills.

Learn Within a Cohort

Learn with other students who share your interests and your goals. It's a supportive environment of peers who will encourage you, challenge you, and become a fundamental part of your professional network once you graduate.

This program will prepare you to:

  • Understand people biologically, psychologically, spiritually, and culturally;
  • Think critically concerning issues relating to culture and social justice;
  • Be equipped as a therapist to work with diverse populations and develop a corresponding professional identity;
  • Acquire, refine, and demonstrate appropriate masters-level skills as a clinician, researcher, and an academic;

Course Format

While classes are scheduled in the evenings (6pm–10pm) and on some weekends, this program is academically rigorous and requires considerable time outside the classroom devoted to assignments. Each applicant should carefully consider if he or she can successfully complete this program with his or her lifestyle and commitments.

Special Courses

Periodically, the School of Psychology offers students the opportunity to register for courses that do not meet in a traditional classroom format. Special topics may be offered in a variety of formats to enrich the curriculum. Other times, a student may desire to work with a faculty member through an independent or directed study in a specific discipline. In all cases, the professor will ensure the proper quantity and quality of work. The Director of Academic Programs must approve the registration schedule, including special courses. Ultimately, the student is responsible to ensure that special courses satisfy degree requirements.

Course Listings

See a complete list of required courses for the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP). You can also read our Graduate Academic Catalog »

Graduate Academic Catalog

Find Out More

You can request more information, or speak with our Director of M.A. Student Services for the College of Social & Behavioral Sciences:

Daniela Zuniga, M.A.

Director of M.A. Student Services
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MACP Priority Application Deadline: January 31st

MACP Application Deadline: April 1st