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The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling (MAPC) is designed to provide specialized graduate training in proven counseling methods combined with sound theological principles. This degree fulfills the academic requirements in most states for licensure as a professional counselor (LPC) and certification as a national certified counselor (NCC). The Master of Arts in Professional Counseling is designed to meet the standards for the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program as defined by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)*.

The basic Master of Arts in Professional Counseling consists of 67 semester credit hours inclusive of a practicum and clinical internship. Professional counselors serve in a wide variety of capacities from traditional local church and denominational ministries to hospital, mental health, and human service agencies to private counseling practices.

Students are mentored to actively identify with the counseling profession. Faculty members are committed to the highest standards of graduate counselor education.

Professional counselors utilize counseling and psychotherapy to evaluate and treat emotional, relational and mental problems and conditions. The distinguished Richmont faculty teach students to integrate a sound Christian theology, counseling, psychology, and their personal spirituality to address the whole person.

The MAPC program is provided through a traditional day program over two or three years or through a more versatile schedule over four years.

The MAPC may also be combined with a specialization. Specializations strengthen the students’ abilities to work with specific client populations. The following specializations are offered within the MAPC program. The certificate will be printed as a separate document to the graduate’s diploma.

  • Addictions Counseling
  • Child and Adolescent Counseling
  • Christian Sex Therapy
  • Spirituality and Counseling
  • Trauma Counseling

Richmont is committed to ongoing assessment of student learning outcomes and program outcomes.  Read our latest evaluations.

* We are currently pursuing CACREP accreditation for the MAPC program. The program is currently accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and fully meets the state of Georgia’s requirements for licensure, as defined by the Georgia Composite board of Professional Counselors, Social Workers, and Marriage and Family Therapist, and the state of Tennessee’s licensure requirements, as defined by Tennessee Board of Licensed Professional Counselors, Licensed Marital and Family Therapists and Licensed Pastoral Therapists. The states of Georgia and Tennessee have reciprocity with most other states regarding licensure.

Richmont Graduate University is founded on principles that adhere to National Association of Evangelicals Statement of Faith appearing below. This statement has been affirmed by more than seventy denominations and thus represents a broad evangelical consensus. All faculty members affirm this statement, and students who attend the Richmont will be taught from a Christian perspective.

  • We believe the Bible to be the inspired, the only infallible, authoritative Word of God.
  • We believe that there is one God, eternally existent in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
  • We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His vicarious and atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father, and in His personal return in power and glory.
  • We believe that for the salvation of lost and sinful man, regeneration by the Holy Spirit is absolutely essential.
  • We believe in the present ministry of the Holy Spirit by whom the Christian is enabled to live a godly life.
  • We believe God’s redemptive purpose will be consumated by the return of Christ to raise the dead, judge all people and establish His glorious kingdom.
  • We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
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