This past April, I spoke at the TGC Women’s conference in Indianapolis. I also spent a good bit of time talking to women at the RTS booth about their hopes and dreams for ministry education.
I was asked repeatedly about which degree program would be helpful for women wanting to go to seminary. Although all our programs are great, I think the RTS Charlotte Master of Arts in Christian Counseling degree (MACC) is a wonderful option.
Here are a few important facts about Charlotte’s MACC:
1. Half of the MACC’s 66 credit hours are in Bible and theology. That means the degree is not filled only with counseling courses, but also with Bible and theology courses. After all, how can you have a biblical counseling degree without studying the Bible?
Thus, MACC students not only know how to counsel, they know the crucial content of their counseling.
2. You can get the MACC in four years without relocating. Let me say that again. You can get the MACC without moving. How do we do it? We offer the MACC degree in a flexible Summer/Winter format so that all the counseling classes can be taken in-person, face-to-face.
To be clear, this means our MACC degree is not an online degree like so many other degrees today. All our counseling classes are residential and in-person. They are simply done in intensive formats during the winter and summer.
Given that counseling is inherently a relational exercise, we think it is a bit counter-intuitive to get a counseling degree by only plugging in the head phones and looking at a computer screen. Instead, counseling is best taught and learned in a face-to-face environment where students can interact with each other and with the professors. [Read more…]