Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology

What can I do with the MACP?

Our Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology (MACP) program is designed to provide education to meet the requirements to be a Licensed Professional Counselor in Missouri. However, our curriculum can be easily adapted to the requirements of your intended state of practice. The educational requirements are more flexible and designed for students with busy schedules. Students will complete a minimum of 48 credit hours in both class and practicum settings.

LPCs work in a variety of settings, including:
  • Schools
  • Hospitals
  • Private Practice

Requirements for the MACP Program

Location offered: Springfield, Missouri

Before completion and submission of the application, please read the following requirements thoroughly.
  • Prospective students need a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited institution and must have earned a 3.0 grade point average (GPA) or better on a 4.0 scale during the last 60 hours of undergraduate work. Applicants without the required GPA are considered on a highly selective basis and are invited to address this issue in their personal statement.
  • Applicants to the Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology program need the equivalent of at least twelve (12) semester hours in the social sciences, six (6) of which must be in psychology.

The application packet consists of a completed application form and a non-refundable application fee of $50, in addition to the following:

  1. Three Professional Recommendations
    College professors, supervisors, or others who have known the candidate for one year or longer and who have evaluated the candidate's personal, professional, and academic qualifications should be contacted to write letters of recommendation. At least three recommendations are required.
  2. Personal Statement
    Through the personal statement much is learned about the candidate, including his/her interest, goals, character and fitness for the programs at Forest. Personal statements should be no more than two pages and include your professional goals and purpose for pursuing this degree. Please use 1" margins, double spacing, and preferably Times New Roman 12 pt. font. Essays must specifically address the following:
    • What personal knowledge, skills, attitudes, qualities, and life experiences do you possess that would make you a good mental health professional? Elaborate on which of these you will bring to your training at Forest Institute. Which do you hope to develop during your training at Forest Institute?
    • Discuss why you believe that you are "fitted for a future in being of service to the diverse human community" as a mental health professional.
    • Please tell us any additional information that you believe the Admissions Committee should know to assist in making their decision regarding your application.
  3. Current Resume/Vitae
    List other activities since high school, including military service, that are relevant to professional goals.
  4. Official Transcripts
    Official transcript of all graduate and undergraduate work are required, including part-time and summer sessions, and should be mailed directly from all institutions attended since secondary school. If college credits were earned while in secondary school, an official transcript is required of the college/university from which those credits were received.
*Candidates who meet admission requirements will be invited to participate in an interview. Following the interview, the candidate is evaluated and rated on suitability for the degree program. Information obtained from the interview is used to make the final decision regarding admission.

Final Step in the Admission Process for MACP Applicants

Candidates will usually be notified of their application status within two weeks of the Program Director receiving all of the candidate's materials. If accepted, candidates are then given a two-to-three week time period in which to submit their "Letter of Intent" to enroll in the program along with the non-refundable Enrollment Deposit. If no response is received from the candidate within three weeks of the initial offer of acceptance, the offer will automatically be rescinded.
Candidates who have accepted an offer of enrollment from Forest but wish to postpone matriculation may submit a written request to delay enrollment to the Director of Admissions. Such an extension may only be granted for up to one year, and may not carry-over into another academic year. In situations where a candidate wishes to begin enrollment in an academic year other than that which was offered, reapplication may be required, including payment of the application and matriculation fees.
Acceptance into one of Forest's programs does not guarantee acceptance into any another program. Currently enrolled students wishing to pursue secondary degree or certificate programs at Forest Institute must make application for such programs through the Admissions Office.

Download a copy of the Professional Recommendation Form