Lakeland College

Master of Arts in Counseling

Lakeland College's master of arts in counseling (M.A.C.) degree is a 48-semester-hour professional graduate training program. The M.A.C. program is dedicated to preparing students for one of three professional counseling areas: community counseling, higher education counseling or school counseling. The M.A.C. program is designed with the working professional in mind and offers opportunities for intellectual, moral and spiritual growth. Non-degree-seeking status is available.

MAC at Lakeland College

Courses are available in 12-week semesters — in the classroom, BlendEd® and/or online. Instructors are practicing professionals — many holding terminal degrees - who blend experiential learning with in-class instruction. Practicums and internships afford ample time for observation and client contact. The M.A.C. program with a community counseling emphasis meets the Wisconsin Department of Safety and Professional Services requirements for a Wisconsin Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC). The M.A.C. program with a school counseling emphasis is approved by the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction and is approved for licensure and certification as a Wisconsin school counselor.

Lakeland also offers a non-degree seeking category for those wishing to strengthen an existing major, develop a new area of interest, or complete professional requirements.


Non-degree Seeking Program

Non-degree seeking Master of Arts in Counseling Program registration

In addition to the standard full-time and part-time classifications for students who have been accepted into the M.A.C. program, there is also a classification for non-degree-seeking students. Registrations for non-degree-seeking students are permitted for students who would like to strengthen an existing major, develop a new area of interest, or complete requirements for a new profession.

This status is reserved for those who, at the time of application for this status, are not pursuing nor have any intention of pursuing a M.A.C. degree at Lakeland College. Non-degree-seeking students who decide to pursue a M.A.C. degree at Lakeland must apply for admission prior to enrolling in more than six credits within the program. Students taking more than six credits with non-degree-seeking status will be denied the opportunity to enter the M.A.C. program at a later date. Students granted non-degree-seeking status are allowed to register for up to 12 credits. Successful enrollment of courses while enrolled as a non-degree-seeking student does not guarantee admission into the program.

Non-degree-seeking student status is available to candidates who possess a bachelor's or higher degree from a regionally accredited institution. A minimum of a 2.75 cumulative undergraduate GPA is required. In order to be considered for non-degree-seeking status, candidates must complete a Graduate Admission Application and are subject to the following unique policies:

  1. All students taking between 3-12 credits of course work as a non-degree-seeking student must meet the admission requirements to the M.A.C. program, including the completion of nine credits of coursework in behavioral sciences or human services with grades of B- or better.
  2. Non-degree-seeking students are not allowed to register for more than 12 credits in the M.A.C. program.
  3. Typically, federal financial aid is not available.
  4. Applicants for non-degree-seeking status must complete the Evening Weekend and Online application. This application can be found online and must be approved by the M.A.C. program director.
  5. Practicums, internships and independent study courses are not available to non-degree-seeking students.
  6. Non-degree-seeking students must meet all identified course pre-requisites for the courses in which they enroll.

Please contact an admissions advisor at one of our seven centers for more information about becoming a non-degree-seeking student, including tuition costs.

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REQUIRED CORE COURSEWORK (48 semester hours)

  • CN 710 Introduction to Counseling & Ethics
  • CN 714 Multiculturalism & the Practice of Counseling
  • CN 716 Lifespan Development & Counseling: An Integration
  • CN 718 Psychopathology
  • CN 724 Counseling Methods & Ethics
  • CN 726 Counseling Theories
  • CN 728 Psychometrics & Assessment
  • CN 734 Research Methods & Program Evaluation
  • CN 736 Counseling Children & Adolescents
  • CN 738 Group Therapy
  • CN 739 Career Counseling & Development
  • CN 744 Crisis Intervention & Conflict Resolution

Complete one of the following areas of emphasis:

School Counseling Emphasis

(Prepares students for DPI certification as a PK-12 school counselor)

  • CN 765 Seminar: Structure and Organization of School Counseling
  • CN 766 Practicum (125 clock hours)
  • CN 767 Internship I (300 clock hours)
  • CN 768 Internship II (300 clock hours)

Community Counseling Emphasis

(Meets Wisconsin state credential requirements for a professional counselor license)

  • CN 775 Seminar: Structure and Organization of Community Counseling
  • CN 776 Practicum (125 clock hours)
  • CN 777 Internship I (300 clock hours)
  • CN 778 Internship II (300 clock hours)

Higher Education Counseling Emphasis

  • CN 785 Seminar: Structure and Organization of Higher Education Counseling
  • CN 786 Practicum (125 clock hours)
  • CN 787 Internship I (300 clock hours)
  • CN 788 Internship II (300 clock hours)


  • CN 752 Psychopharmacology


The M.A.C. program also offers a number of graduate courses that will help you meet your professional development or continued licensing goals. For more information on registering for a course or courses as a non-degree-seeking student, please contact an admission advisor at a Lakeland location near you.

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Available Locations

The The Master of Arts in Counseling (M.A.C.) degree is currently offered at all of Lakeland College Centers, and through Lakeland College Online™. Most courses are also offered BlendEd®.

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