CACREP Accredited. Biblically Sound.

Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling

Become the Counselor You Were Designed to Be

You are a Christian with deep compassion for people. You wish to serve your community as a professionally trained, licensed counselor.

Our Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling program is for you. The program prepares you to be an effective clinical mental health counselor who integrates Christian values and worldview into your service to clients. Inquire today.

Career Paths

〉  Licensed Professional Counselor
〉  Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
〉  Human Services Educator
〉  Higher Education Counselor
〉  Student Affairs Administrator
〉  Drug & Alcohol Counselor
〉  Addictions Counselor
〉  Licensed Mental Health Counselor
〉  Director of Human Services Agency
〉  Geriatric Counselor
〉  School Counselor
〉  Social & Community Service Manager

CACREP Accredited

Effective January 12, 2018, Winebrenner Theological Seminary received 2-year accreditation status from The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, otherwise known as CACREP. This accreditation status recognizes the educational quality of the program and allows graduates to apply for licensure in the State of Ohio. Winebrenner’s status can be confirmed at CACREP.org.

Winebrenner Theological Seminary is also fully accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and the Commission on Accrediting of The Association of Theological Schools (ATS) in the United States and Canada.


Upon completion of the MACC degree, you will be fully prepared to meet the requirements of the State of Ohio Counselor, Social Worker, & Marriage and Family Therapist Board (CSWMFTB) to become licensed as a clinical mental health counselor. Inquire today.

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Course Requirements

The MACC program is comprised of 60 credit hours of traditional counseling courses along with 9 credit hours of general theology courses.

General Theological Education

〉 Old Testament Foundations
〉 New Testament Foundations
〉 A Survey of Christian Theology

9 Total Credit Hours
*Students may test out of OT Foundations and/or NT Foundations by passing a preliminary Bible exam.

Core Counseling Courses

〉 Counseling Theories
〉 Counseling Techniques
〉 Introduction to Clinical Mental Health
〉 Group Counseling
〉 Human Growth and Development
〉 Multicultural Counseling
〉 Career Counseling
〉 Diagnosis of Mental and Emotional Disorders
〉 Assessment in Counseling
〉 Research and Evaluation
〉 Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
〉 Psychopathology
〉 Personality Assessment
〉 Practicum in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
〉 Counseling Children and Adolescents
〉 Treatment of Mental and Emotional Disorders
〉 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling I
〉 Internship in Clinical Mental Health Counseling II
〉 Foundations for Seminary Studies (1 credit hour)

54 Total Credit Hours

Counseling Electives

Past electives have included:
〉 Counseling the Dying & Grieving
〉 Addictions Counseling
〉 Family Relations

6 Total Credit Hours

MACC Admission Process


Program Contact Info

Dr. Kelli Jo Arndt



Dr. Kelli Jo Arndt, Director

University of Toledo, B.S., 1987
Bowling Green State, M.Ed., 1992
University of Toledo, Ph.D., 2006
Social Worker
Marriage & Family Therapy Board
Lic. Prof. Clinical Counselor

Dr. Mary Iiames, Assistant Professor

Bluffton College, B.A., 1988
Bowling Green State, M.Ed., 1992
University of Toledo, Ph.D., 2000
Elementary School Counselor

Dr. Karen McGibbon, Assistant Professor

Univ. of the West Indies, B.S., 1990
St. Stephen’s College, M.A., 2011
Regent University, Ph.D., 2015

Featured Alumnus – Angie Swonger, MACC

When God called Angie Swonger into Winebrenner’s Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling (MACC) program, she was not at all the “traditional, straight-out-of-university” graduate student. Having already taught in the public school system for over 20 years, Angie was serving in her local church as an ordained pastor (Church of God, Anderson).

It was 2015 when her senior pastor approached her about the new counseling program Winebrenner had launched. His affirmation of Angie’s gifts combined with God’s inner promptings moved Angie to investigate what Winebrenner was offering. 

Once she was confident that Winebrenner’s MACC program was for her, Angie prayed… Read Angie’s full story…