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Point Loma Nazarene University

Point Loma Nazarene University


M.A. in Clinical Counseling

Campus-Based Program

On-Campus Location:

Point Loma Nazarene University - Mission Valley Regional Center
4007 Camino Del Rio South
San Diego, CA 92108

(866) 692-4723

PLNU M.A. in Clinical Counseling Program Page

Program details below are quoted from program websites, supplied here for informational purposes only, and subject to change at any time. Refer to the program website for current information, deadlines, complete admission requirements, etc. It is the responsibility of the prospective student to verify with program administrators program details and that the program still meets BBS requirements for licensure in the state of California.

Program Snapshot



Concentrations/Specializations Offered


Length of Program

2-4 years


Some courses are offered during the day and some are offered in the evening. If you are willing to stretch out the two-year format to three or four years to accommodate your work schedule, it can be done.

Program Start 


Estimated Total Program Tuition


Religious orientation

PLNU’s Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling (MACC) program applies faith-based principles to 21st century cultures and needs. PLNU’s experienced, working faculty-professionals integrate biblical principles, ethics, skills, and science, considering moral questions while linking hands-on training to cutting-edge research in holistic mind-body approaches.

Entering Class Size

Two cohorts of 15 students each (30 total)

Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

The 300-hour practicum includes a minimum of 120 hours of direct, face-to-face service.

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Data not available

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Comprehensive exam

Application Process

Application Deadline

July 25

All applications submitted after this date will be reviewed based on availability of space.

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

You must have an undergraduate cumulative GPA of at least 3.0. If you don’t meet the minimum GPA requirement, please contact your enrollment counselor regarding the exceptions process.

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses

Prior to beginning this program, the following course requirements must completed:

  •     General Psychology
  •    Abnormal Psychology
  •    Human Development

Application highlights

Professional Resume

Statement of Purpose
Submit a 500-600 word Statement of Purpose addressing the following topics:

  • A personal statement on why you wish to participate in the MASOL program,
  • Your current philosophy of leadership,
  • Your relevant academic and professional experience, and
  • Your future career or life goals. 

Specifically state how you would like to use your master’s degree from PLNU to further your career in a 3-5 page essay. Make sure you clearly touch on the three points

  •  Clarify what job setting you see yourself pursuing upon completing the MACC and pecify how this degree program will help you in that setting.
  •  Describe how you will appraise, utilize, and integrate specific Biblical or ethical principles and /or counseling theories into your futureprofessional practice
  •  State how your previous education and work experiences have uniquely prepared you for success in the MACC program.

Three Professional References

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement


PLNU’s Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling (MACC) program applies faith-based principles to 21st century cultures and needs.
— Point Loma Nazarene University

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

You’re the one people turn to for advice. You hear what the heart speaks. It’s time to develop that gift.

Studies report that the need for trained counselors will increase by more than 40 percent in the next 10 years. Train now to become a private therapist, agency director, marriage expert, life coach, spiritual director, addiction recovery counselor, or family mediator — to help others, and yourself, experience lasting transformation.

PLNU’s Master of Arts in Clinical Counseling (MACC) program applies faith-based principles to 21st century cultures and needs. We integrate rigorous courses, personal mentoring, onsite supervised clinical training, and a culturally aware approach to today’s best practices and theories to equip you to serve diverse populations through a flexible career path. Most importantly, our program prepares you to take the LMFT or LPCC licensure exam through curricula designed with the tests in mind and free post-graduation workshops.