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Southern California Seminary

Southern California Seminary


M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy; M.A. in Counseling Psychology, Licensure-Track

Online & Campus-Based Programs

On-Campus Location:

Southern California Seminary - Main Campus
2075 E. Madison Ave.
El Cajon, CA. 92019

(888) 389-7244

Southern California Seminary Graduate Behavioral Sciences Programs 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

2.5 years


The MACP program uses cohort dynamics to develop an environment that facilitates cooperative study and interactive learning. Group cohesion, student cooperation, and mutual support replace competition. Lecture is minimized and interaction among participants and instructor is encouraged. A group is formed when at least 12 students have enrolled. Each group progresses through the course of instruction in a specific sequence while attending courses usually held once each week from 4:00-10:00p.m. The cohort is comprised of both online and onsite students interacting together with the Discussion Board and other live synchronous media used to facilitate community and support. The program can be completed in about 2.5 years if the students takes 6-9 units each trimester.

Eighteen units of required biblical foundation studies are included in the MACP program. MACP students may earn the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry degree by taking an additional 18 units of graduate biblical studies. 

Almost all of the MACP and MAMFT courses are available online as well as on-site, with the exception of two courses specifically chosen to be required in person at the El Cajon campus. CO- 506 Counseling Techniques, is offered as an intensive course to be taken on-site typically during the end of the first year of graduate courses. CO-618 Group Counseling, is also offered as an intensive typically during the end of the second year of graduate courses. It is the students’ responsibility to arrange travel and accommodations while participating in these intensive courses, although the school may help in guidance and options. 

Program Start 

Six times per year, not cohort-driven

Estimated Total Program Tuition

$47,450 (increasing in September) $49,000

Religious orientation

I would like to introduce you to our biblically based programs which feature convenient schedules. Southern California Seminary provides a trusted biblical foundation for the study of Masters and Doctoral level psychology. Education and training in preparation for practice as a Christian mental health clinician is based on the invariable truth of God’s Word and the existing body of knowledge and skills in the science of psychology. Each of these classes are taught by doctoral level professionals whom are dedicated to their professions and to the integration of the Scripture and psychology. 

Entering Class Size


Fieldwork Hours Accrued during program

Data not available

Personal Psychotherapy Requirement During Program

Data not available

Comprehensive Exam/Culminating Project/Thesis/Etc:

Data not available

Application Process

Application Deadline

Rolling admissions

Undergraduate GPA Requirement

3.0 GPA

GRE Requirement


Prerequisite Courses

Complete 6 units of undergraduate coursework that includes:

  • Introduction to Psychology, or its equivalent
  • Abnormal Psychology that emphasizes use of the current DSM.
  • Undergo specified psychological testing at personal expense (may be waived in certain instances).

If a student does not meet the coursework requirement, admittance may be granted as a Special Status student. MACP courses may be taken but any unfulfilled admission requirements must be fulfilled before graduation. 

Application highlights

(see program website for complete application requirements)

Interview Requirement


We believe it honors God to study and understand people, neurobiology, human development, psychopathology and the scientific research and tools from the field of psychology.
— Southern California Seminary

Program Summary

(Reprinted from program website.)

Our Distinctives

Southern California Seminary is more than just another Bible seminary — more than just another Christian College or Christian University. We hold ourselves to the highest standards of biblical study and truth. Our distinctives cumulatively make our institution unique among biblical seminaries in a day and age where the Word of God is not taken at face value, and core doctrines are being diluted.

Our Mission

Southern California Seminary’s mission is to bring glory to God by assisting local churches to equip believers of various cultures and languages to live and minister biblically based on the inerrant Word of God. This equipping includes building biblical knowledge, Christian character, and ministry skills—all at modest tuition.

Our Purpose

Southern California Seminary is a private institution of higher education dedicated to teaching from the inerrant Word of God. Here you will learn about God from His book – the Bible. As a ministry of Shadow Mountain Community Church, under the leadership of Dr. David Jeremiah, SCS offers the highest quality of biblical education with a tuition that is refreshingly affordable.