The MA in Counseling Program is designed to prepare counseling graduates for success in careers in:

  1. Marriage, Couple and Family Counseling
  2. Clinical Mental Health Agencies (public and private settings)
  3. Psychiatric Hospital Units/Treatment and Case Management
  4. Private Practice
  5. Educational Institutions – including academic advising, college counseling services, student affairs/campus life and career counseling centers
  6. Churches and Parachurch Ministries, Church Counseling Ministries and Services
  7. Pursue a Doctoral degree in Counseling

The MA in Counseling Program (MAC Program) is designed to provide students with a 60-credit cohort-based, comprehensive academic and experiential training in the field of counseling and the specialty area of marriage, couple and family counseling from a Christian worldview. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of the counseling profession, counselors’ personal dispositions, clinical expertise and cultural proficiency for preparation to provide mental and emotional wellness services to clients/families to culturally diverse backgrounds. The MA in Counseling Program meets the requirements of the National Certified Board of Counselors (NBCC) and the New Jersey Licensure as a License Associate Counselor (LAC) and License Professor Counselor (LPC).

MAC Program – Core Curriculum Courses

COUN 550 Counseling Skills
COUN 580 Orientation to Professional Counseling
COUN 590 Group Process and Practice

MAC Program – Biblical Counseling Courses

COUN 510 Biblical Foundations for Counseling
COUN 615 Spiritual Formation and Biblical Counseling

MAC Program – Marriage, Couple and Family Courses

COUN 620 Marriage and Family Counseling I
COUN 625 Marriage and Family Counseling II

Financial Policies and Procedures

Pillar College is committed to providing an excellent cost-effective education for its students. Tuition and fee rates, payable each semester, are set annually according to economic conditions within the college and industry standards.


Annual Full Time Student Tuition (Domestic)


 Annual Full Time Student Tuition (International)


Block Rate (12-17 credits per semester)
*Block rate is not available to LEAD, Online and Independent-study courses; International student tuition up to 15 credits maximum


Per credit rate (11 or less; 18 or more credits per semester); all Online and Independent Study Courses are charged at per credit rate


Audit rate per credit


Dual Enrollment (DEED) program per course (not per credit), taken at Pillar College
Dual Enrollment (DEED) program per course (not per credit), taken at local high school
Developmental Courses (ESL and courses below 100 level) per credit

Note: For International Students Tuition Rates please see the International Student Admissions page.

Note: For the LEAD program, tuition is determined at the cohort start date and remains the same for the duration of that program. Courses taken outside of the LEAD program are charged at then current tuition rates.  Enrollment in a LEAD term financially obligates the student for the entire four class semester. General Semester Fees.  All Fees are non-refundable.