Gardner-Webb’s M.Div./M.A./Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling dual degree is designed to meet the needs of individuals who seek to integrate theology, faith, and spirituality with counseling theory and clinic experience in the mental health field.

Divinity Mental Health degree

A Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling dual degree will help you integrate theology, faith and spirituality with counseling theory and clinical experience in the mental health field.

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In the divinity portion of the master’s program, you will receive advanced education in Biblical studies, spiritual formation and ministry.

The counseling portion of the program combines professional, skill and applied components to prepare you broadly for effective work as a mental health counselor.

The professional component includes a Capstone experience taken in the last semester, as well as the study of counseling theories, methods and career development. As a reality-based component of the counseling degree, you will receive practicum and internship experiences in the field.

Your education will also include elective study in the areas of pastoral care of families, couples counseling, grief counseling and a seminar on contemporary issues.

By completing the dual degree in divinity and mental health counseling, you will also meet the educational requirements of licensure as a professional counselor in North Carolina and in most other states. Graduates are prepared to work in careers that include:

  1. Church counselor
  2. Religious-affiliated institution counselor
  3. Private practice counselor
In addition to the University’s prerequisites, the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling degree requires 120 credit hours of coursework, including 60 hours in the School of Divinity and 60 hours in the School of Psychology and Counseling. Additional information, including specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
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