Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Dual Degree

Integrate theology, faith and spirituality with counseling theory and clinical experience in the mental health field.

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.


What You’ll Learn

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.

Divinity PortionHours
Required core courses in the School of Divinity60
Psychology and Counseling ComponentsHours
Theoretical Component6
Professional Component21
Skill Component24
Applied Component9
Mental Health or Divinity Electives9

Available Programs

Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

In addition to the University’s prerequisites, the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree requires 120 credits.

Additional information, including descriptions of specific concentrations and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.


What You’ll Do

By completing the dual degree in divinity and clinical 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

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