Graduate programs consistent with the mission of Mercer University, the College of Continuing and Professional Studies offers undergraduate and graduate academic programs and lifelong learning opportunities for adults who seek leadership roles in their communities and beyond, professional transition and advancement, and lives that have meaning and purpose.
Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
The Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree is appropriate for those individuals who wish to pursue licensure as a Professional Counselor. The coursework requirements are designed to meet the requirements for licensing in the State of Georgia. In addition, the license as a professional counselor requires postgraduate counseling experience and supervision, as well as successfully completing the licensing exam.
Master of Science Degree in Public Safety Leadership
The Master of Science (M.S.) Degree in Public Safety Leadership represents a broad range of study designed to meet the academic requirements of both those who are new to the field of study and professionals who are already employed in the wide range of agencies that make up the public safety system. The M.S. program focuses on developing advanced professional competencies with an emphasis on excellence in leadership, ethics, critical thinking, and public service. Public safety leadership is vital in providing timely responses to natural and manmade disasters, curbing crime, and maintaining an effective criminal justice system. Modern public safety requirements have placed a great emphasis on professional preparation in all areas of public safety. The degree provides the student with a thorough understanding of leadership practices and associated areas of interest in public safety. The program prepares graduates for leadership positions in the specialties of policing, courts, corrections, parole and probation, fire, and other agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, and Postal Inspection Service.
Master of Science in School Counseling
School Counseling is an applied profession which employs skills, instrumentation, and techniques to facilitate the progress of each student being served. Today’s school counselors are vital members of the educational team whose role is essential to facilitate growth in academic achievement, personal and social growth, and career development for all students. School counselors will be trained as leaders and advocates in their profession. During the first year of study, intensive coursework has been designed to immerse the School Counseling student in the history, foundations, theory, and skills necessary for a Professional School Counselor.
Master of Science in Organizational Leadership
The Master of Science in Organizational Leadership is designed for aspiring or existing leaders in any profession. The curriculum covers such topics as conceptual and theoretical leadership models, leadership development, the challenges of leading change, strategic planning, organizational theory and behavior, as well as topics that impact health care, nonprofit organizations and organizational development.
Dual Degree Program with M.Div. Program
The joint M.Div. and M.S. degrees integrate the highest knowledge of professional counseling with the ministries of pastoral care and counseling. Both the M.Div. and M.S. programs hold the highest accreditation available in the United States. The most comprehensive Masters level program in faith oriented counseling, the M.Div. in Pastoral Care &Counseling/M.S. in Community Counseling prepares you for licensure as a professional counselor.
Educational Specialist degree in School Counseling
The Ed.S. in School Counseling is designed to provide professional development for school counselors seeking an advanced degree and to prepare candidates to become leaders, researchers, and advocates for systemic change in the field of school counseling.
Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision
The Ph.D. program in Counselor Education and Supervision prepares Counselor Educators and scholars to:
- Develop advanced expertise in the application of theories and conceptual models to counselor education, supervision, practice, and research.
- Conduct research that advances the field of counseling.
- Evaluate the influences of ethical, social, political, demographic, and economic issues on mental health care and counseling.
- Assume leadership roles in education, practice, and research to improve mental health care and counseling.