The College of Continuing and Professional Studies offers graduate students an academic program that encourages lifelong learning, opportunities for professional transition and advancement, a program that gives meaning and purpose and leadership roles that will allow the student to create value in the community and beyond.
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 in Human Services
The Master of Science in Human Services is offered at the Henry Regional Academic Center in a Saturday class and on-line format. Human services professionals who hold staff positions and are ready for leadership roles would benefit from the Master of Science in Human Services. The foundation block of the program will prepare graduates in the areas of program planning, budgeting, ethics, marketing, resource development, and entrepreneurship. This degree requires 36 hours of coursework and can be completed in approximately two years. There is a foundation block requirement of 27 hours with an additional 9 hours in the concentration of gerontology services, which will prepare students to work in leadership roles in the field of gerontology as it relates to human services agencies.
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.
Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling
The M.S. Program in Rehabilitation Counseling prepares candidates to step into the role of a professional rehabilitation counselor and work in a variety of settings such as the Veterans Administration, the Georgia Department of Labor Rehabilitation Services, and rehabilitation hospitals, insurance companies, and private business and industry. During the program students will develop advanced expertise in this field, and have a deeper understanding of the importance of research and careful data analysis in solving problems, addressing issues, and making decisions. Supervised field experience bridges the gap between skills acquired in the classroom and the world of professional practice .
Dual Degree Programs with M.Div. Program
The College of Continuing and Professional Studies has two joint M.Div. and M.S. degrees with the McAfee School ofTheology.
Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MDiv/MS)
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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you for licensure as a professional counselor.
Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Organizational Leadership with a Concentration in Nonprofit (MDiv/MS)
M.Div. and M.S. in Organizational Leadership, with a Concentration in Leadership for the Nonprofit Organization, is designed to incorporate advanced theological training with leadership and organizational studies, providing students with the essential knowledge for ministry, as well as the tools and best practices they will need in order to excel in today's complex organizations. Our joint program will provide every student with opportunities for personal spiritual formation and development, as well as practical experience in his or her chosen field of ministry.
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.