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College of Continuing & Professional Studies

Dual Degree program with M.Div program

Joint Degree in the Master of Divinity and the Master of Science in
Clinical Mental Health Counseling

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 Clinical Mental Health Counseling prepares you for licensure as a professional counselor.

Clinical Mental Health Counseling is an applied profession that employs skills, instrumentation,and techniques to facilitate the progress of each person being served. The M.Div degree accepts 12 hours from the M.S. degree, and the M.S. degree accepts 12 hours from the M.Div. degree. A full time student could expect to finish the two degrees in four years of study. Applicants must meet the admissions requirements for both McAfee School of Theology and The Department of Counseling and Human Sciences within the College of Continuing and Professional Studies (CCPS).

CCPS Entrance Requirements include:

  • Submission of two copies of the application for admission to the counseling program, including a recent photograph

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from a regionally accredited college or university; an undergraduate cumulative GPA of 2.75 or greater

  • A minimum score of 800 on the GRE or 397 on the MAT

  • A $35 nonrefundable application fee.

  • Must complete 30 hours of study at the McAfee School of Theology with an overall GPA of at least 3.0

  • Written dispositional statement from the McAfee advisor

McAfee Entrance Requirements include:

  • Submission of the application for admission to this dual degree program to the Pastoral Care Department.
  • Interview with the Pastoral Care Department, or a person designated by the department, may be scheduled with the student. This interview may be conducted along with the CCPS interview or separately. The admissions decision for this program will include an evaluation of the student's potential, readiness, and appropriateness for this program.

Continuing in the program is contingent upon the following:

  • submission of copies of both student and supervisor final evaluations for all CPE courses and evaluations from COUN 609 and COUN 610 to the Pastoral Care Department;
  • the student giving all supervisors written permission to consult with the Pastoral Care Department and the Counseling Program Coordinator regarding the student’s progress;
  • and making appropriate progress in developing the knowledge, skills, and character needed for the practice of pastoral counseling.”
    This can be found on page 267 of the catalog- available as a PDF document.