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

The dual Master of Divinity (MDiv) and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MACMHC) program is offered to ministers and other interested persons who desire to complement and integrate graduate theological training with academic and clinical education in the counseling profession. Completion of the dual degree program will provide students with preparation for ministry, with supervised clinical training in counseling skills and with eligibility for licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor upon completion of a licensing exam and additional counseling experience.

The MDiv degree requires 90 hours. MDiv students will choose the counseling and chaplaincy concentration and will take approved cross-listed courses from the MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree requirements to complete their concentration and elective hours for the MDiv degree. The MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling requires 61 hours. A maximum of 30 hours may be counted toward the requirements of both programs. Students must complete a minimum of 121 total hours to obtain both degrees.

The recommended format for pursuing the MDiv/MACMHC dual degree program is students will pursue the largest of the two degrees first, the MDiv, by starting classes with the Divinity School. Students may begin to take classes from an approved cross listed clinical mental health counseling course list once a student has completed at least one third (30 credit hours) of the MDiv program. Students will officially apply for the MACMHC portion of the dual degree program through the School of Education during the semester prior to their final year of the divinity program. Upon acceptance into the MACMHC program, a student can take additional, approved clinical mental health counseling courses that will go towards the degree requirements of both programs. Placing the clinical mental health counseling courses towards the end of the divinity program allows for the information to be fresh for continuation in the MACMHC program. After completing and graduating from the MDiv program, students will take the remaining courses to complete the MACMHC program.


Students who desire to be enrolled in the dual MDiv/MACMHC program must meet the admissions requirements of both programs and remain in good academic standing in both programs.

Divinity School Admission Requirements

A four-year bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a minimum 2.5 grade point average on a 4.0 scale, three references, a statement of faith and calling, church recommendation, transcripts and admission interview.

Requirements For Master-Level Programs


School of Education Admission Requirements

A four-year bachelor’s degree from an approved and accredited college or university with a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale (2.7 for provisional admission). Acceptable score on GRE, recommendation letters , an essay, and an admission interview

Campbell School of Education Admission Requirements


Master of Divinity and MA in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Dual Degree Curriculum

Master of Divinity Core Curriculum

Core Credit Hours
Biblical Studies 12 hrs
Historical/Theological Studies 12 hrs
Ministry Studies 15 hrs
Spiritual & Vocational Formation 10 hrs

Counseling and Chaplaincy Concentration

Course Credit Hours
DIVI 5622 Professional Orientation & Ethics in Counseling* 3
DIVI 5649 Spirituality, Religion, and Diversity for Professional Counselors* 3
DIVI 6031 Life-Span Development* 3

DIVI 5475 Clinical Pastoral Education


DIVI 5490 Counseling/Chaplaincy Education




DIVI 4301 Practice of Preaching


DIVI 4422 Ministry of Writing



DIVI 6130 Family Systems in Congregational Ministry


DIVI 6903 The Family


DIVI 5449 Special Topics in Pastoral Care






M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Curriculum

Course Credit Hours
CEDU 526 Drug Treatment for Mental Health Disorders 1
CEDU 544 Family Therapy*


CEDU 623 Research Design & Methodology in the Counseling Profession 3
CEDU 624 Counseling Theories & Techniques**  3
EDU 626 Professional Orientation & Ethics in Counseling*  3
EDU 638 Assessment in Counseling  3
CEDU 641 Life Span Development*  3
CEDU 644 Career Counseling  3
CEDU 645 Counseling Skills**  3
EDU 646 Group Counseling  3
CEDU 664 Abnormal Psychology for Counselors  3
CEDU 677 Cognitive Behavioral Therapy**  3
CEDU 679 Child Psychopathology for Professional Counselors  3
CEDU 680 Families & Addiction for Professional Counselors**  3
CEDU 683 Substance Abuse Seminar for Professional Counselors*  3
CEDU 684 Crisis Intervention Seminar for Professional Counselors*  3
CEDU 685 Spirituality, Religion, and Diversity for Professional Counselors*  3
CEDU 687 Clinical Supervision/Advanced Skills  3
CEDU 690 Practicum in Counseling  3
CEDU 695 Internship in Counseling  6

*These courses are cross-listed with the Divinity School and the School of Education and can be taken by Divinity students for credit toward the MDiv degree.
** These courses are cross-listed with the Divinity School and the School of Education and can be taken by Divinity students accepted into the MACMHC program.

After completing 30 credit hours of classes towards the MDiv, students can seek approval to begin taking classes in the MACMHC program. The first MACMHC course students need to take is CEDU 626 Professional Orientation & Ethics in Counseling. Approval must be obtained from both the MDiv and MACMHC program to take cross-listed courses.

Courses approved for dual degree credit will be cross-listed and recorded on the student’s transcript with the course number of the home school. Upon completion of the MDiv degree and acceptance into the dual degree program, the eligible courses will be recorded as transfer credits and will be applied to the student’s transcript for the MACMHC degree (Must receive a grade of B or better). Transfer credits will be listed as appropriate on the student’s record for each degree program.

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For More Information

Divinity School Admissions Office
800-334-4111, ext. 1830

School of Education
Dr. Alfred Bryant,
(800) 334-4111, ext. 1632