About the Degree

This Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling dual degree is for students seeking to enter vocations in religious leadership with skills both in theology and counseling.

Students enrolled in the dual degree program can complete the requirements for both the Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling degrees in four years instead of the five years needed if each program is undertaken separately. The curriculum meets the accrediting standards for each degree program. The dual degree program is designed to ensure that students meet the educational requirements for licensure as professional counselors in North Carolina and most other states.

Learn more about the MA in Counseling at Wake Forest University.

How to Apply

Up to three students per year will be admitted to the dual degree program. Applicants must be accepted for admission by both the Department of Counseling and by the School of Divinity, and are required to submit applications to both schools by January 15.

Plan of Study and Requirements

Students in the dual degree program will spend the first two years of the four-year program in the Divinity School. The second two years of the dual degree program will be spent satisfying the requirements of the Masters in Counseling full-time Reynolda Campus program.

Divinity Requirements

First Two Years.  During these first two years, students complete on average 50-53 credit hours of required courses, required electives, and general electives

Counseling Requirements

Second Two Years. The Department of Counseling’s Program of Study requires 60 hours of coursework. The program of study for dual degree students would be the same as those students in the Counseling Program.

Upon successful completion of the counseling program, students will receive both the Masters of Divinity and the Masters of Arts in Counseling degrees.

Accreditation Information

Wake Forest University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Wake Forest University may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website https://www.sacscoc.org.

Wake Forest University School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: Master of Divinity and Doctor of Ministry.