This Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling joint degree is for students seeking to enter vocations in religious leadership with skills both in theology and counseling. Students enrolled in the joint 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 joint degree program is designed to ensure that students meet the educational requirements for licensure as professional counselors in North Carolina and most other states. The graduate counseling program is accredited by CACREP (Council on Accreditation of Counseling and Related Programs).
Students in the joint degree program will spend the first two years of the four year program in the Divinity School. The second two years of the joint degree program will be spent satisfying the requirements of the Masters in Counseling full-time Reynolda Campus program.
First Two Years. The School of Divinity’s regular Program of Study requires 47 hours of courses and 6 hours of general electives for a total of 53 hours.
Second Two Years. The Department of Counseling’s Program of Study requires 60 hours of course work. The program of study for joint 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.
Satisfactory academic progress in the Master of Arts in Counseling portion of the program is defined as maintaining a B or better grade point average. Expectations of personal and professional behaviors and/or attitudes are outlined in the Department of Counseling “Evaluation and Continuation Policy.” Continuing eligibility in the Master of Divinity program is outlined in the School of Divinity’s Continuation Policy.
Meets the demand from consumers and employers.
Supports Pro Humanitate and fosters cross-campus collaboration.
Offers a distinctive program of high quality at a low cost.
In summary, the faculties of the School of Divinity and the Department of Counseling believe the Master of Divinity/Master of Arts in Counseling degree will be a distinctive program that would utilize the strengths of both departments to produce marketable and valued graduates.
Up to three students per year will be admitted to the joint 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.