May 30, 2020  
Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog 2019-2020 
Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog 2019-2020

Master of Divinity and Master of Science, Clinical Mental Health Counseling Dual Degrees (M.Div.+MSMHC)

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Purpose and Outcomes

The Master of Divinity/Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling is awarded jointly by the School of Ministry and the School of Education and Behavioral Studies. The goal of the M.Div./M.S. Dual Degree is to educate students to assume responsibilities as pastors or counselors for churches or para-church organizations. The program is directed toward providing didactic and experiential education to students that will allow them to:

  1. develop the biblical, theological and historical knowledge to assist leading and shepherding a church or para-church organization; and,
  2. develop the biblical, historical, theoretical, and practical knowledge to offer professional counseling services in a church or para-church setting.

Course Schedule/Structure

There are a variety of scheduling options for successfully completing the MDiv+MSMHC Dual Degree coursework. The time required will depend upon the student’s initiative in scheduling counseling courses while still completing M.Div. courses, either during summer sessions or during a fall or spring semester.

To increase the likelihood of success and preventing students from overextending themselves academically, each student will be required to design a complete course sequence for both M.Div. and counseling courses by the end of his/her first semester. This plan must be formulated in consultation with and authorized by the student’s MDiv and MSMHC advisors.

Degree Requirements

A total of 114 credit hours are required. As part of the dual degrees, students must successfully complete 54 credit hours of M.Div. coursework and 60 credit hours of graduate counseling coursework. When completed separately, the traditional M.Div. program at PBA requires 72 credit hours and the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling 60 credit hours. 

Students who intend to enroll in the dual degree must be accepted into both programs separately. Upon admission to the dual degree program students are able to enroll in both M.Div. and counseling courses during the same semester as time and schedules permit. No degree is awarded until the student completes the entire program and meets all degree requirements for both degrees.

Students with a bachelor’s degree in a non-ministry major are required to complete up to 24 hours of specific pre-requisite coursework at the undergraduate or graduate level. These courses must be successfully completed prior to attempting the graduate courses. Students’ pre-requisite courses in which grades below “C-” have been earned are unacceptable.

A grade of at least “C-” and a GPA of at least 2.5 on a four-point scale is required for “successful” completion of all M.Div. coursework. A grade of at least “C” and a GPA of at least 3.0 on a four-point scale is required for “successful” completion of all graduate counseling coursework. Students must complete all degree requirements within 10 years from matriculation into the program.

Curriculum Requirements

114 Credit Hours


Program Learning Outcomes

“Expected student learning outcomes specify the knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes students are expected to attain in courses or in a program.” Page 69. Resource Manual for the Principles of Accreditation: Foundations for Quality Enhancement, Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), 2018.

1.Evaluate and synthesize interpretive methods and traditions, and apply exegetical method to the interpretation of a biblical text

2.Analyze and evaluate the broader heritage of the Christian tradition, the more specific character of particular Christian traditions and communities, the ways these traditions transcend particular social and cultural settings, and the ways they come to unique expressions within such settings

3.Appraise the cultural realities and structures in which the church lives and carries out its mission and design a creative response to these realities

4.Develop the capacities for personal faith, emotional maturity and moral integrity that are requisite to a life of ministerial leadership

5.Cultivate the capacities for ministerial leadership within both the congregation and the broader public context

Required Master of Divinity Courses - 54 Credit Hours

Biblical Language Courses - 8 Credit Hours

It is recommended that students take four semesters of one biblical language to satisfy the M.Div. language requirement.

Required Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling Courses - 60 Credit Hours


These MSMHC courses also count toward the MDiv 12 hours of elective-credit requirements.

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