This degree is an academic program for graduates who seek to enter the ministry with skills in both theology and in counseling. Students accepted into the dual degree program would be able to complete the requirements for both the Divinity and Master of Arts in Counseling degrees in four years instead of the usual five years. In this combined program, neither the M.Div nor the MA in Counseling degree is compromised. The curriculum is in line with the accreditation bodies of both partners. Graduates would also meet the educational requirements of licensure as professional counselors in North Carolina and in most other states.
Students in the dual degree program spend the first two years of the four year program in the Divinity School. They complete a total of sixty semester hours of core courses, area electives and general electives. The two-semester internship usually taken in the second year of divinity school would be deferred until the second year of the counseling program.
The second two years of the dual degree program is spent satisfying the requirements of the Masters in Counseling program. One new core course will be added as a capstone experience to be taken in the divinity school during the student’s last semester in the counseling program.
Upon successful completion of the sixty hour counseling program, students will receive both the Masters of Divinity and the Masters of Arts in Counseling degrees.
Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada Commission on Accreditation