Dual Degree: MDiv and MA in Counseling

A dual degree student will graduate with two masters degrees in less time than it would take to complete those degrees individually.

The dual degree master of divinity and master of arts in counseling combines the theological, biblical and pastoral training of a master of divinity with the psychologically and spiritually grounded professional counseling training of the master of arts in counseling degree.

Degree Requirements

Students will complete 60 hours of course work for the master of divinity degree. Students will not take any of the 23 track-specific electives or track-specific mentored ministry in the seminary. Advisors will help students decide how the master of divinity core requirements will be reduced.

For the master of arts in counseling, students will complete 60 credit hours toward the degree.

The dual degree advisor will work with each student on a case-by-case basis to determine which course substitutions are more suitable in light of schedule constraints and individual needs.

Admissions Requirements

To be admitted to the dual-degree program students must be accepted to both the master of divinity program and the master of arts in counseling program. Students may fill out one application for both programs. Applicants are strongly encouraged to communicate how they will integrate the two degrees in their essay. They must also choose an academic reference, a pastoral reference and a professional reference. Applications for the MDiv/MAC dual degree are requested by March 1. Applications may be accepted after this date.


Students will generally spend their first year in seminary, the second and third year in the master of arts in counseling program and their final year in seminary. An advisor will help you navigate the requirements of both programs.

Seminary core requirements include

  • FS 501/502 Formation in God’s Story I and II
  • BVOT 511 Old Testament: Text in Context
  • BVNT 512 New Testament: Text in Context
  • CTH 501/512 Christian Tradition I and II
  • FS 601/602 Formation in Ministry I and II
  • CTT 634 Living Theology
  • CM 643 Missio Dei in Cultural Context
  • CTE 702 Christian Ethics
  • 12 hours of Biblical languages or the alternate language track

Master of arts in counseling core requirements include

  • Professional Identity, Function & Ethics
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Psychopathology
  • Counseling Theories
  • Integrated Counseling Process
  • Group Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention & Trauma Healing
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Counseling Children & Adolescents
  • Expressive Therapies
  • Counseling Research & Program Evaluation
  • Marriage & Family Counseling
  • Career Development
  • Assessment & Evaluation Procedures
  • Addictions Counseling
  • Internship and practicum experiences are also required.

For more information about the dual degree program contact Stephanie Whitson at stephanie.whitson@emu.edu.

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