Master of Arts in Christian Counseling/Master of Arts in Discipleship DUAL DEGREE PROGRAM
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Dana Wicker, Ph.D., M.A. in Christian Counseling Program Director
Chris Shirley, Ph.D., M.A. in Discipleship Program Director
The purpose of the dual Master of Arts in Christian Counseling and Master of Arts in Discipleship degree program is to provide Christ-centered graduate level education to prepare servant leaders for the practical ministry of Christian counseling and ministry leadership by integrating a theological and counseling foundation with a strong foundation in biblical, historical, and practical studies in developing authentic disciples through the ministry of the local church.
In order to pursue a Dual Master’s Degree program, the applicant must apply to, meet the existing admission requirements for, and be accepted into each of the master’s degrees which comprise the dual degree program.
Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, Ph.D. in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture. Click for Church Membership Form.
- Old Testament Survey
- Interpretation New Testament Survey
- General Psychology
Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution or from a passing grade on the GSOM Old Testament and New Testament equivalency exams and do not count toward degree completion.
Required Shared Curriculum – 24 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Biblical Servant Leadership
||Ministry Mentorship (S-L)*
||Christian History and Heritage
||Spiritual Formation and Worship
|Electives – Select two courses (6 hours) from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Program Director.
M.A. in Christian Counseling Required Curriculum - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Counseling Theories and Techniques
||Lifespan Human Development
||Introduction to Christian Counseling
||Christian Counseling Skills
Select one of the following:
||Group Counseling Methods
||Addictive and Compulsive Disorders
||Marriage and Family Counseling
||Counseling Victims of Trauma
||A Christian Approach to Human Sexuality
||Biblical Foundation and Models for Small Group Ministry
||Conflict Resolution in Ministry
||Victim Assistance Ministry Training
(Other courses may be considered upon approval of the Program Director.)
M.A. in Discipleship Required Curriculum - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Christian Education in the Local Church
||Biblical Strategies for Discipleship
||Principles for Bible Teaching
Select a M.A. in Discipleship 9-hour track and complete the required courses.
(Tracks are listed on the single degree plan.)
*(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
||Required Shared Curriculum
||M.A. in Christian Counseling Required Curriculum
||M.A. in Discipleship Required Curriculum
||TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)
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