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Master of Arts in Children's Ministry and Master of Arts in Counseling Dual Degree Program
Shelly Melia, Ph.D., M.A. in Children's Ministry Program Director
Mary L. Becerril, Ph.D., M.A. in Counseling Program Director
Joe Cook, Ph.D. , M.A. in Counseling Program Director, DBU North
The purpose of the dual Master of Arts in Children's Ministry and Master of Counseling degree program is to provide Christ-centered graduate level education to prepare servant leaders for children's ministry leadership by integrating a strong foundation in Christian Education and to provide counseling services in a variety of settings such as community counseling centers, drug and alcohol treatment facilities, college and university counseling centers, Christian counseling centers, private psychiatric hospitals, abuse shelters, churches, rehabilitation centers, and private practice.
The M.A. in Children's Ministry (9 hours):
- Old Testament Survey or THEO 5307 Old Testament Literature and Interpretation
- New Testament Survey or THEO 5308 New Testament Literature and Interpretation
- 3000/4000 Level Religion Course of 5000/6000 Level Theology Course
1Prerequisites may be met with equivalent courses from another institution and do not count toward degree completion.
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 here to download form.
The M.A. in Counseling (12 hours):
- General Psychology (or Introduction to Psychology)
- Two upper-level Psychology courses
- Grades of "C" or better are accepted for prerequisites
NOTE: Continuance in the program past the first twelve (12) hours is pending submission of a satisfactory score on the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) or Graduate Record Examinations® (GRE®).
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.
Applicants desiring to transfer from a master’s counseling program at another university to the M.A. in Counseling Program at DBU are required to submit an official letter which states that the applicant is a student in good standing and is eligible to complete that program as well as enroll in practicum classes. This letter should be from the Dean or the Program Director and is to be submitted with the application to the DBU program.
Master of Arts in Counseling/Master of Education in School Counseling Agreement Contract:
Newly admitted students will meet with the Program Director, at which time the Master of Arts in Counseling Agreement Contract will be explained and discussed. By signing this agreement contract, new students are stating their willingness to be evaluated on nine characteristics deemed necessary for the development of an ethical and competent counselor. These characteristics are implied from the expectations of professional and personal competence and responsibility and are as follows: openness, flexibility, positiveness, cooperativeness, willingness to use and accept feedback, awareness of impact on others, ability to deal with conflict, ability to accept personal responsibility, and ability to express feelings effectively and appropriately. In addition, the student's signature on the contract expresses agreement to attend eight counseling sessions during the first two semesters in the M.A. in Counseling Program.
|Shared Practicum Requirement
||Specialized Preparation for M.A. in Children's Ministry
||Specialized Preparation for M.A. in Counseling
||TOTAL Dual Degree
SHARED PRACTICUM REQUIREMENT (3 hours)
||Counseling Practicum I (S-L)2*
|* COUN 6317 satisfies the M.A. in Children's Ministry requirement of GSOM 6310 Ministry Mentorship.
SPECIALIZED PREPARATION FOR M.A. IN CHILDREN'S MINISTRY (27 hours)
SPECIALIZED PREPARATION FOR M.A. IN COUNSELING (49 hours)
2(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service component
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