Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry/Master of Arts in Christian Counseling Dual Degree Plan
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Shelly Melia, Ph.D., M.A. in Children’s Ministry Program Director
Dana Wicker, Ph.D., M.A. in Christian Counseling Program Director
The purpose of the dual Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry and Master of Arts in Christian Counseling degree program is to provide Christ-centered graduate level education to prepare servant leaders for the practical ministry of Christian counseling and children’s ministry leadership by integrating a theological and counseling foundation with a strong foundation in Christian education.
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
- 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)
|DISC 5302||Biblical Servant Leadership|
|GSOM 6310||Ministry Mentorship (S-L)*|
|THEO 5313||Applied Hermeneutics|
|THEO 6305||Christian History and Heritage|
|THEO 6306||Systematic Theology|
||Spiritual Formation and Worship|
|Electives – Select two courses (6 hours) from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Program Director.|
M.A. in Children’s Ministry Required Curriculum - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Early Childhood Ministry|
|MACH 6312||Ministry with Children|
|MACH 6351||Children and the Christian Faith+|
Select a M.A. in Children’s Ministry 9-hour concentration and comlete the required courses.
(Concentrations are listed on the single degree plan.)
M.A. in Christian Counseling Required Curriculum - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)
|COUN 5312||Counseling Theories and Techniques|
|COUN 5314||Lifespan Human Development|
|MACC 6301||Introduction to Christian Counseling|
|MACC 6302||Abnormal Psychology|
|MACC 6303||Christian Counseling Skills|
Elective (3 hours) – Select one course with approval of Program Director.
Select one of the following:
|COUN 5313||Group Counseling Methods|
|COUN 6311||Addictive and Compulsive Disorders|
|COUN 6314||Marriage and Family Counseling|
|COUN 6320||Counseling Victims of Trauma|
|COUN 6324||A Christian Approach to Human Sexuality|
||Biblical Foundation and Models for Small Group Ministry
||Conflict Resolution in Ministry
||Victim Assistance Ministry Training
2(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
+Prerequisite: MACH 6311, MACH 6312
||Required Shared Curriculum
||M.A. in Children’s Ministry Required Curriculum
||M.A. in Christian Counseling Required Curriculum
||TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)
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