Master of Arts in Professional Counseling
and Master of Arts in Student Ministry
Dual Degree Program
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Mary Becerril, Ph.D., M.A. in Professional Counseling Director
Chris Shirley, Ph.D., M.A. in Student Ministry Program Director
The purpose of the dual Master of Arts in Professional Counseling and Master of Arts in Student Ministry degree program is to provide Christ-centered graduate-level education to prepare servant leaders for the practical ministry of professional counseling and student ministry leadership by integrating a counseling foundation with a Christian worldview and a strong foundation in ministry and discipleship with teenagers, college students, and their families.
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.
M.A. IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING PREREQUISITES
(Continuance in the program past the first 18 hours is pending successful completion of these prerequisites.)
General Psychology (or Introduction to Psychology)
Two upper-level Psychology Courses
M.A. IN STUDENT MINISTRY PREREQUISITES
Old Testament Survey
New Testament Survey
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.
Applicants to the Master of Professional Counseling program will submit all required application forms to the graduate office. Application files will be forwarded to the MAPC Admissions committee for review. The MAPC committee will schedule personal interviews with applicants. The committee will consider each applicant’s (1) relevance of career goals, (2) aptitude for graduate level study, (3) potential success in forming effective counseling relationships, and (4) respect for cultural differences. Committee recommendations will be sent to the university’s graduate admissions committee for final admission decisions.
ORIENTATION OF NEW STUDENTS
At the beginning of each semester (fall, spring, summer), new students will attend a student orientation scheduled by the MAPC director. At the orientation, the program director will (1) distribute and review the MAPC Student Handbook, (2) discuss students’ ethical and professional obligations and personal growth expectations as counselors-in-training, and (3) review eligibility requirements for LPC licensure in the state of Texas.
The orientation will also include a review of the MAPC Counseling Agreement Contract. By signing this agreement, 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 Professional Counseling Program. No student will be allowed to register for practicum until all sessions are complete.
Master of Arts in Professional Counseling Practicum/Internship
The Practicum/Internship experience consists of three courses, COUN 6317 Practicum, COUN 6318 Internship I (S-L), and COUN 6319 Internship II (S-L), completed sequentially. The Practicum/Internship is the culmination of the M.A. in Professional Counseling degree program and is intended to provide practical experience for students as they make plans to enter the counseling profession. The 3 (three) courses include supervised delivery of direct counseling services in an approved agency or institution. Students are evaluated on a wide range of personal and professional criteria which includes analysis of video-recorded counseling sessions and seminar discussions of counseling theories, methods, and techniques. (S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
Students should attempt to enroll in the 3 (three) Practicum/Internship courses sequentially. In order to progress through the 3 (three) courses, a grade of “B” or higher must be earned. In the event of any grade below a “B,” the course will have to be repeated until at least a “B” is earned. The student is responsible for any remedial work that may be suggested by the faculty in order to successfully complete the Practicum/Internship course.
In order to proceed to Practicum/Internship, students must meet the following criteria:
• Student must have completed the 8 required personal counseling sessions.
• Student must have completed the 12 hours of undergraduate prerequisite courses.
• Student must have a current GPA of 3.0 or above.
• Student must secure an internship site before enrolling in Internship I.
M.A. IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING REQUIRED CURRICULUM (60 hours) (excluding prerequisites)
*This course is designed for students who do not finish the 600 hours required for Internship at the end of COUN 6319 Internship II. Students may enroll in COUN 6101 one time, in order to complete the required hours. A final grade for COUN 6319 Internship II will be issued upon completion of the 600 hours.
M.A. in Student Ministry Required Curriculum - 27 hours (excluding prerequisites)
||Biblical Servant Leadership
||Ministry with Students
||Christian History and Heritage
||Spiritual Formation and Worship
|Select three of the following:
||Family-Based Student Ministry
||Student Cultural Issues
||Student Ministry in a Global Context
|(COUN 6317 satisfies the requirement for GSOM 6310 Ministry Mentorship)
*(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
||M.A. in Professional Counseling Required Curriculum
||M.A. in Student Ministry Required Curriculum
||TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)