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Master of Divinity / Master of Arts in Christian Counseling Dual Degree

Prepare for various careers in professional counseling and/or pastoral ministry through the Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Christian Counseling dual degree.* By integrating the theological training and ministry components of the M.Div. with the counseling training and practicum experience of the M.A. in Christian Counseling, you’ll expand the breadth of your foundation and the scope of your opportunities to serve.

Students will be prepared to meet ordination requirements for many Protestant denominations in the U.S., as well as service in chaplaincy programs (military, hospital, national parks and others). Upon graduating, they will also be qualified to sit for the national Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) and/or Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) licensure examinations.

*Students who complete this program earn two separate degrees—the M.Div. and the M.A. in Christian Counseling. The dual curriculum allows up to 30 hours of shared credit, which reduces the amount of time required if both were pursued separately. Students interested in pastoral care and counseling as a concentration, rather than a degree, may consider the M.Div. Pastoral Care Track.

Typical Student

Students in the dual degree program are looking to integrate the strength of the M.Div. program (which enrolls nearly 40% of our students) with the focused training of the M.A. in Christian Counseling. They are a diverse group of people with an interest in ministering to and caring for others through pastoral or clinical counseling, military or hospital chaplaincy, or a variety of other settings.

Potential Careers

  • Pastoral ministry
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Chaplaincy
  • Various psychiatric and counseling services

Program Distinctives

  • Mentored Ministry component provides supervised practical ministry opportunities and carries course credit
  • Supervised clinical counseling practicum and internship experience
  • Professional and integrative seminars designed to incorporate theological studies with counseling theories and practices
  • Rigorous courses offered in various formats (evenings, weekends, week intensives and online/hybrid) to accommodate your schedule
  • Convenient, economical and innovative adult education system
  • Renowned, highly qualified and experienced faculty
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from your home
  • Access to library resources and classes at other top-tier institutions through the Carolina Theological Consortium
  • Access to research and annual lectureship series through The Robert C. Cooley Center for the Study of Early Christianity
  • Graduates interested in pursuing a Ph.D. or Psy.D. are qualified to enter Massachusetts School of Professional Psychology or Rosemead School of Psychology with advanced standing upon acceptance to either program

Program Details

  • Degree requirements
  • Completion time: 4 years of full-time study (may span longer if pursued part-time)

Spotlight Alum

“When I discovered the M.Div./MACC program, I was sold on Gordon-Conwell. I particularly liked the integrative approach in which we constantly looked at how Scripture applied to the concepts we were learning. The M.Div. gave me a depth of knowledge in the Scriptures and languages that allow me to speak with confidence into my clients lives.”

Jerry Lankford, MACC ’06, M.Div. ‘09
Founder and President, Lifecare Counseling and Coaching | Raleigh, N.C.; Founder, Corporate Grace | Cary, N.C.


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