Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry/Master of Arts in Christian Counseling
DUAL DEGREE PLAN
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 EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD 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.
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.
REQUIRED SHARED CURRICULUM – 24 hours (excluding prerequisites)
Required Shared Curriculum
DISC 5302 - Biblical Servant Leadership
MA in CHILDREN'S MINISTRY REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)
MACH 6311 - Early Childhood Ministry
MACH 6312 - Ministry with Children
MACH 6351 - Children and the Christian Faith+
Select a MA in Children’s Ministry 9-hour concentration and complete the required courses.
(Concentrations are listed on the single degree plan).
MA IN CHRISTIAN COUNSELING REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)
COUN 5312 - Counseling Theories and Techniques
COUN 5314 - Lifespan Human Development
MAFM 6316 - Faith Formation in the Life Stages
MACC 6301 - Introduction to Christian Counseling
MACC 6302 - Abnormal Psychology
MACC 6303 - Christian Counseling Skills
Recommended Courses: (Elective - 3 hours)
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
DISC 6317 - Biblical Foundation and Models for Small Group Ministry
MACM 6303 - Conflict Resolution in Ministry
MACM 6304 - Victim Assistance Ministry Training
Or a course from one of the following disciplines:
Required Shared Curriculum
MA in Children's Ministry Required Curriculum
MA in Christian Counseling Required Curriculum
TOTAL Dual Degree (excluding prerequisites)
+Prerequisite: MACH 6311 and MACH 6312
(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.
Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.
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