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Master of Arts in Children’s Ministry/Master of Arts in Christian Counseling


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

  • 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)


credit hours

Required Shared Curriculum


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
WORS 6303 - Spiritual Formation and Worship
Electives - Select two courses (6 hours) from the Graduate School of Ministry with approval of Program Director.

MA in CHILDREN'S MINISTRY REQUIRED CURRICULUM - 18 hours (excluding prerequisites)


credit hours

Required Curriculum


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)


credit hours

Required Curriculum


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:



24 hours

Required Shared Curriculum

18 hours

MA in Children's Ministry Required Curriculum

18 hours

MA in Christian Counseling Required Curriculum

60 hours

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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