Dual Degree Programs
This section includes brief descriptions of each dual degree program (double competency option) with the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dual degree means the completion of the full academic requirements for two professions. Those programs are designed to meet the needs of people who seek to be fully accredited and authorized to practice marriage and family therapy as well as other forms of ministry. Candidates interested in a Marriage and Family Therapy degree have the option of pursuing Double Competency with other religious studies degrees: the Master of Divinity, the Master of Arts (Religion), and the Master of Arts in Spirituality.
Marriage and Family Therapy and Divinity
The joint Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Divinity degree program is an advanced degree program for those interested in serving as pastors and wish to be highly trained family counselors as well. Successful candidates must make judicious use of electives during the intensive, four-and-one-half-year course of study, balancing the course requirements of both the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and the Master of Divinity.
Marriage and Family Therapy and Religion
The joint Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Arts (Religion) degree program join theological and religious studies with marriage and family therapy program training to provide an integrated experience for those who desire to work with congregations or church-related or religious agencies as non-ordained ministers.
Successful degree candidates will complete courses in Christian Historical and Theological Studies, Scripture I and II, Denominational Heritage, Study of a particular theologian, additional theological studies, additional Biblical study, Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy courses and a thesis.
Marriage and Family Therapy and Spirituality
The Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Arts in Spirituality dual degree program is for those wishing to gain a deeper personal understanding of spirituality as they prepare to serve professionally as Marriage and Family Therapists. Course work includes a 4-credit "Practicum in Spirituality" in addition to 6 credits of clinical Practicum.