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Integrated Master of Arts in Christian Ministry and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.C.M., M.A.C.M.H.C.)

DR. SCOTT STEVENS
Program Director 

The integrated Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.) and Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (M.A.C.M.H.C.) program is designed to prepare students to serve in roles requiring both theological education and clinical mental health counseling skills. Examples of such positions include church counseling ministers, Christian school counselors, denomination/associational leaders, and leaders of faith-based service organizations and non-profits.

Integration is achieved in two ways. First, students are able to pursue both degrees simultaneously, creating a synergism between the two curricula. Second, pursuing these two degrees separately would require a total of 96 hours of course work; by recognizing 9 hours of the M.A.C.M.H.C. coursework as fulfilling the Spiritual Guidance Specialization requirement in the M.A.C.M, the total coursework for the integrated program is 87 hours.


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Courses

Course List

To see course descriptions, visit the Academic Catalog.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE INTEGRATED M.A.C.M./M.A.C.M.H.C.
M.A.C.M. Requirements (36 Hours)

(9 hours common to both the M.A.C.M. degree and the M.A.C.M.H.C. degree)

Ministry Studies – 6 hours from the following:
RLGN 5301 Early Childhood Ministry
RLGN 5302 Elementary Children’s Ministry
RLGN 5304 Family Ministry
RLGN 5304 History of Missions
RLGN 5305 Strategies for Missions
RLGN 5306 Theology of Missions
RLGN 5307 Youth Evangelism and Discipleship
RLGN 5308 Youth Cultural Issues
RLGN 5312 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
RLGN 5350 The Educational Ministry of the Church
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice

Christian Traditions – 6 hours
RLGN 5300 The Baptists
RLGN 5360 World Christianity

Biblical and Theological Studies – 6 hours from the following:
RLGN 5309 New Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul
RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture
RLGN 5319 Old Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology
RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology
RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology

Foundations Electives – 6 hours from the following:
Any Ministry Studies core courses
Any Biblical and Theological core courses

Spiritual Guidance Specialization – 12 hours
HIED 5303 Christian Servant Leadership
Any 9 hours from the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling curriculum
NOTE: The 9 hours from the M.A.C.M.H.C. curriculum are common to both degrees.

Thesis Option (4 hours) – Students may elect to complete a thesis (requiring completion of both of the following courses). Completion of RLGN 6101 and RLGN 6301 will substitute for one Biblical and Theological Studies course or for one Ministry Studies course.
RLGN 6101 Thesis/Ministry Project 1
RLGN 6301 Thesis/Ministry Project 2*
* RLGN 6301 requires the successful completion of a thesis or ministry project report.
•    A thesis or ministry project report must be determined to be “Acceptable” on all criteria identified in the grading rubric (available online in the Manual for Research Theses and Ministry Project Reports) in order for the student to receive credit (grade of CR) in RLGN 6301 Thesis/Ministry Project 2.
•    If the student submits a thesis/report determined to be anything other than “Acceptable” on any of the criteria in the grading rubric (or does not submit a thesis/report at all), the student will have the following options:
(a) The student may request that the professor give the student an Incomplete for the course. The student must complete the thesis/report by the due date determined by the professor to receive credit (CR) for the course. The student who fails to satisfy this requirement will be given the opportunity to choose one of the two options below.
(b) The student will receive a grade of NC (no credit) for the course and register for RLGN 6301 Thesis/Ministry Project 2 for the next semester.
(c) The student will receive a grade of NC (no credit) for the course and register or an elective course to complete graduation requirements for the MACM degree.


M.A.C.M.H.C. Requirements (60 hours) – Offered in the School of Natural and Social Sciences, Department of Behavioral Sciences
(9 hours common to both the M.A.C.M. degree and the M.A.C.M.H.C. degree)

COUN 5301 Theories of Counseling
COUN 4304 Professional Orientation in Counseling
COUN 5305 Group Counseling
COUN 5309 Assessment for Counselors
COUN 5312 Lifespan Development
COUN 5316 Psychopathology and Diagnosis
COUN 5321 Research and Program Evaluation
COUN 5327 Sociocultural Issues in Counseling
COUN 5330 Professional Issues and Ethics for Practice
COUN 5335 Techniques in Counseling
COUN 6301 Marriage and Family Therapy or COUN 5303 Counseling Children and Adolescents
COUN 6305 Career Counseling Across the Lifespan
COUN 6313 Counseling Practicum I
COUN 6320 Psychopharmacology and Treatment
COUN 6322 Crisis and Trauma Intervention
COUN 6324 Advanced Ethics for Professional Practice
COUN 6326 Addictions Counseling
COUN 6350 Counseling Internship I
COUN 6352 Counseling Internship II
Students must complete 3 hours from the following courses:
COUN 5302 Introduction to Play therapy
COUN 6351 Faith Integration in Counseling

Total Minimum Credit Hours Required for the Integrated M.A.C.M./M.A.C.M.H.C.: 87

Overview

MISSION STATEMENT 
The mission of the Department of Religion is to equip students to be life-long learners of the Bible, models of growing disciples of Jesus Christ, servant leaders, and agents of God’s transformative work among churches and the world. 

STATEMENT OF PHILOSOPHY 
The nature of graduate education is to foster an environment with the student as an active participant in the learning process as leader, researcher, and practitioner. Significant time is spent on the review of the literature of the discipline. The activities of the course are writing intensive, engage the biblical text more closely and thoroughly than is typical in an undergraduate course, require careful, detailed analysis of diverse and conflicting interpretations, incorporate reflective thought on the part of the student, include an increased expectation of independent research, and necessitate a search for additional resources to bring to class to inform discussion. At their discretion students may work in collaborative groups to complete the course goals and objectives, but each student must be prepared to participate personally in seminar discussions and presentations.

GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS
For the Master of Arts in Religion and the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry, students will complete a total of 36-37 graduate credit hours with a grade of “C” or higher and maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average. Students must complete all requirements for the degree within five years of being granted full admission. Read more about the requirements on the Graduation Requirements page.

DISMISSAL FROM PROGRAM 
1. Students who fail to achieve full admission after the completion of nine graduate hours will be dismissed from the program.
2. Students who fail to maintain at least a 2.75 grade point average will be placed on probation and will have one semester to raise the grade point average. Following that semester, failure to regain at least a 2.75 grade point average will result in dismissal from the program.
3. Students who earn a grade of “D” or “F” in any one course may be dismissed from the program based on a recommendation from the Program Director and Dean.

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES
 1. Students will (a) construct a biblical approach to ministry and (b) design a personal philosophy of ministry grounded in Scripture and tailored to his or her calling, personality, and gifting.
 2. Students will demonstrate skills in Christian ministry such as (a) leading devotions on biblical concepts and passages and (b) planning worship services.
 3. Students will demonstrate the ability to prepare Bible studies or sermons
 4. Students will (a) demonstrate knowledge of the seven pillars of leadership, and/or (b) evaluate models of Christian leadership, and/or (c) demonstrate the ability to apply the principles of Christian servant leadership to ministry situations.
 5. Students will apply key principles and strategies used in contemporary global missions.
 6. Students will demonstrate skills in using the various methodologies of biblical interpretation in analysis of selected biblical texts.
 7. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the significance of major doctrinal themes of the Christian faith, their biblical foundations, and their historical and contemporary expressions.
 8. Students will identify and explain the basic contributions to moral philosophy and Christian ethics of key figures of the Western tradition.
 9. Students will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of evangelistic methods used worldwide.
10. Students will defend the biblical and theological basis for evangelism and display proficiency in sharing the gospel in a variety of contexts.

Manual for Research Theses and Ministry Project Reports
Course Rotation

Summer 2020
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Fall 2020
RLGN 5300 The Baptists
RLGN 5301 Early Childhood Ministry
RLGN 5306 Theology of Missions
RLGN 5319 Old Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5331 New Testament Ecclesiology
HIED 5303 Christian Servant Leadership 

Spring 2021
RLGN 5304 History of Missions
RLGN 5307 Youth Evangelism and Discipleship
RLGN 5311 Christianity and Contemporary Culture 
RLGN 5330 New Testament Theology 
RLGN 5350 The Educational Ministry of the Church 

Summer 2021
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Fall 2021
RLGN 5302 Elementary Children's Ministry
RLGN 5303 Family Ministry
RLGN 5308 Youth Cultural Issues
RLGN 5310 The Christian Life in the Letters of Paul 
RLGN 5340 Peoples, Theology, and Literature of the Ancient Near East and Israel 
RLGN 5360 World Christianity

Spring 2022
RLGN 5300 The Baptists
RLGN 5305 Strategies for Missions
RLGN 5309 New Testament Exegesis
RLGN 5312 Understanding the Contemporary Mind and Religion
RLGN 5320 Old Testament Theology
RLGN 5355 Spiritual Formation: Scripture, Tradition, and Practice

Summer 2022
RLGN 5342 Selected Topics in Theology
RLGN 5352 Selected Topics in Ministry

Additionally the Thesis/Ministry Project courses [RLGN 6101 and RLGN 6301] will be offered as needed.