The Master of Divinity (MDiv) in Professional Counseling is a professional-level degree program for individuals planning to enter or continue careers in full-time ministry. A major element of this program provides students with extensive studies in the biblical text and thorough preparation in theology and various areas of practical ministry. Another major element provides students with a foundation for psychology theory, scientific research, and clinical practice. In this context, students learn the different approaches and clinical techniques required for today’s practitioners offering therapeutic services to individuals and groups. Also, a major goal of this program is to help prepare students for licensure in Professional Counseling in their resident state. Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) will be able to provide counseling to individuals and groups through their ministry.
Upon completion of the Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling program, the graduate will be able to:
These outcomes are assessed through a comprehensive examination. A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade (i.e., ”Qualifying” or “Qualifying with Distinction”) for the comprehensive examination given for this degree.
TIME NORMALLY REQUIRED TO COMPLETE THE PROGRAM
The Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling may be completed in about three years. A student may take the courses on a part-time or full-time basis.
CLINICALS AND PRACTICUMS
Students, not Amridge University, are responsible for locating and making arrangements for their practicum and clinical experiences and courses. As such, students are strongly encouraged to begin making the required arrangements several semesters before the semester of the respective student’s first practicum or clinical experiences courses.
Special Note Related to Practicum, Intern, and Clinical Courses for the State of Maryland Residents
Due to Amridge University’s decision regarding licensing issues with the State of Maryland, Amridge University students may not participate in practicum, clinical, or internship experiences within the boundaries of that state. Maryland residents are, of course, fully able to participate in all other study and course areas within the State of Maryland.
Licensure Examination Test Bank
When registered for courses in this program all students are enrolled in the Licensure Examination Text Bank designed to help students prepare for the respective licensure examination in their home state.
GRADUATION REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MASTER OF DIVINITY IN PROFESSIONAL COUNSELING
Before being graduated with the Master of Divinity in Professional Counseling, a student must satisfy the following requirements:
1. A total of 96 graduate semester hours of which at least 51 semester hours must be taken at Amridge University.
2. Complete all required coursework including the specified practicum and clinical training courses. This requirement includes the accumulation and documentation of at least 600 hours of face-to-face clinical experience. Of these 600 hours, a minimum of 500 must be client contact, and a minimum of 100 must be concurrent supervision of that client contact with an approved supervisor, for a minimum ratio of 1 hour of supervision for each 5 hours of client contact. The coursework must include a minimum of 36 semester credit hours in bible or divinity courses.
3. Students in the Master of Divinity in the Professional Counseling program are required to earn at least a grade of a B- (3.0) in each course. A course with a grade below a B- must be repeated.
4. Pass the respective Comprehensive Examination as specified within this publication. The Comprehensive Examination serves as the Program Exit Examination.
5. Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application. The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate. Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met. Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.