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Dual Degree Programs

INTRODUCTION

The School of Divinity offers five dual degrees: the M.Div./M.B.A., M.Div./M.A./Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling, the M. Div./M.A. in English, the M.Div./M.A. in English Education, and the M.Div./M.A. in Religion. These degrees are designed to offer ministry students the opportunity to gain additional skills and expertise in areas that will enhance the students’ ministry. Students will register for these courses through the Divinity School and will be awarded the dual degrees upon completion of the requirements for both degrees.

 

Candidates for the dual degree must complete the requirements for both degrees prior to graduation. Should a student opt not to pursue one of the degrees before completion, he or she will be responsible for paying any difference in the per course rate(s) actually charged based on pursuing the dual degree and the rate(s) which would have been charged for courses applied toward the selected degree. The student will also be responsible for repaying any scholarships or grants received based on pursuing a dual degree which the student would not have been eligible for based on the selected degree. Additional financial obligations must be satisfied before the student can be awarded the selected degree. In no case will the University refund money when a student opts out of a dual degree program.

 

Dual degree students must apply to the Graduate School as well as to the School of Divinity, following the admission requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each in order to pursue both degrees. Also, when academic policies and standards differ between the two schools (e.g., grades required for maintaining good academic standing and for graduation), the policies and standards of the appropriate school apply to the respective portion of the dual degree.

 

MASTER OF DIVINITY/MASTER OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

The M.Div./M.B.A. program is designed to enhance the administrative skills and expertise of ministers by permitting them to earn a second degree, the M.B.A., instead of the usual M.Div. concentration. The program has three potential student populations in view: (1) the minister who desires greater expertise in business administration, (2) the church administrator in a large church; or (3) the bi-vocational minister.

 

Foundational courses in accounting, microeconomics, statistics, finance, and microcomputers are pre-requisite to the program. Students lacking academic preparation in these areas may take accelerated non-credit courses at the University to satisfy these requirements (see the M.B.A. section of this catalog for course descriptions).

 

M.B.A. REQUIREMENTS

M.B.A. CORE:
BADM600Managerial Accounting3 hrs.
BADM610Managerial Economics3 hrs.
BADM620Managerial Finance3 hrs.
BADM625Marketing Management3 hrs.
BADM630Organizational Behavior3 hrs.
BADM633Entrepreneurial Management3 hrs.
BADM635Production Research and Operations Management3 hrs.
BADM640Business Law & Ethics3 hrs.
BADM650International Business3 hrs.
BADM690Strategic Management3 hrs.
Restricted M.B.A. Electives6 hrs.

 

M.B.A. REQUIREMENTS
Biblical Studies Electives6 hrs.
Historical/Theological Electives3 hrs.
Practical Ministry Electives3 hrs.
M.Div. Core60 hrs.
TOTAL in the M.Div./M.B.A. Degree108 hrs.

 

MASTER OF DIVINITY/MASTER OF ARTS/EDUCATION SPECIALIST IN MENTAL HEALTH COUNSELING

The M.Div/M.A./Ed.S. in Mental Health Counseling dual degree is designed to meet the needs of individuals who seek to integrate theology, faith and spirituality with counseling theory and clinical experience in the mental health field. The program is designed to meet the educational requirements of licensure as professional counselors in North Carolina and in most other states.

 

Students will complete 60 hours of Core courses in the School of Divinity and 60 hours in the School of Psychology and Counseling. (For School of Divinity Core Requirements, see pp.140-141). The School of Psychology and Counseling portion of the degree includes a Professional Component of 24 hours of which 3 hours is the capstone experience and is taken the last semester the student is enrolled in the program, a Skill Component of 27 hours of which nine hours are electives, and an Applied Component of nine hours of which 3 hours are the Practicum and 6 hours are required Internship in Mental Health Counseling.

 

A. PROFESSIONAL COMPONENT

CEDU610Counseling Theories3 hrs.
CEDU620Methods of Research and Program Evaluation3 hrs.
CEDU650Legal, Ethical and Professional3 hrs.
CEDU665Multicultural Counseling3 hrs.
CEDU640The Counselor as Professional, Practitioner,and Consultant3 hrs.
CEDU635Advanced Psychopathology3 hrs.
CEDU605Advanced Human Growth and Development3 hrs.
CEDU699Professional Development of The Mental Health Counselor3 hrs.

 

B. SKILL COMPONENT

CEDU616Methods of Assessment and Evaluation3 hrs.
CEDU615The Helping Profession3 hrs.
CEDU625Group Counseling3 hrs.
CEDU655Psychodiagnostics and Treatment Planning3 hrs.
CEDU621Crisis Intervention Counseling3 hrs.
CEDU630Individual Psychological Assessment and Measurement3 hrs.
CEDU645Career Development: Theory and Practice3 hrs.
CEDU646Couples and Family Counseling3 hrs. (elective)
CEDU647Child and Adolescent Counseling3 hrs. (elective)
CEDU660Substance Abuse Counseling Seminar3 hrs. (elective)
CEDU667Seminar on Contemporary Issues in Counseling3 hrs.
CEDU692Internship in Mental Health Counseling3 hrs. (elective)

 

C. APPLIED COMPONENT

CEDU670Practicum in Mental Health Counseling3 hrs.
CEDU690Internship in Mental Health Counseling3 hrs.
CEDU691Internship in Mental Health Counseling3 hrs.

 

The Mental Health requirement allows for 9 hours of electives. Students enrolled in the dual degree program may choose to take the following courses from either the School of Divinity or the School of Psychology and Counseling:

 

School of Divinity:School of Psychology and Counseling:
DSPC115 Pastoral Care of FamiliesCEDU646 Couple and Family Counseling
DSPC125 Grief, Loss, Death and DyingCEDU667 Seminar on Contemporary Issues
TOTAL IN THEM.DIV./M.A./ED.S. DEGREE:120 HRS.

 

MASTER OF DIVINITY/MASTER OF ARTS IN ENGLISH OR ENGLISH EDUCATION

The M.Div./M.A. degree is designed to enhance divinity students’ literary skills by permitting them to earn a second degree, the M.A., instead of the usual M.Div. concentration. This degree provides students with a broad and rich literary context from which to do ministry and provides them with a common frame of reference with which to connect with persons of diverse culture and background. Moreover, it provides students with enhanced critical and analytical skills with which to reflect on life and the world while providing them with additional literary models with which to understand and interpret the Scriptures.

 

The degree has two potential student populations in view: (1) the minister who desires greater background in the literary arts as a context for ministry, and (2) the minister who serves in a small church situation and finds it necessary to supplement church-derived income through secular employment. In the latter case an advanced degree in a non-ministerial discipline will be of significant value.

 

The M.Div./M.A. is housed in the School of Divinity and requires completion of the 60 hour core, 6 hours biblical studies electives, 6 hours historical/theological electives, 3 hours practical ministry electives of the M.Div. degree and the 30 hour M.A. in English degree.

 

M.A. IN ENGLISH REQUIREMENTS

ENGL671Literary Criticism3 hrs.
27 additional hours from the following: (Seminar and topics courses in English may be repeated with approval of the program coordinator.)
ENGL555Special Topics3 hrs.
ENGL611Seminar in Brit. Lit.3 hrs.
ENGL613Brit. Lit. Selected Authors3 hrs.
ENGL631Seminar in American Lit.3 hrs.
ENGL633American Lit. Selected Authors3 hrs.
ENGL651Literature: A World Perspective3 hrs.
ENGL673Contemporary Trends in Lit.3 hrs.
ENGL675Young Adult Lit.3 hrs.
ENGL683The Teaching of Writing3 hrs.
ENGL690/691Thesis6 hrs.

 

M.DIV. REQUIREMENTS
     Biblical Studies Electives6 hrs.
     Historical/Theological Electives6 hrs.
     Practical ministry Elective3 hrs.
     M.Div. Core60 hrs.
     TOTAL in the M.Div./M.A. in Eng.105 hrs.

 

*The M.A. in English may be done in one of two configurations: either 24 hours of course credit plus six hours of thesis credit, or 30 hours of course credit with no thesis. All candidates for the M.A. in English must write a comprehensive examination at the conclusion of coursework. Details are available from the program coordinator.

 

M.DIV./M.A. IN ENGLISH EDUCATION**
Required

 

ENED 690/691/692 The English Teacher as Researcher3/1/2 hrs.

 

Methodology in English Education (Select 6 semester hours)
ENED 681 Seminar in Current Issues and Methods of Teaching English3 hrs.
ENED 683 The Teaching of Writing3 hrs.
ENED 685 The Reading/Writing Connection3 hrs.

 

English Content Area Electives (Select 18 semester hours - Seminar and topics courses in English may be repeated with approval of the program coordinator.)
ENGL 555Special Topics3 hrs.
ENGL 611Seminar in British Literature3 hrs.
ENGL 613British Literature: Selected Authors3 hrs.
ENGL 631Seminar in American Literature3 hrs.
ENGL 633American Literature: Selected Authors3 hrs.
ENGL 651Literature: A World Perspective3 hrs.
ENGL 671Literary Theory3 hrs.
ENGL 673Contemporary Trends in Literature3 hrs.
ENGL 675Young Adult Literature3 hrs.
Biblical Studies Electives6 hrs.
Historical/Theological Electives6 hrs.
Practical Ministry Elective3 hrs.
M.Div. Core60 hrs.
Total in the M.Div./M.A. in English Education105 hrs.


** As a Capstone Experience, a Professional Reflections Portfolio is prepared at the end of the program’s coursework, presented to English faculty and graduate students, and evaluated by a faculty committee. Details of this requirement are available from the coordinator of the English Education program.

 

The M.A. in English Education program leads to a recommendation for graduate-level NC Teaching License for those with initial licensure in 9-12 English. Graduate students who do not have initial licensure may obtain the degree but not the graduate-level license. However, students must be teaching some aspect of the discipline of English in a real-world context in order to complete the requirements for this program.

 

MASTER OF DIVINITY/MASTER OF ARTS IN RELIGION

The M.Div. /M.A. in Religion is designed to enhance divinity students with advanced biblical language and research skills by permitting them to earn a second degree, the M.A. in Religion, instead of the usual M.Div. concentration. This degree provides students with a broadened and deepened context in the biblical languages, the academic study of religion, and opportunities in either thesis writing or teaching internship. The breadth of this type of study would enhance the understanding, interpretation, and application of the Scriptures as well as increase understanding of working with diverse persons within and outside parish ministry.

 

The M.Div. /M.A. in Religion is housed in the School of Divinity. Students wishing to pursue the dual degree of Master of Divinity and a Master of Arts in Religion must have the concentration in biblical studies/languages within the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy. The M.Div. /M.A. in Religion requires completion of the 60 hour core, 6 hours of biblical studies electives, 3 hours of historical and theological studies electives, 3 hours of practical ministry electives of the M.Div. degree, and the 36 hour M.A. in Religion for a total of 108 hours. Students must also meet all requirements established by the departments/schools involved for taking courses outside of the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy. Students also select six hours from one of two tracks: the research track (thesis research and writing) or the teaching track (a pedagogy course and an internship in university teaching).

 

Dual degree students must apply to the Graduate School as well as to the School of Divinity, following the admission requirements of the respective programs, and be accepted to each in order to pursue both degrees. Also, when academic policies and standards differ between the two schools (e.g., grades required for maintaining good academic standing and for graduation), the policies and standards of the appropriate school apply to the respective portion of the dual degree.

 

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS
In addition to the basic requirements for admission to the University’s Graduate School (a bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution of higher learning, transcripts, satisfactory scores on either the Graduate Record examination or the Miller Analogies Test, and three positive letters of recommendation), full admission is granted to students who have met the following requirements:

 

  1. Demonstrated proficiency in the biblical languages (normally this proficiency will be achieved through three semesters of Greek and three semesters of Hebrew with a “C” or better in all language courses);
  2. A major in religious studies or the equivalent with a GPA of 2.75 or greater;
  3. Submit a 15-20 page research paper with documented research on a topic in the field of Religious Studies. This essay can be something the applicant has written previously for an academic assignment. The essay must be submitted electronically in Rich Text Format by email to the Graduate School.
  4. A successful departmental interview to determine academic preparation and vocational appropriateness of the degree for the prospective student (students desiring to work in pastoral ministry are directed to a Master of Divinity program rather than the M.A. in Religion).

 

Students lacking the appropriate undergraduate background or language proficiency may be admitted provisionally until prerequisites are met through the completion of a prescribed program.

PURPOSE
The purpose of the program is the academic (rather than parish ministry) study of religion in order to prepare students for one or more of the following possibilities:

 

  1. Meeting Ph.D. entrance requirements
  2. College teaching on the freshman and sophomore levels
  3. Teaching in private schools

 

GOALS
The Master of Arts in Religion program is designed to meet the following goals:

 

  1. Graduate students will develop the research and writing skills essential for scholars in the field of religious studies.
  2. Graduate students will become conversant on the philosophical assumptions, classical and modern theories, and current research in the field or religious studies.
  3. Graduate students will demonstrate proficiency in expressing scholarly ideas through either a written thesis or a supervised teaching experience.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS
       A. Common Core (18 semester hours)

RELI 600 Research Seminar 3 hrs.
RELI 605 Biblical Studies Seminar 3 hrs.
RELI 640 Theological Studies Seminar 3 hrs.
RELI 660 World Religions Seminar 3 hrs.
RELI 680 Literature and Religion Seminar 3 hrs.

One of the following three courses:

RELI 650 Philosophy of Religion Seminar 3 hrs.
RELI 630 Historical Studies Seminar 3 hrs.
RELI 670 Psychology of Religion Seminar 3 hrs.

B. Research or Teaching Track (6 hours)
Advances Research Track: OR Teaching Track:

RELI 695 Thesis 6 hrs. RELI 685 Religious Instruction Seminar 3 hrs.
RELI 690 Graduate Internship 3 hrs.

C. Concentrations (12 hours)*
(1) Biblical Studies/Languages within the Department

RELI 610 Advanced Hebrew Exegesis Seminar 3 hrs.
RELI 620 Advanced Greek Exegesis Seminar 3 hrs.
RELI 615 Old Testament Seminar 3 hrs.
RELI 625 New Testament Seminar 3 hrs.

OR

(2) Out of Department

With approval from the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy and permission of the appropriate department/school, twelve graduate hours may be taken from the Department of English Language and Literature, School of Divinity, School of Education, or School of Psychology and Counseling. These hours may be taken from one department/school or from a combination, based upon the student’s vocational interests.

*Students may choose a combination of courses from the Biblical Studies/Languages concentration along with out-of-department electives. However, students desiring to meet Ph.D. entrance requirements in the area of biblical studies/languages are strongly encouraged to follow the Biblical Studies/Languages concentration and to examine the requirements of the specific Ph.D. program to which they wish to apply.

Biblical Studies Electives (M.Div.) 6 hrs.
Historical/Theological Electives (M.Div.) 3 hrs.
Practical Ministry Electives (M.Div.) 3 hrs.
M.Div. Core 60 hrs.
TOTAL in the M.Div./M.A. in Religion 108 hrs.

 

EXIT CRITERIA
In order to graduate, all students in the program must pass comprehensive written examinations on their course work. These students in the thesis track must pass a successful oral defense of their thesis. Those students in the teaching track must pass a successful written or oral defense of their internship.