Clinical Mental Health Counseling / Master of Divinity (Combined Degree)

  • College

    College of Professional Advancement, School of Theology

  • Department


  • Degree

    M.S., M.Div.

  • Location



Provide spiritual guidance and counsel in settings of faith

Mercer University’s College of Professional Advancement and School of Theology offer the Combined Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Master of Divinity (M.Div.) to prepare individuals to provide pastoral care and help others. Students gain knowledge of the counseling profession and learn to apply these principles within ministries and faith-based settings.

Mercer’s CACREP-accredited* counseling program provides candidates with relevant internship experience working with clients. Theological coursework further prepares students for careers in chaplaincy and professional counseling or congregational-based mental health counseling. Graduates are prepared to seek licensure as professional counselors in the State of Georgia. In 2019, counseling program graduates achieved a 95% first-time pass rate on the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE).

Begin your career guiding and counseling others

Graduates may pursue a variety of pastoral and counseling careers in areas such as:

  • Pastoral Ministry
  • Pastoral Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Chaplaincy
  • Psychiatric and Counseling Services

*The Clinical Mental Health Counseling program at Mercer University is accredited by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP). Visit our Outcomes page to learn more.

Learn more about our Combined M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling/M.Div.

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Meet Our Professors

Our counseling faculty are industry professionals who teach students current theories and practical applications that enable them to serve in a variety of settings.

Professional licensure

All of Mercer’s programs that lead to licensure are designed to meet the educational requirements of regulatory authorities in the State of Georgia. If you intend to seek licensure or certification outside of Georgia, please review Mercer’s professional licensure disclosure for more information.