Clinical Mental Health Counseling / Master of Theological Studies (Combined Degree)

  • College

    College of Professional Advancement, School of Theology

  • Department


  • Degree

    M.S., M.T.S.

  • Location



Merge your passions for improving the mental and spiritual well-being of others

Mercer University’s Combined Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling/Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) integrates counselor education and theological preparation through the College of Professional Advancement and School of Theology. This program is ideal for individuals interested in addressing the behavioral and spiritual challenges many face today. Students learn theological foundations in biblical studies, church traditions, philosophy, and ethics, and gain knowledge in the counseling profession. Mercer’s CACREP-accredited* counseling program provides candidates with relevant internship experience working with clients.

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).

Counsel others using a theological foundation

Graduates of the combined degree program may pursue a variety of pastoral and counseling careers including:

  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Mental Health Counseling
  • Various 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.T.S.

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Meet Our Professors

Current practitioners teach counseling coursework and guide students to gain a solid understanding of the counseling professional.

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.