Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S./Master of Divinity

The Combined Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, is a program developed in collaboration between Mercer University's McAfee School of Theology and College of Professional Advancement.This degree is for students seeking to pursue leadership in religious settings with skills both in theology and counseling and who would like to seek licensure as a professional counselor. The combined degree prepares students to meet the increasing demand of ministers and other church personnel are called upon to attend to the mental, emotional and relational needs of their members in addition to their spiritual needs.

Students with this combined degree may pursue a variety of pastoral and counseling careers, including:

  • Pastoral ministry
  • Pastoral counseling
  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Mental health counseling
  • Chaplaincy
  • Various psychiatric and counseling services


Students enrolled in the combined degree program will complete the requirements for both the Master of Divinity and the M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degrees. Applicants must meet the admission requirements for both the McAfee School of Theology's Master of Divinity and the College of Professional Advancement's M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.


In 2018, Mercer University counseling graduates achieved a 100% pass rate on their first attempt of the national Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE). Mercer students have also consistently averaged scores on these exams that are above the national average scores for other counseling programs. Visit our Program/Student Outcomes page to learn more.