Clinical Mental Health Counseling, M.S./Master of Theological Studies

The combined Master of Theological Studies 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 counseling careers in religious settings with skills in both theology and counseling and who would like to seek licensure as a professional counselor. The combined degree prepares students for specialized work as counselors using knowledge of theological principles as the basis for attending to the mental, emotional, relationship, and spiritual needs of individuals.

Students with this combined degree may pursue a variety of pastoral and counseling careers, including: marriage and family therapy, mental health counseling, and various psychiatric and counseling services.


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