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

The Dual Master of Divinity and Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, is a program developed in collaboration between Mercer’s McAfee School of Theology and Penfield College. 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 dual 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 dual 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 dual 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 Penfield College's M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.


Mercer University counseling graduates have consistently averaged pass rates of 95% and above on their first attempt of the Counselor Preparation Comprehensive Examination (CPCE) and on the National Counseling Exam (NCE). Mercer students have also consistently averaged scores on these exams that are above the national average scores for other counseling programs. View the Program/Student Outcomes page to learn more.