Academic Programs Overview

Master’s Level Programs

The Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) is a professional degree designed to provide students with a Christian-based, educational opportunity which will prepare students for licensure through the Texas State Board of Professional Counselors and will enable students to integrate the principles of biblically based spirituality with counseling practice for leadership with the client, within the community, and to the church. Students should refer to the respective board for complete information on how to achieve counseling licensure in the State of Texas.

The Master of Theological Studies (MTS) is an academic degree focused on a specific theological discipline or concentration within a general theological discipline. This degree is designed for those who desire to continue beyond the MTS into further graduate study or who desire a focused area of learning at the graduate level. The degree is not designed for those entering ordained or parish ministry. Students entering ordained ministry should pursue the Master of Divinity degree.

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is the basic professional degree for ordained ministry in the local church, though it also provides preparation for other ministries. The purpose of this degree program is to provide students with a broad, thorough theological, biblical, and historical background so that they will be prepared to be spiritually mature, missional leaders for ministry in the wide variety of ministries represented in the 21st century world, including pastoral, administrative, chaplaincy, and social service ministries.

The Certificate in Christian Spirituality requires nineteen hours of master’s level credit in Christian Spirituality. This certificate can be pursued as a part of a specialized MDiv or MTS degree plan or by those who already possess these degrees.

The Certificate in Spiritual Direction requires twenty-eight hours of master’s level credit—the nineteen hours of the certificate in Christian Spirituality with an additional nine hours for certification as a spiritual director.

The Certificate in Missional Leadership requires twenty-five hours of master’s level credit in missional ministry. This certificate can be pursued as part of a specialized MDiv or MTS degree or by those who already possess these degrees.

Doctor of Ministry Program

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is an advanced professional degree that is designed to provide students with an advanced professional degree which will prepare them to apply theoretical skills within a ministry setting and will enable them to think with a critically developed mind, a spiritually directed character, and a biblically based hermeneutic for life and ministry. Prerequisites for admission to the Doctor of Ministry degree program are completion of the Master of Divinity, or its equivalency, with a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, and at least three years of experience in ministry subsequent to the first graduate theological degree.