M.Div/M.S in Patient Counseling

This dual degree is offered in cooperation with the School of Allied Health Professions at VCU and is designed to equip chaplains and pastoral counselors for the practice of ministry in their fields.

To participate in the program, a student must be admitted to both the M.Div. program at BTSR and the Master of Science degree in Patient Counseling at VCU. Admission to BTSR does not assure admission to VCU. The deadline for applying to VCU is February 1 of the first year at BTSR.

The program is designed for completion in four full years. Upon completion of all study the student receives a Master of Divinity degree from BTSR and a Master of Science degree in Patient Counseling from VCU.

The student spends the first two years of study in theological class work at BTSR, with summers devoted to Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs at VCU. During the third year of the program, the focus of learning is at the Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, where specifically designed advanced CPE work will join interdisciplinary seminars taught in tandem by university and seminary faculty, on a rotating basis. Course requirements are completed at BTSR during the fourth year. The list of required courses at BTSR follows below.

For more information about this program, contact the Director of Admissions. For specific questions about admission, tuition, and financial aid at VCU, call the Program of Patient Counseling at (804) 828-0928.

Students must complete 60 semester hours at BTSR:

Biblical Studies (18 semester hours)

BLOT101 Interpreting Torah and Former Prophets BLOT102 Interpreting Prophets and Writings
BLNT101 Intrepreting Jesus and the Gospels BLNT102 Interpreting Acts, Letters, and the Apocalypse
BLGH/BLGG 101 Hebrew or Greek I BLGH/BLGG 201 Hebrew or Greek II

Historical/Theological Studies (18 semester hours)

HTCT101 History of Global Christianity I    HTCT102 History of Global Christianity II
HTTE101 Christian Theology and Ethics I  HTTE102 Christian Theology and Ethics II
HTCW101 God’s Mission in the World  HTTE 103 Theology of the Church

Practical Theology (12 semester hours)

PTSP101 Exploring Ministerial Identity   PTSP102 Christian Spirituality
PTCL201 Ministry of Preaching  PTPC101 Basic Pastoral Care

Elective Courses (12 semester hours)