Dual Master’s Program in Medical Sciences and Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine
The MSMS/MHCBM is an 83-credit dual degree program. This program offers students an opportunity to combine a broad-based program in medical sciences with a professional study in mental health counseling and behavioral medicine, including a strong academic foundation in neuroscience.
The MSMS/MHCBM dual degree program is designed to be completed in two years including summer sessions, or in three years excluding summer sessions.
In addition to coursework, graduates will develop research skills in the medical sciences as part of their successful completion of a thesis as well as clinical mental health skills that include substantial field training. Successful completion of the program will also lead to eligibility for independent licensure as a mental health counselor. Students completing the program will be awarded a Master of Science in Medical Sciences and Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine.
Dual degree candidates can cross-register and take courses in both programs during a given semester. All courses will be taught on the Medical Campus. Upon completion of the program, students are required to complete 1,000 hours of clinical field work experience and submit a 50–60 page thesis.
Applicants submit an application to both the Division of Graduate Medical Sciences Master of Science in Medical Sciences program and to the Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine program, indicating on each application that admission to the dual degree is desired. Letters of recommendation, test scores, and transcripts must accompany one of the applications and are shared by both admissions committees. Applicants must submit a personal statement geared towards both programs.
A student already enrolled in either program who would like to pursue the dual degree may, with the support of their academic advisor, apply for formal admission into the program. Upon acceptance, the director of the dual degree program will review the applicant’s current transcripts and determine what courses must be taken to complete the combined dual degree requirements.
Dr. Stephen Brady
Director, Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine Program; Associate Professor of Psychiatry