Dual Master’s Program in Medical Sciences and Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine

The MAMS/MHCBM is a three-year, 83-credit dual degree program. This program offers students an opportunity to combine a broad-based program in Medical Sciences with professional study in Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine, including a strong academic foundation in neuroscience. Completion of the program earns students two master’s degrees.

The MAMS/MHCBM dual degree program is a three-year program; in some cases, the degree may be completed in 2 1/2 years, although this is not the modal trajectory. Summer sessions are also included.

In addition to coursework, graduates will develop research skills in the medical sciences with 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 two master’s degrees: Master of Science in Medical Sciences and Master of Arts in Mental Health Counseling & Behavioral Medicine.

Course Requirements

Dual degree candidates can cross-register and take courses in both programs. All courses are taught on the Medical Campus. Successful completion of the program includes approximately 1,000 hours of clinical field work experience and 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.

Dual Degree Program Curriculum

Year 1 (Fall Semester)

  • GMS PH 730 Human Physiology A (4 cr)
  • GMS BI 751 Biochemistry (6 cr)
  • GMS AN 722 Histology (4 cr)
  • GMS MH 707 Research and Evaluation (3 cr)

Total semester hours: 17 credits

Year 1 (Spring Semester)

  • GMS PH 731 Human Physiology B/Endocrinology (4 cr)
  • GMS MS 640 Biomedical Information (2 cr)
  • GMS MS 700 Biostatistics (2 cr)
  • GMS PA 600 Pathology or other electives (3 cr)
  • GMS PA 510 Immunology or Anatomy (2 cr)

Total semester hours: 14 credits

Year 1 (Summer Semester)

Summer Session 1

  • GMS MS 812 Addictions (3 cr)

Summer Session II

  • Directed Thesis Research (3 cr)

Year 2 (Fall Semester)

  • GMS MH 703 Counseling Techniques (3 cr)
  • GMS MH 710 Basic Mental Health Assessment
  • GMS MH 705 Psychopathology (3 cr)
  • GMS MH 901 Orientation to Professional Counseling (3 cr)
  • GMS MH 704 Group Work Dynamics (3 cr)
  • Process Group

Total semester hours: 15 credits

Year 2 (Spring Semester)

  • GMS MH 701 Counseling Theory (3 cr)
  • GMS MH 706 Social and Cultural Foundations (3 cr)
  • GMS MH 717 Theory and Practice of Child and Adolescent Counseling (3 cr elective)
  • GMS MH 902 Practicum Supervision (3 cr)

Total semester hours: 9–12 credits

Year 3 (Fall Semester)

  • GMS MH 708 Human Growth and Development (3 cr)
  • GMS MH 712 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 cr elective)
  • GMS MH 714 Behavioral Medicine and Applied Health Psychology (3 cr)
  • GMS MH 921 Internship Supervision (6 cr)

Total semester hours: 12–15 credits

Year 3 (Spring Semester)

  • GMS MH 702 Professional Orientation and Ethics (3 cr)
  • GMS MH 713 Human Sexuality (3 cr elective)
  • GMS MH 716 Career and Vocational Counseling (3 cr)
  • GMS MH 922 Internship Supervision (6 cr)

Total semester hours: 12–15 credits