Grand Canyon University

M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry


3300 W Camelback Rd

Phoenix, AZ 85017

United States



Program Information

Degrees Offered:

M.S. in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry

Format: Online

Program Description:

Earn Your Mental Health Master of Science with a Christian Ministry Emphasis

The mental health and wellness fields are natural career focuses for future Christian leaders who already have an interest in nurturing the spiritual development of others. Grow a strong foundation of theological wisdom and knowledge as you earn your Master of Science in Mental Health and Wellness with an Emphasis in Christian Ministry degree at Grand Canyon University. Cultivate your own understanding of Christian ministry, biblical principles and truths as you explore methods of supporting the spiritual, behavioral, functional and mental health of others in need.

Offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, this master’s in Christian ministry is an intensive survey of the intersection of Christianity and mental health. Students will closely examine the integration of psychology with Christian theology, and the roles of ethics and cultural diversity as they pertain to the mental health and wellness fields. Fully qualified instructors who are experts in their fields provide practical guidance on research methods and best practices in mental health applications.

Explore the Intersection of Faith and Mental Health

This Christian ministry degree meets GCU’s mission critical competencies. These are critical thinking, effective communication, Christian worldview, leadership, and global awareness, perspective and ethics. Graduates are thoughtful servant leaders who have a keen understanding of contemporary mental health issues and how they relate to the Christian framework. Some of the courses in this MS in mental health and wellness with an emphasis in Christian ministry include the following:

    Mental Health, the Biblical Narrative and Christian Theology
    Integrating Psychology and Christian Thought
    Mental Health Issues in Ministry
    Spiritual Formation, Identity and Wellness
    Mental Health, Wellness and Health Care Integration

As a modern university, GCU strives to meet the needs of adult learners. You can earn your master’s degree from anywhere with our intuitive online learning platform. Connect with your peers and benefit from their perspectives as you study theology, mental health and social issues. There is an emphasis on professional ethics, including the history of early ethical standards and their evolution into the modern ethical code.

Future Christian workers will explore life stressors within the ministerial context, and develop a functional ministry plan that addresses them. Students will examine the physical, emotional and spiritual health of the Christian worker, including healthy practices, roles and boundaries within the ministry. This degree program concludes with the Mental Health and Wellness Capstone, which provides a practical, real-world examination of the mental health and wellness fields.

Pursue Your Call to Help with a Mental Health and Wellness: Master’s in Christian Ministry Degree

If you feel that God has called upon you to serve His children in faith, this master’s in Christian ministry will prepare you to fulfill your life’s work. GCU graduates are fully equipped to spread God’s message while working to support the mental health and wellness of individuals and families. As a graduate with a Master of Science in mental health and wellness with an emphasis in Christian ministry degree, you could decide to pursue leadership positions within Christian organizations, including churches, faith-based groups and nonprofit humanitarian entities.

Other graduates may choose to work directly in the wider community, such as by pursuing positions within community health organizations. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Occupational Outlook Handbook estimates job growth for substance abuse, behavioral disorder and mental health counselors to increase by approximately 25% from 2019 to 2029, much faster than average, accounting for the addition of an estimated 79,000 jobs in the field.* Bring your Christian perspective and theological knowledge to the mental and social health services, and their allied professions. Some professions may require additional career credentials or certifications. This degree does not lead to counseling licensure.

*COVID-19 has adversely affected the global economy and data from 2020 may be atypical compared to prior years. The pandemic may impact the predicted future workforce outcomes indicated by the Bureau of Labor Statistics as well. Accordingly, data shown is based on 2019, which can be found here: U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, and Mental Health Counselors.


North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Facts & Figures

Classification: Master's College or University I

Loans Offered: Perkins Loan, Stafford Student Loans, PLUS Loans, Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP) State Grant, Arizona Post-Secondary Education Voucher Program State Grant, Federal Pell Grant, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (SEOG)

Locale: Large City

Size & Settings: 0-999

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