PhD Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling

The Ph.D in Christian Counseling is designed for counselors, pastors, and educators who are seeking advanced scholarship and practical competence in christian counseling.

The degree provides advanced study in christian psychology, is grounded in a commitment to the authority of Scripture, a theological anthropology and is devoted to the development of practical skills in counseling. The student will critically interact with contemporary developments in christian counseling and selected psychotherapies. A modified residency format allows for students already established in their vocation to pursue the highest level academic degree while remaining in their current context.

In addition to the regular PhD admissions requirements, students must have earned a master’s degree in christian counseling from an accredited institution.

The Ph.D. program requires a minimum of three academic years for completion: two years of coursework prior to the dissertation stage and one full year for dissertation work. Students must complete the program within seven years.

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what courses will I take?

Below is a sample of the required courses. To see a complete list, view the academic catalog.

  • BCO 9600 - Biblical and Theological Foundations for Counseling
  • BCO 9610 - Biblical Counseling of Mental Disorders
  • BCO 9611 - Biblical Counseling of Mental Disorders II
  • BCO 9620 - Analysis and Redemption of Behavioral Methods for Biblical Counseling
  • BCO 9630 - Advanced Methods for Counseling Marital and Sexual Issues
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what can i do with this degree?

  • Teach in higher education
  • Counsel members of the body of Christ
  • Ministry requiring specialized training
  • Serve in denominational leadership

Learn from over 60 professors who know what it's like to be in ministry. Our world-class faculty will teach you how to think critically about the Bible so you can minister faithfully throughout the world.

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