EdD in Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling

The EdD in Christian Counseling is a terminal degree program that prepares students to develop others who are called to serve through Christian counseling. Students in this program will develop the skills to teach in the local church and in higher education, problem solve using social science research techniques, and influence thinking in this field through writing that is both biblical and academically persuasive. In this program, you’ll learn from counselors who grant a uniquely constitutive role to Scripture, to the gospel of God in Christ, and to his Church. Students will be equipped to instruct others to bring the wisdom of God’s Word, the hope and power of his gospel, and the unique relevance of the church community into the care and cure of souls.

Program at a glance

Total hours
60 hours
The 60 hour degree requirement consists of 45 hours of classroom instruction, 3 hours of mentorship, and 12 hours of dissertation research.

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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.

  • EDD 8110 Leading and Managing the Nonprofit Organization
  • EDD 8150 Psychological Foundations for Education
  • EDD 8182 Advanced Methods for Counseling Marital and Sexual Issues
  • EDD 8183 Current Issues in Counseling
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What can I do with this degree?

Christian counseling is a well-established part of discipleship in the local church. Graduates of our program will be trained in advanced counseling techniques built upon accurate Biblical exposition and theological integration. In addition, graduates will be trained to teach and lead lay volunteers in local church settings and educational contexts in counseling skills and techniques.

  • Graduates will be able to articulate their philosophy of Christian counseling as opposed to a secular worldview approach.
  • Graduates will be able to describe and demonstrate the use of behavioral methods that are consistent with their Christian counseling philosophy.
  • Graduates will be able to describe the creation and development of an effective biblical counseling program in a local Baptist church.

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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