Christian Counseling

The Christian Counseling PhD is designed for counselors, pastors, and educators who are seeking advanced scholarship and practical competence in biblical counseling. The degree provides advanced study in biblical 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.

  • Modified Residency

  • Residential

At a Glance

  • 5

    phd introduction

  • 3

    phd integrative colloquium

  • 24

    phd seminars

  • 6

    phd mentor directed studies

  • 4

    phd comprehensive exams

  • 18

    phd prospectus and dissertation

Program Courses

PhD in Context


  • Teach in higher education

  • Counsel members of the body of Christ

  • Ministry requiring specialized training

  • Serve in denominational leadership


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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