Doctor of Christian Counseling

Doctor of Christian Counseling


The Doctor of Christian Counseling program is for those who would like to practice Christian Counseling in pastoral ministry and parachurch organization such as Christian schools, Christian crisis pregnancy centers etc. The Doctor of Christian Counseling does not qualify a person to sit for state licensure or board exams but rather for Christian, vocational ministry.

The Doctor of Christian Counseling requires a Masters degree in Christian Counseling, Counseling, Psychology, or Social Work. In the event a prospective student does not have a degree in any of the above, the program is 60 hours in addition to the prerequisite bible and theology hours.

Doctor of Christian Counseling has the following components:

  • Core Requirements – 21 hours (Courses in Christian Counseling)
  • Electives – 6 hours
  • Practicum/Project – 9 hours

Core Concentration Courses

Core concentration courses provide the core study for your major. For the Doctor of Christian Counseling, these courses may come from any course with a Prefix of CNS and PSY.  Eligible courses may be found below and descriptions can be found in our course catalog. Below is a sample of degree concentration courses. These may be switched and customized to meet your needs. Courses may be found in the course catalog on pages 34-52.

  • PSY604 Developmental Psychology (required)
  • PSY612 Cognitive Therapy (required)
  • CNS530 Introduction to Christian Counseling
  • CNS531 Biblical Counseling
  • CNS631 Effective Counseling Skills
  • CNS632 Counseling Paradigms
  • CNS641 Advanced Counseling Skills