Ph.D. Degree Programs

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

Credit Hours: 36
Prerequisites: Master’s Degree
or Equivalent

A degree major may be selected in any of the following religious concentrations; (Clinical Christian Counseling, Clinical Pastoral Counseling, Christian Education, Christian Leadership and Theology.)

Our Doctor of Philosophy graduate program is based on the European university model of “research degrees” which are entirely research-based, rather than course-based. The Ph.D. degree is awarded on the basis of substantial original research; the Ph.D. has a prerequisite of an MA degree (or its equivalent), and requires the student to write a 250-page dissertation (36 credits) on a topic centered on the students selected concentration.

The dissertation only does not apply to the Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling or the Ph.D. in Clinical Pastoral Counseling. The Ph.D. in Clinical Christian Counseling and the Clinical Pastoral Counseling Degree Program (Ph.D.) is designed to give the student an advanced background in Christian Counseling and incorporates the programs which will allow for National Christian Counseling Association (NCCA) certification or licensure. The program is 72 semester hours in length. The purchase of books are required for the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Christian Counseling and the Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pastoral Counseling.

Total Cost: $7,600.00

Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pastoral Counseling (Ph.D.)

Credit Hours: 60
Prerequisites: Master’s Degree
or Equivalent

The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pastoral Counseling is designed for counselors, pastors, and educators who are seeking advanced scholarship and practical competence in biblical counseling. The Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Pastoral Counseling prepares our students to attend to issues of faith and spirituality while addressing the mental health needs of persons.

Courses You’ll Complete to Earn Your Degree
  • GCCS 610 – Crisis Counseling I
  • GCCS 620 – Crisis Counseling II
  • GCCS 623 – Counseling for Change
  • GBPA 540 – Anger’s Slippery Slope
  • GCCS 301 – Building Strong Marriages and Families
  • GCCS 630 – Marriage Counseling
  • GCCS 650 – Suicide and the Evil Force Behind It
  • GCCS 629 – Counseling, Psychology and the Christian
  • GCCS 520 – Abnormal Psychology
  • GCCS 540 – Pastoral Counseling
  • GCCS 510 – Spiritual Navigation
  • GCCS 530 – Conflict Management and Resolution
  • BCC101 – Basic Christian Counseling
  • THE301 – Temperament Theory
  • THE201 – Testing/Measurements
  • THE306 – Temperament Therapy
  • PSY301 – Christian Psychology and Counseling
  • MPC300 – Mastering Pastoral Counseling
  • DISS 424 – Dissertation
Graduates should be able to:
  • Demonstrate the ability to provide mental health services to the church and community.
  • Be prepared to contribute to the development of knowledge as it relates to integrating faith and reasoning.
  • Be equipped to apply insights of Christian theology along with the knowledge and techniques of the behavioral sciences.
Admission Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in a cognate field of ministry or counseling validated by a transcript
  • Five years of full-time professional experience in pastoral ministry or counseling
  • Completion of the Application Procedure
  • Doctoral students are encouraged to consider professional membership in the National
    Association of Christian Counselors (NACC).
Total Cost w/o Books: $6,600.00

Doctor of Christian Counseling and Psychology (CPsy.D.)

A Doctoral Degree in Christian Counseling and Psychology is one of the highest level degrees you can earn in the field of Christian Counseling psychology. This is relatively a recent new degree option also known as the CPsy.D.

The Doctor of Psychology program in Clinical Pastoral Psychotherapy is open to those who have been actively engaged in some form of professional ministry (parish, social service, community outreach, chaplaincy, etc.) for at least five years and who meet the admission requirements listed for this degree. The degree is offered to credentialed ministry professionals and is not designed for those just entering the field of counseling. A doctorate degree in Christian Counseling and Psychology is required if you want to open your own private practice.

Courses You’ll Complete to Earn Your Degree
  • GCCS 610 – Crisis Counseling I
  • GCCS 620 – Crisis Counseling II
  • GCCS 623 – Counseling for Change
  • GBPA 540 – Anger’s Slippery Slope
  • GCCS 301 – Building Strong Marriages and Families
  • GCCS 630 – Marriage Counseling
  • GCCS 650 – Suicide and the Evil Force Behind It
  • GCCS 629 – Counseling, Psychology and the Christian
  • GCCS 520 – Abnormal Psychology
  • GCCS 510 – Spiritual Navigation
  • GCCS 530 – Conflict Management and Resolution
  • BCC101 – Basic Christian Counseling
  • THE301 – Temperament Theory
  • THE201 – Testing/Measurements
  • THE306 – Temperament Therapy
  • PSY301 – Christian Psychology and Counseling
  • DISS 424 – Dissertation
Admission Requirements:
  • Master’s degree in a cognate field of ministry or counseling validated by a transcript
  • Five years of full-time professional experience in pastoral ministry or counseling
  • Completion of the Application Procedure
  • Doctoral students are encouraged to consider professional membership in the National
    Association of Christian Counselors (NACC).
Total Cost w/o Books: $6,600.00