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MS in Christian Counseling

Grand Canyon University offers a Master of Science in Christian Counseling program designed for students who want to learn how to provide behavioral and mental health therapies from a biblical perspective. Read on to learn more about this graduate degree program.

Official Program Name:

Master of Science in Christian Counseling

School Offering Program:

Grand Canyon University

Program Prerequisites:

Individuals interested in this program may have an undergraduate degree in a related area, such as counseling, psychology, or human services. They may have experience working in the Church or with religious nonprofit organizations. Though specific program requirements may vary, applicants to Grand Canyon University's graduate programs should have already earned a bachelor's degree and should be U.S. citizens.

Program Description:

Grand Canyon University's Master of Science in Christian Counseling program is designed to provide students with theoretical and practical training in the observation, assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of those coping with various factors, which could include addictions, family issues, sexuality, or abuse. Participants have the chance to gain a strong understanding of the Bible and learn how to incorporate ethical and faith-based principles into their practices. Relevant biblical topics could include salvation, forgiveness, and spiritual growth and development.

Counseling studies are likely to explore personality development, psychiatric disorders, and cognitive and rational emotive behavioral therapies, among other areas. Other topics could include legal issues in the field, record keeping, and report writing. This master's degree program is designed to meet the academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

74 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Federal financial aid, including loan, grants, and scholarships, is available to qualifying students. Students can find out about scholarships and other financial aid opportunities from a Grand Canyon University Enrollment Counselor.

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Required Courses for a Master of Science in Christian Counseling:

Program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Grand Canyon University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

  • UNV 502: Introduction to Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences (2 credits)
  • PCN 505: Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethics (3 credits)
  • PCN 500: Counseling Theories (3 credits)
  • PCN 501: Introduction to Addictions and Substance Use Disorders (3 credits)
  • PCN 520: Group Counseling Theory and Practice (3 credits)
  • PCN 509: Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CCN 601: Biblical Foundations for Counselors: The Story of God (3 credits)
  • CCN 650: Spiritual Formation: Becoming a Healthy Practitioner (3 credits)
  • PCN 527: Psychopharmacology and Addictions (3 credits)
  • PCN 530: Human Sexuality, Aging, and Long-Term Care (3 credits)
  • PCN 515: Counseling Skills in the Helping Relationships (3 credits)
  • PCN 518: Human Growth and Development (3 credits)
  • CCN 655: Biblical Concepts of Healthy Relationships: Forgiveness and Healthy Spirituality (3 credits)
  • PCN 521: Marriage and Family Therapy (3 credits)
  • PCN 545: Spousal and Child Abuse, Crisis, and Trauma Counseling (3 credits)
  • PCN 523: Tests and Appraisal in Counseling (3 credits)
  • CCN 675: Integration of Scripture With Counseling Theory (3 credits)
  • PCN 525: Career Development and Counseling (3 credits)
  • PCN 540: Research Methods (3 credits)
  • PCN 610: Diagnostics, Assessment, and Treatment (3 credits)
  • PCN 605: Psychopathology and Counseling (3 credits)
  • PCN 644: Evaluation of Mental and Emotional Status (2 credits)
  • PCN 622: Pre-Practicum (2 credits)
  • PCN 662A: Practicum / Internship I (2 credits)
  • PCN 662B: Practicum / Internship II (2 credits)
  • PCN 662C: Practicum / Internship III (2 credits)
  • PCN 662D: Practicum / Internship IV (2 credits)

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

This program is designed to provide participants with the training needed to seek certification and licensure as a counselor in the state of Arizona. Students from other areas should check with their state's certifying agency to see what other requirements, if any, they might need. Graduates could seek opportunities with the following:

  • Social services agencies
  • Private practices
  • Group practices
  • Mental health centers
  • Christian nonprofit organizations

In addition, they may focus on one or more of the following counseling areas:

  • Substance abuse
  • Marriage and family
  • Behavior
  • Mental health

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