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PhD in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Biblical Counseling

Students with a desire to work in mental health counseling in a ministry setting may be interested in Regent University's Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies with a Concentration in Biblical Counseling degree. Find out more about the program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies with a Concentration in Biblical Counseling

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

At least one year of real-world mental health experience is highly preferred for applicants to the Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Biblical Counseling program. Aspiring students must also have a 30-hour master's degree from an accredited institution in a mental health-related field. Applicants to Regent University should have a high school diploma or the equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

The Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Biblical Counseling program exists at the intersection of science and faith. It was created primarily for mental health professionals and scholars who want to work in ministries, churches, or biblical counseling centers. The program focuses on the science of mental health counseling but is based in theology, canonical biblical text, and the Christian tradition. Coursework explores subjects like addictive behaviors, psychometrics, disaster trauma, and research methodology.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

51 credits

Financial Aid:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Regent University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for the Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Biblical Counseling program:

This Ph.D. program in biblical counseling encompasses 51 credit hours; all of them focus directly on the subject matter. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (51 credits)

  • Information Research and Resources
  • Introduction & Leadership
  • Supervision
  • Qualitative Research Methodology
  • Addictive Behaviors
  • Research Methods In Psychological Sciences I
  • Indigenous Mental Health Care I
  • Statistics
  • Disaster Trauma & Psychological First Aid
  • Appraisal & Psychometrics
  • Field Experience
  • Grant Writing & Dissertation Proposal
  • Survey of Biblical Counseling Models
  • Issues in Biblical Counseling
  • Dissertation Research I
  • Dissertation Research II
  • Christian Counseling
  • Capstone: Psychological Sciences & Christian Thought
  • Dissertation Research III

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Regent designed this Ph.D. program with the goal of equipping students with everything they need to start working in Christian ministry as a counselor. That includes a firm foundation in biblical studies, advanced counseling techniques, and research methods.

With these skills, graduates might be able to find employment in one of these positions:

  • Clinical psychologist
  • Mental health services executive
  • Church counseling consultant
  • Counseling psychologist

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