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Regent University

PhD in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Marriage and Family Ministry

The Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies with a concentration in Marriage & Family Ministry program aims to provides advanced instruction for mental health professionals who want to better understand family dynamics and counseling techniques. Find out more about Regent University's program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies, Marriage & Family Ministry Concentration

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Applicants to the Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies, Marriage & Family Ministry Concentration program should have a minimum of one year of professional experience in the field of mental health, a master's degree in a field related to mental health, and an interest in preparing for a mental health career working with couples and families. All applicants to Regent University's doctoral programs must have a master's degree from an accredited institution; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Regent University's Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies program with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Ministry program was tailored to help professionals apply biblical scholarship to the area of family counseling. Students have the opportunity to explore models of inner healing, grace, forgiveness, sexuality, conflict resolution, and child behavior. The coursework is fully online and includes topics like psychological first aid, family dynamics, and counseling for children and adolescents. A dissertation is built into the curriculum, as is 150 hours of on-site field work to give students the chance for real-world experience.

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 with a Concentration in Marriage & Family Ministry program:

To graduate from this Ph.D. program, students must complete 51 credit hours. Built into the program is a dissertation, 150 hours of field work, and traditional courses. 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
  • Marriage & Relationship Counseling
  • Concepts of Family Systems
  • Dissertation Research I
  • Dissertation Research II
  • Dissertation Research III
  • Capstone: Psychological Sciences & Christian Thought
  • Counseling Children & Adolescents

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Once they've completed the Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies with a Concentration in Marriage and Family Ministry program, graduates might have cultivated the counseling skills and an understanding of family dynamics necessary to pursue employment at the highest levels of the field. They might look for work in clinics, mental health facilities, churches, and Christian ministries.

Some positions that might be a good fit include:

  • Marriage and family program director
  • Chaplaincy leader or consultant
  • Mental health services executive
  • Nonprofit administrator
  • Researcher