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Regent University

PhD in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Pastoral Counseling

People interested in exploring the mental health side of Christian ministry may be interested in the Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies program with a concentration in Pastoral Counseling at Regent University. Find more information about this online doctoral program here.

Official Program Name:

Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies, Pastoral Counseling concentration

School Offering Program:

Regent University

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Program Prerequisites:

Anyone who's thinking about applying for the Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies program at Regent should have a minimum of one year of professional mental health experience and a master's degree in a field related to mental health. All applicants to Regent University must have a master's degree from an accredited institution; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Regent University sees Christian pastors as leaders in mental health, both within the church and the community at large. That's the impetus behind this Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies program with a Pastoral Counseling Concentration. Students have the chance to learn counseling techniques and gain a deeper understanding of family dynamics, crisis intervention, and substance abuse. Coursework covers subject matter like psychometrics, addictive behaviors, marriage counseling, and more. Real-world experience is emphasized, with 150 hours of field experiences built into the curriculum.

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.

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for the Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies with a Concentration in Pastoral Counseling program:

There are 51 total credit hours needed to complete this Ph.D. program, which include online classes, a dissertation, and real-world, on-site field experience. 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
  • Issues in Pastoral Counseling
  • Dissertation Research I
  • Dissertation Research II
  • Dissertation Research III
  • Capstone: Psychological Sciences & Christian Thought
  • Addictive Behaviors & Substance Abuse

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Career Paths:

Graduates of Regent's Ph.D. in Counseling and Psychological Studies - Pastoral Counseling program may have gained the insight into family dynamics, addiction, and crisis counseling they'd need to start applying them to a vocation. They might work in churches, community clinics, or Christian ministries.

Graduates may consider positions such as these:

  • Pastoral guidance director
  • University faculty or leader
  • Church counseling consultant
  • Researcher
  • Nonprofit counseling consultant