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

This program is no longer accepting applications.

Course work in Clinical Christian Counseling and Christian Marriage and Family Counseling prepares our students to attend to issues of faith and spirituality while addressing the mental health needs of persons. SFBC&TS Counseling programs integrates faith and reasoning in the helping profession.

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.

This program of study consists of sixty credit hours of study and practicum. The student must hold a masters degree in a related field of study, have a minimum of seven years of full-time, paid, occupational life learning experience related to the counselingmajor.

Breakdown of core curriculum…
Class Class Description Credits
PSY 502
History and Systems of Psychology

3 Credits
PSY 564 Personality Theory 3 Credits
PSY 506* Abnormal Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 508 Counseling Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 608 Organizational Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 610 Social Psychology 3 Credits
PSY 613 Psychology of Human Growth and Development 3 Credits
PSY 614 Child Development 3 Credits
PSY 616 Family Therapy: An Overview 3 Credits

Research Methods

3 Credits


30 Credits
Total: 60 Credits
Pre-requisite PSY-505

Thirty credit hours of directed and independent studies, which include documented research and reading of 20,000 pages (a minimum bibliography of fifty books).

The dissertation must be typewritten, double spaced, and not less than 150 pages, covering a topic in the student’s field of study.