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Advanced Certificate in Christian Counseling

(12 hours – excluding prerequisites)

Note: Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.

This advanced certificate is designed for the person who wants training in Christian counseling but is not yet ready to commit to the completion of an MA in Christian Counseling. It is also a good option for someone who has already completed a master’s degree in ministry and would like to strengthen his/her counseling skills or someone who has completed a counseling degree and wants to acquire a biblical foundation for counseling.  Students will choose between two tracks. Track I is for those who want training in basic Christian counseling skills. Track II is for those who have completed a master’s degree in counseling and want additional biblical and theological training. This certificate is needed in that many who are in ministry are asked at times to counsel but may have no or little training to do Christian counseling. 

REQUIRED COURSES (excluding prerequisites)

Track I


General Psychology


MACC 6301 - Introduction to Christian Counseling

MACC 6302 - Abnormal Psychology

MACC 6303 - Christian Counseling Skills

Select one of the following:

COUN 5312 - Counseling Theory and Techniques*

COUN 5314 - Lifespan Human Development

*Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

(S-L)=Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

Track II

(For those with a Counseling degree)


Old Testament Survey

New Testament Survey


MACC 6301 - Introduction to Christian Counseling

THEO 5313 - Applied Hermeneutics

THEO 6306 - Systematic Theology

WORS 6303 - Spiritual Formation and Worship


A course from one of the following disciplines:



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