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Advanced Certificate in Christian Counseling

(15 hours – excluding requisites)

Note:  Church Membership Requirement (for admission into the Master’s Ministry Degrees, Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs, EDD in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, and PHD in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration): 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. 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 requisites)


PSYC 1301 - General Psychology or undergraduate equivalent


MACC 6301 - Introduction to Christian Counseling

MACC 6302 - Abnormal Psychology

MACC 6303 - Christian Counseling Skills

COUN 5312 - Counseling Theory and Techniques


MACC 6304 - Contemporary Christian Counseling Theories

COUN 5314 - Lifespan Human Development


MAFM 6316 - Faith Formation in the Life Stages

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

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


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