The Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling trains pastors, counselors, and scholars to think and practice wisely in caring for people amid the complexities of human life.  The modular format allows for students already established in their respective ministries or vocations to pursue the highest level residential research degree.  This degree not only provides advanced scholarship in the theological, historical, and contemporary aspects of biblical counseling, but also fosters case wisdom, skill in biblical interpretation, and appreciation for the church’s role in the care of people.


If you are interested in applying for the Ph.D. in this area of study, learn more about the Admissions Process. To prepare for the entrance exam in this area of study, consult the study guide.

Research Languages:

A reading knowledge of two modern and/or classical languages is required. In the field of Biblical Counseling, students can choose to take traditional languages (German, Latin, etc.) or modern research methodologies (Empirical Research Methods and Analysis of Empirical Research).


Incoming Ph.D. students are matched with a supervisor from our world-class faculty who shares their research interests. Professors who can supervise students in this area are:

Dr. Eric Johnson
Dr. Heath Lambert
Dr. Jeremy Pierre

Major Courses

Biblical Theological Foundations in Counseling
Ecclesiology and Methods in Biblical Counseling
Applied Theology and Typical Problems
Marriage and Family Counseling

Minor Courses – Students select 2 out of 3 for minor in Applied Theology

Theological Hermeneutics in the Care of People
Social, Medical, Legal, and Ethical Issues in Counseling
Major Psychotherapies