Biblical Counseling


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.



The Master of Divinity is the preferred degree prerequisite for a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling. In addition, candidates with a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (61 hrs min) in a related field may also qualify if they demonstrate significant experience and involvement in the discipline. Students who need additional hours to meet the 61 hour requirement can apply to complete their leveling work with the admissions office.



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 entrance exam study guide.


Research Languages:

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) during the course of the program. These languages are not a prerequisite for admission, but rather are part of the program of study.



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

Dr. Jeremy Pierre – (Biblical Counseling’s relationship to Anthropology and Hermeneutics) 

Dr. Robert Jones – (Marriage and Family Counseling)

Five Course Core

87750 Scripture and Theology in Counseling

Christian counseling is based upon God’s plan, accomplishment, and application of redemption to God’s people. In this class we will explore biblical and dogmatic descriptions of redemption and develop a model for helping others in the application of redemption: both internal transformation and lifestyle change.

87740 Theological Hermeneutics in the Care of People

This seminar is an exploration of the role of hermeneutics in applied theology and counseling.  Seminar participants will apply a theologically developed hermeneutic to the exegesis of specific passages of Scripture and to the interpretation of specific counseling situations, demonstrating how the gospel of Jesus Christ is the central interpretive concern of both.

87725 Applied Theology and Typical Problems

This seminar will explore how Scripture (utilizing exegesis of specific passages as well as biblical and systematic theology) relates to typical problems often found in counseling situations. The seminar will consider how the major theological loci relate to the care of people in general as well as how specific issues can be addressed with biblical theological themes.  This ability to move in both directions—from Scripture to life and from life to Scripture—is a vital skill for the wise practitioner.

87780 Dynamics of Counseling

This seminar focuses on the relational skills of understanding, drawing out, and addressing individuals and couples in counseling. Students are challenged to evaluate the experience of the counselor as well as the counselee according to a theological framework. A theology of human experience and relationship is put into practice in order to raise students’ self-awareness and improve skill.

97015 Marriage and Family Counseling

An in-depth analysis of the fundamental principles of biblical counseling and of the application of these principles in the context of marital and parental relationships. Students will apply principles from biblical counseling through the development of case studies.


If you are interested in applying for the Ph.D. in this area of study, learn more about the Admissions Process.