Doctor of Ministry in Christian Counseling
Christian Counselors have a responsibility to their clients to be as learned and able as possible when ministering to the myriad of conditions and challenges people in our society face. Our program will help you expand your level of expertise in the Christian Counseling field.

Requires a Master’s Degree plus a minimum of 36 credit hours additional study

Materials for each course in this program consist of either a series of audio/video lectures, a textbook, or a workbook.

Students are required to listen to the audio/video lectures, read the textbook, and to answer the questions prepared for each course. Answer sheets are provided for that purpose. This process may require the student listen/view the audio or read the textbook several times. Students are then required to prepare an outline of the contents of each audio lesson, or each chapter in the textbook.

Also, students are required to read an ADDITIONAL book(s) that is related to the subject matter being taught and to prepare an eight-page book report of that ADDITIONAL book(s). All outlines, essays, and book reports are to be written as per the required format provided in the appendix of this catalog.

In addition to the required course of study, students receiving a degree that does not contain the word “Ministry” in its nomenclature must submit a dissertation in MLA form of no less than seventy-five (75), and no more than one-hundred (100) typewritten (double-spaced) pages with ten (10) outside resources on a subject that has been pre-approved by the Academic Dean, or submit an equivalent project that has been pre-approved by the Academic Dean.

NOTE: A student cannot begin studies in a new course unless both the lecture series and the dissertation have been completed and submitted.

Special Note: If a student is changing his or her field of study from a Master’s degree to a Doctorate, he or she will have to take additional courses to ensure competency in the new field of study. If the student has not taken SG 5313 The Purpose Driven Life, and/or SG 5163 The Normal Christian Life, SG 5103 Could You Not Tarry One Hour, or SG 5273 The Bait of Satan, these courses must be taken in addition to any other requirements for a degree.

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All outlines, essays, and book reports are to be written as per the format provided in the appendix of this catalog For each course in the master degree program, the course test will comprise 50%, the outlines will comprise 10%, the essays will comprise 10%, and the book report(s) will comprise 30% of the course grade. All scores will be averaged together for one grade.

1. Choose three (3) courses from the Christian Counseling section under Course Descriptions.
2. Choose any seven (7) additional courses from courses listed under Course Descriptions.

Minimum 30 Credit Hours

Note 1: If the student has not taken SG 5163 The Normal Christian Life, SG 5313 The Purpose Driven Life, CC 5373 Prayers That Heal the Heart, CC 0623 Equipping Saints to Counsel, or CC 0633 Ethics and Legal Issues in Christian Counseling, he or she must take these courses at this time. In addition, if the student has had no experience in Counseling, he or she must complete CC 0613 Counseling Practicum.
Note 2: In order to receive a Doctorate in Christian Counseling, a student must have a minimum of thirty-six (36) hours in Counseling.
Note 3: If the degree reads “Doctor of Christian Counseling”, a dissertation is required.

Covenant Theological Seminary has been declared by the appropriate state authority exempt from the requirements for licensure under provisions of North Carolina General Statutes Section (G.S.) 116-15 (d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education. Exemption from licensure is not based upon any assessment of program quality under established licensing standards.

All degrees of Covenant Theological Seminary are of an ecclesiastical nature, and whether granted or conferred, are in the restricted area of religion with the special purpose of preparing persons to work in the area of religion, whether educational or ministerial; they are not designed to be used in general academic circles.

Transferability of credits earned at Covenant Theological Seminary and transferred to another institution is at the discretion of the receiving institution. The degree programs of this seminary are designed solely for religious vocations.

Credits and degrees earned from independent colleges in the State of North Carolina, which are authorized by the State Board of Independent Colleges and Universities, do not qualify the holder for a state teaching certification, nor do they qualify him or her to participate in professional licensing examinations. Any person interested in obtaining a state teaching certificate or practicing a regulated profession should contact the appropriate regulatory agency in the field of his/her interest.

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