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How to Get a Christian Counseling Degree

There are basically 4 options for interested students to secure a Christian Counseling Degree. The degree level available is based upon the student’s prior education level.

Generally, students with a High School diploma/GED (or equivalent for international students) are able to pursue a Bachelors degree.

Students with a prior Bachelor’s Degree are in a position to pursue a Masters Degree in Christian Counseling. Some schools may be somewhat more selective, but those who hold an accredited Bachelors degree in any discipline would gualify.

Similarly, those with a Masters Degree would be able to gain a Doctoral/PhD Degree.

Here are the options:

  1. Onsite classes at a brick and mortar campus
  2. Onsite classes with live video teaching at a remote campus
  3. Distance learning: Online classes via scheduled sessions.
  4. Distance learning: Video teaching or self-paced videos/books at home.

The continued evolution of online/video technology has increased the attractiveness and breadth of offerings of the latter two options. The student is more isolated and the first two options offer more direct student interaction with the teacher and others.

Onsite class tuition is typically much more costly than distance learning programs. In addition, time and travel expenses to sessions should also be considered.

Many students prefer the personal contact with others and may require the accountability of onsite classes to help them stay on track.

Students who are disciplined and self-motivated can function well and thrive in distance learning environments.

Credit Hour Requirements:
While these can vary, each degree program will minimally require the following:

* Bachelors Degree: 120
* Masters Degree: 60
* PhD/Doctoral Degree: 60