Doctor of Ministry in Christian Counseling


Program Overview

The Doctor of Ministry in Christian Counseling program offers students advanced training in faith-based Christian Counseling. The program is offered in conjunction with the National Christian Counselor’s Association, which is located in Sarasota, Florida. The program will lead to earning the Doctor of Ministry degree and advanced certification by the NCCA. Depending upon the option selected, the D.Min. (Christian Counseling) program will require between 36 and 48 semester hours.

Degree Requirements

Option 1: This option is for students who have a master’s degree and already have obtained the NCCA faith-based license. The program consists of two areas of concentration from the list below. The seminary will add other classes to round out your program as needed to bring your total semester hours to 36 semester hours. This option will lead to earning your degree and up to 3 areas of advanced certification by the NCCA.

  • Marriage & Family Therapy
  • Child & Adolescence Therapy
  • Substance Abuse & Addiction Therapy
  • Sexual Therapy
  • Death & Grief Therapy
  • Cognitive Therapy & Ethics
  • Crisis & Abuse Therapy
  • Temperament Therapy
  • Domestic Violence & Abuse (must be coupled with Crisis & Abuse Therapy)
  • D.Min. Project (6 Semester Hours) required at the conclusion of the program.

The total tuition for the program under Option 1 is $3,000.00 with $500.00 down and a minimum of $150.00 per month. For payment in full upon enrollment, the total tuition is only $2,500.00. Option 2: This option is for students who already have an approved master’s degree and do NOT have the NCCA license but wish to enroll directly into the D.Min. in Christian Counseling program. The required curriculum is listed below:

  1. Epistles of John
  2. Galatians
  3. Doctrine of Christ
  4. Basic Christian Counseling
  5. Temperament Theory
  6. Testing & Measurements
  7. Temperament Therapy
  8. Christian Counseling: Integrating Psychology & Counseling
  9. Mastering Pastoral Counseling
  10. Temperament Case Studies
  11. Codependency
  12. Quality, Ethics, & Legal Issues
  13. One of the following areas of advanced certification requiring 4 additional courses in that area:
    1. Marriage & Family Therapy
    2. Child & Adolescent Therapy
    3. Substance Abuse & Addiction Therapy
    4. Sexual Therapy
    5. Death & Grief Therapy
    6. Cognitive Therapy & Ethics
    7. Crisis & Abuse Therapy

The total tuition for the program under Option 2 is $4,500.00 with a down payment of $500.00 and a minimum monthly payment of $150.00. For payment in full upon enrollment, the total tuition is only $4,000.00. There are additional fees required with this program under Option 2. The fees are required over a two-year period.

  • NCCA membership fee $50.00
  • Background Check $100.00
  • Supervision/Processing $300.00
  • APS $30.00 per APS (25 +1 personal required)

For questions regarding this program, please direct all questions to the ATS Christian Counseling Department at 1-800-525-1611.

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