Master of Ministry

Christian Counseling

Program Overview

The Master of Ministry in Christian Counseling is the only Master of Ministry program that leads directly to a doctoral degree in the area of Doctor of Ministry in Christian Counseling. The Master of Ministry in Christian Counseling is a 39 semester hour program that blends together Bible teaching from ATS and Christian counseling courses from the National Christian Counselors Association. The program requires 27 hours of faith-based counseling courses from the NCCA through ATS. The program offers training and courses in Biblical Studies, Pastoral Ministries, Theology, and Christian Counseling.

Upon completion of the program, the student earns both a Master of Ministry in Christian Counseling degree from ATS and faith-based licensure through the NCCA as a Licensed Clinical Pastoral Counselor. This faith-based licensure is not to be confused with state-based licensure. The NCCA faith-based licensure, however, does allow students to counsel professionally under the umbrella of the local church. For more information on the benefits of the NCCA licensure, please call the head of the ATS Christian Counseling Department.

The NCCA courses offered through ATS must be completed in the order presented in the following Degree Requirements listings. Further, each NCCA course must be completely finished and passed before the student is allowed to move onto the next NCCA course. The student may continue to work on ATS courses while working on the NCCA courses. The following Suggested Degree Plan illustrates the recommendations of ATS for students to complete the program in a timely fashion.
The M.Min. (Christian Counseling) program is an advance-at-your-own-pace program, with a maximum of two years being allowed for the completion of the program. Most students will finish the program in two years. Upon completion of this program, a student may apply directly to the D.Min. (Christian Counseling) doctoral degree program.

Degree Requirements

Biblical Studies 6 Semester Hours
BSOT5000 Old Testament Introduction   Dr. James Gibson            3 ONLINE
BSNT5000 New Testament Introduction   Mr. Stephen Rost, Th.M.     3 ONLINE
Pastoral Ministry 3 Semester Hours
PCPM6150 Pastoral Counseling          Dr. Daniel Moore            3 ONLINE
Theology 3 Semester Hours
THEO6370 Doctrine of Salvation        Dr. Gino Cascieri           3
Christian Counseling (With the National Christian Counselors Association) 27 Semester Hours
NCCA6100 Basic Christian Counseling                               3
NCCA6010 Temperament Theory                                       3
NCCA6020 Testing & Measurements                                   3
NCCA6030 Temperament Therapy                                      3
NCCA6500 Christian CN: Integrating Psychology & Counseling        3
NCCA6510 Mastering Pastoral Counseling                            3
NCCA6575 Temperament Case Studies                                 3
NCCA6580 Quality, Ethics, & Legal Issues                          3
NCCA6590 Codependency                                             3
NCCA courses must be completed in the order presented with each course being fully completed before moving onto the next NCCA course. You have only two years to complete the degree program without penalty. An additional year may be granted for additional costs.
$3,000.00 Total Tuition / $500.00 Down Payment — $150.00 minimum Monthly Payment // $2,500.00 if Paid in Full Upon Enrollment Additional Fees:
  • NCCA Membership Fee $50.00
  • Background Check $100.00
  • Supervision/Processing $300.00
  • APS (25 + 1 Personal Required) $30.00 per APS test

Tuition Fees:

Payment Plan A:
$500.00 down and a minimum of $150.00 per month

Payment Plan B:
Discounted Advanced Payment $2,500.00 ($500.00 savings)
Additional Fees:
NCCA Membership Fee $50.00
Background Check $100.00
Supervision/Processing $300.00
APS (25 + 1 Personal Required) $30.00 per APS test

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