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Doctor of Christian Psychology and Counseling (CPsyc.D. 48 credit hours)


School of Christian Psychology and Counseling

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Doctor of Christian Psychology and Counseling (PSY.D.) 48 credit hours)

A blended approach Field With Science & Faith

More than ever the field of psychology needs influential leaders who integrate science and faith. The Doctor of Christian Psychology and Counseling– Biblical Counseling prepares you for a ministry in the areas of mental health counseling, research, education, and psychological science. You will be positioned as an authority within these and other settings: church, community, mission field, counseling firm, or biblical counseling center. If you’re a scholar seeking to impact the culture beyond this doctoral degree in Psychology and counseling arena and don’t need professional accreditation, then this doctoral degree is for you.

With Cornerstone Christian University Online’s Doctor of Christian Counseling Psychology program, you can specialize in Pastoral Care and Counseling Psychology, children, and Family. This program can provide you with advanced knowledge of counseling and pastoral care to work in private practice and ministry settings. CCU’s Doctor of Psychology and Counseling – Pastoral Care and Counseling program could be the perfect choice if you hold a biblical degree and are ready to further your work in the field.


The doctoral in Christian Psychology and Counseling degrees seek to advance students’ skills and knowledge in ministry. Earning a Doctorate in Christian Psychology and counseling may help you to take an in-depth look at biblical principles and strategies to help you step into a variety of pastoral roles. As such, these programs are often geared toward pastors, missionaries, and other church leaders who seek professional and personal growth.

How long does a Doctorate in Christian Psychology and counseling degrees take?

A Doctorate in Christian Psychology and counseling may take three years if the student is full-time. Time to completion may vary by program and method of study.

The purpose Doctorate in Christian Psychology and counseling program is to provide the candidate with advanced competencies and biblical insights through the teaching, preparation, and observation of those actively involved in vocational Christian ministry of education.

This program provides the biblical, theological, and practical education required to provide leadership in a church-counseling center or an independent lay counseling ministry. It is not intended to prepare individuals for a State Licensure but will qualify the candidates for organizational professional licensed counseling credentials.

Program Objectives:

Graduates of the Doctorate in Christian Psychology and counseling program will be prepared to:

  • Demonstrate an advanced understanding and integration of ministry concerning the biblical, theological, academic, and educational disciplines.
  • Articulate and apply a comprehensive and critical philosophy of ministry.
  • Demonstrate advanced competencies in the areas of critical thinking, Research and Writing, Biblical Theology, Biblical Communication, Administration/Education Leadership, and Great Commission Strategies.
  • Plan, implement, and critically evaluate major undertakings in ministry toward the fulfillment of the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. 
  • Evaluate personal, spiritual, and professional development and design a plan for lifelong learning.

An Online Doctoral Degree Based on Biblical Principles and Values, Designed Specifically for Christian Vocation. This degree provides individuals with the opportunity to develop advanced business skills using the flexibility and convenience of distance education. The curriculum consists of 54 hours of study and provides a solid foundation in major business functional areas. Ethical business leadership, information literacy, speaking, writing, and interpersonal skills are emphasized throughout the curriculum.

Admission Requirements

  1. Earned or be within 6 semester hours of a Master’s Degree or its equivalent*
  2. Proficient in the English Language.

 The Admissions Committee considers many factors when reviewing an admissions application. Among those factors are work experience, grade point average (3.0 on a 4-point scale or 6.0 on a 10-point scale) in previous academic work, professional references, and performance in prerequisite courses. For students whose GPA is lower than 3.0 (or 6.0), and who have 5 or more years of professional experience, the Admissions Committee will consider the quality and diversity of work history to determine their eligibility for admission.

 Application Procedures

All applicants to the Doctoral program must submit the following to be considered for admission:

  1. A completed applicant letter of intent describing personal aspirations and work objectives. A portable document file is available for download. Applicants are encouraged to fill out the form using the form fields.
  2. Admission forms can be downloaded from under the admission links
  3. Non-refundable application fee of $60.00
  4. Official transcripts and other documents showing completion of a Master’s degree or its equivalent
  5. A resume indicating the applicant’s work history and at least two professional recommendations.

Admission Process

Upon receiving the completed application, transcripts, and other documents, the graduate admission committee will review your application and decide on your admission status–

Regular Status: Students meeting the minimum requirements will be granted acceptance with regular status.

Provisional Status: Students who do not meet the above minimum admission requirements may be granted acceptance with provisional status. Students granted provisional admittance may take no more than three post-graduate courses, provided that the students already have the necessary qualification to take the post-graduate courses. They must also achieve a 3.0 GPA during their first three courses. After completion of 3 courses with the required GPA, the student’s status will be changed to regular. Students who do not have a minimum GPA of 3.0 after the completion of the 3 courses will be dismissed from the program.

Denial of Admission: Applicants may be denied admission when evidence displays that the applicant:

  • Is not qualified or is under-prepared to pursue a graduate degree.
  • Engages in behavior contrary to the codes of the university.
  • Has submitted fraudulent information or documents.
  • Displays unstable emotional health.

Degree Learning Format

The CCU Doctoral degree is a completely 100% online learning experience. Enrolled students will use the CCU online course management system which allows students to interface online with their professor and other students. Each course lasts approximately 6-9 weeks. During the course, students will be expected to read and research materials, participate in online discussion formats when prompted to do so, participate in team assignments and projects when scheduled, complete individual assignments and projects, and complete online assessments. This type of learning will allow professors and students to interact in a truly global environment. A truly unique aspect of the CCU Online Psy.D. program is the integration of Christian Ethical principles and values into each course. Each week there will be an application of Christian-based ethical values and their relation to the topics and learning objectives being covered.

After completing this program, you’ll earn a doctor of Christian Psychology and Counseling (PSY.D).

Required Courses (pick 48 credits, including the dissertation): 

Course #

Course Descriptions



Term I

10 credits


Research Methods in Psychology

Course Description: This course will give students of religion and theology the ability to conceptualize, develop, and write a paper, thesis, or dissertation step-by-step for students’ quality research papers demands that fits the standards of contemporary scholarship.

4 credits


Philosophy of Psychology

Course Description: Philosophy of mind and philosophy of psychology cover topics such as the mind-body problem, consciousness, mental states, perceptions, concepts, reasons as causes, rationality, emotions, freedom of will, and more.

3 credits


Cognitive Psychology-student   

Course Description: Cognitive psychology is an area that focuses on the science of how people think. This branch of psychology explores a wide variety of mental processes including how people think, use language, attend to information, and perceive their environments.

3 credits


Term II

9 credits


Crisis and Trauma Counseling          

Course Description: Both natural and human-generated disasters, which are associated with destruction as well as loss of loved ones and irreplaceable belongings, often overwhelm one’s normal coping capacity. Disasters also tend to stress emotional, cognitive, behavioral, physiological, and religious/spiritual beliefs.

3 credits


Christian Counseling-Collins

Course Description: This proven guide in pastoral counseling has been extensively expanded and revised by the author to include recent developments and research, new resources, and attention to newly urgent needs such as AIDS, eating disorders, homosexuality, and violence. Written with clarity and sensitivity, this volume builds on biblical foundations and the best resources of professional psychology. It reflects the insights the author has gained from many years of Christian counseling.

3 credits


Treating Trauma in Christian Counseling 

Course Description: A focused investigation of specific techniques and interventions utilized in trauma care. Focus is given to the physical and psychological effects of trauma, a Christian theology of suffering, and assessment use in counseling clients in trauma.

3 credits


Term III

12 Credits


Miracles : God, science, and psychology in the paranormal

Course Description: Can science, psychology, and biology explain miracles? This course set attempts to answer that question, presenting the latest, as well as classic, thinking and research regarding miracles from fields that include psychology, psychiatry, theology, biology, and history.

3 credits


God, Religion, and Spirituality

Course Description: This course introduces students to the academic study of religion by focusing on those major themes that connect religious experiences from around the world. We will explore the complex ways in which issues in religion relate to topics such as spiritual beings, birth, death, ritual, the afterlife, ethics, and the good-life.

3 credits


Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology

Course Description: Case Studies in Abnormal Psychology presents actual clinical cases, providing developmental histories essential to appropriate diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders. This text presents 23 distinct case studies, applying abstract theoretical research to real-world situations.

3 credits


Logical Thinking

Course Description: An introduction to the basic principles that underlie critical thinking, including: recognizing premises and conclusion of an argument; language and meaning; common errors in reasoning; Aristotle’s system of logic; the symbolic representation of simple and complex

sentences; the idea of cause and effect and J. S. Mill’s scientific method. The subject matter of this course does not assume any prior acquaintance with logic or mathematics.

3 credits


Term IV

9 credits


Social Psychology

Course Description: This course examines how individuals affect and are affected by others. Topics include impression formation, conformity and social influence, self-perception, attitudes, aggression, prejudice, helping, attraction, group processes, and other components of social interaction.

3 credits


Trauma Counseling Theories and Interventions

Course Description: Trauma Counseling is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary guide to the theory and treatment of survivors of a broad spectrum of traumatic events, including interpersonal violence, hate crimes, school violence, community violence, natural disasters, and war and terrorism.

3 credits


Psychology of Religion

Course Description: The course is designed to enhance critical thinking skills, demonstrate how the methods of science can be applied to the study of religious and spiritual phenomena, provide an overview of a wide range of such research, and encourage you to make as many personal applications of course content as possible.

3 credits


Term V

12 credits


Human Motivation and Interpersonal Relationships

Course Description: The course is designed to enhance critical thinking skills, demonstrate how the methods of science can be applied to the study of religious and spiritual phenomena, provide an overview of a wide range of such research, and encourage you to make as many personal applications of course content as possible.

3 credits


Basic Statistics for Social Research

Course Description: Gives students in the social sciences (sociology, anthropology, political science, and metropolitan studies) an introduction to the logic and methods of descriptive and inferential statistics with social science applications. Deals with univariate and bivariate statistics and introduces multivariate methods. Problems of causal inference.

3 credits


Field Experience

Course Description: Combined reflection and analysis of an applied field experience with course-based discussion of the integration of Christianity and human service work. Students must obtain a total of 250 hours of pre-approved on-site experience, including 60 contact hours in human services work with identifiable client/participants. Students can use their own employment, ministry or another venue to provide

3 credits


Critical Thinking and Problem Solving

Course Description: This course meets the Core Curriculum Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving Essential Learning Outcome; it provides students with the opportunity to practice fundamental intellectual skills for approaching problems and evaluating evidence in order to develop solutions and draw informed conclusions.

3 credits


Term VI Dissertation phase

12 credits


Seminar on Dissertation

3 credits


Dissertation Proposal Writing

3 credits


Dissertation Writing

6 credits


·   DIS901: Doctoral Dissertation Independent Research I

·   DIS902: Doctoral Dissertation Independent Research II

·   DIS903: Doctoral Dissertation Independent Research III

·   DIS904: Doctoral Dissertation Independent Research IV


Description: This dissertation is the culminating point of this program.  The work must be a significant original in nature, which will seek to making a contribution to the world of psychology and counseling. This final course culminates the entire course of studies and research required by this program. This is a very involved endeavor and will require an undivided attention. The research project comprises two parts—a quantitative and qualitative research or a mixed method can be used. Both parts must demonstrate doctorate level quality of work in respect to magnitude of effort and the end result for such program.

Student are allowed choosing their own research topic and getting it approved by the Dissertation Review Board through a Dissertation Proposal. The Research proposal contains a sample of the first three chapters, table of content and partial bibliography that will be submitted to The Dissertation Review Board. A fee of one hundred ($650.00) dollars must be submitted with the proposal. The Proposal will not be reviewed without this fee.

The Review Board will review the research proposal. The board will either approve it, approve it with recommendations, or denied it altogether. If the dissertation is denied, a separate fee will be required for revisions. Students are solely responsible to present the research project as required the first time to avoid any denial proposal and extra fee.

Note: do not confused this fee with any other expenses to this project. May need to hire at your own expenses a dissertation coach to guide you through this process.


Upon the final review and grading of the final research project, the student will submit two bound copies to the school. One will be graded, endorse, and return to the student and one copy will remain the property of the school. 5

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