Master - in Christian Counseling

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Grand Canyon University offers a Master of Science in Christian Counseling program designed to meet the academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Read on to learn more about this graduate-level counseling degree.

Frequently Asked Questions

What Kind of Program Is It?

Grand Canyon University's online Master of Science in Christian Counseling program is designed to provide you with training needed to observe, evaluate, diagnose, and provide therapy to clients from various backgrounds. These clients could be facing varying issues related to abuse, addiction, family problems, and sexuality.

In this program, you also have the chance to gain a firm understanding of the Bible and faith-based principles, such as spiritual health and growth, salvation, and forgiveness, which could help you provide counsel to future clients. Courses are also designed to cover psychiatric disorders, personality development, treatment methods, legal issues in the field, professional ethics, record keeping, and report writing.

What Are the Prerequisites?

Though specific program requirements may vary, you should have already earned a bachelor's degree and be a U.S. citizen before applying to Grand Canyon University's graduate programs. Undergraduate training in such areas as counseling, psychology, or human services could prove helpful.

What Are the Course Requirements?

You will be required to earn a total of 74 credits for a Master of Science in Christian Counseling degree. Of these, 10 credits are devoted to pre-practicum and internship experiences.

Christian Counseling Course Requirements

Course CodeCourse Name
UNV 502 Introduction to Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences
PCN 505 Professional Counseling Orientation and Ethics
PCN 500 Counseling Theories
PCN 501 Introduction to Addictions and Substance Use Disorders
PCN 520 Group Counseling Theory and Practice
PCN 509 Social and Cultural Diversity Issues in Counseling
CCN 601 Biblical Foundations for Counselors: The Story of God
CCN 650 Spiritual Formation: Becoming a Healthy Practitioner
PCN 527 Psychopharmacology and Addictions
PCN 530 Human Sexuality, Aging, and Long-Term Care
PCN 515 Counseling Skills in the Helping Relationships
PCN 518 Human Growth and Development
CCN 655 Biblical Concepts of Healthy Relationships: Forgiveness and Healthy Spirituality
PCN 521 Marriage and Family Therapy
PCN 545 Spousal and Child Abuse, Crisis, and Trauma Counseling
PCN 523 Tests and Appraisal in Counseling
CCN 675 Integration of Scripture With Counseling Theory
PCN 525 Career Development and Counseling
PCN 540 Research Methods
PCN 610 Diagnostics, Assessment, and Treatment
PCN 605 Psychopathology and Counseling
PCN 644 Evaluation of Mental and Emotional Status
PCN 622 Pre-Practicum
PCN 662A Practicum / Internship I
PCN 662B Practicum / Internship II
PCN 662C Practicum / Internship III
PCN 662D Practicum / Internship IV

What Could I Do After I Graduate?

Career Opportunities

The Master of Science in Christian Counseling program from Grand Canyon University is designed to provide you with the training needed to seek certification and licensure as a counselor in the state of Arizona. If you live in another area, you should contact your state's certifying agency to see what other requirements, if any, you might need. After earning your degree, you could seek employment within the following environments:

  • Mental health centers
  • Social services agencies
  • Group or private practices
  • Christian nonprofit organizations

In addition, you may focus on one or more of the following counseling areas:

  • Behavior
  • Marriage and family
  • Substance abuse
  • Mental health