The Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling equips students to serve as counselors, professors, educational specialists, and consultants in the local church and in denominational settings.
With the introduction of our Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling, Southwestern Seminary has become one of the only institutions worldwide to offer such a degree. This doctoral degree is unique in that it highlights Scripture as completely sufficient for the counseling task and as the supreme source of authority for “everything pertaining to life and godliness” (2 Peter 1:3).
“We believe that the Bible is sufficient for the counseling task and that it is superior to anything the world has to offer. It’s not the Bible and bits and pieces of behavioral sciences. The Bible is sufficient.”John Babler
As churches seek to fulfill their biblical role and responsibility to counsel members of the local church, the need for people who will teach the discipline rises. In order for churches to turn from extra-biblical counseling methods that deny the power, authority and sufficiency of the inspired and inerrant Word of God, Southwestern accepts the responsibility to train its graduates to rightly handle the Scriptures as they relate to the human condition and conflict. Graduates from Southwestern’s Biblical Counseling Ph.D. leave the seminary prepared to help churches reclaim the ministry of counseling from the world’s wisdom and replace it with Scripture’s timeless and perfect wisdom.
Students can expect to spend three to five years working on a Ph.D. in Biblical Counseling and during their time of study will complete 44 hours in seminars and eight hours in completion of a dissertation, for a total of 52 hours. Students will spend 20 of those hours (five seminars) in biblical counseling and 12 of those hours (three seminars) in a minor of their choosing.
The Masters of Arts in Biblical Counseling is a 66-hour program of study designed primarily to equip Christian men and women to minister God’s Word through counseling in the context of the local church or other Christian ministries. The degree includes 29 hours of theological preparation vital for effectively interpreting and ministering the Word of God. The counseling courses (37 hours) will prepare students to apply God’s Word in both formal and informal counseling settings.
For students interested in pursuing the Master of Arts in Christian Education or the Master of Divinity degrees, a concentration in Biblical Counseling can be added with the completion of 12 hours of upper division counseling courses:
The Walsh Counseling Center at Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary offers comprehensive Biblical Counseling certification that will provide recognition of training as well as support and networking opportunities for active certificate holders. The certification is not a form of counseling licensure, but represents our belief as professors and practitioners of Biblical Counseling that participants have had adequate training to be able to counsel effectively utilizing Scripture. Certification provides credible evidence that one has received training for Biblical Counseling in a formal setting and would be recognized as a valid credential by churches committed to the sufficiency of Scripture in the arena of counseling.
Professor of Counseling, Director of Walsh Counseling Center
Professor of Adult Education and Counseling, Associate Dean for Doctor of Educational Ministry Studies
Instructor of Counseling