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Graduate Certificate in Christian Counseling

This program prepares students to research and address the mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual growth needs of people in clinical, academic, organizational, and church or mission settings.

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Overview

Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

This program of study is designed for non-clinical biblical counseling in a church context. It does not provide licensure or counseling certifications. The G.C.C.C. program does provide a foundation for students who desire to pursue further graduate studies in counseling or other related fields.

 

Program Objectives

  • Enable students to evaluate psychological theories by the authority of Scripture, helping them to articulate accurate biblical perspectives empirically validated by the model of human psychology.
  • Enable students to understand the foundations of empirical research and the biological foundations of psychological experience.
  • Help students to foster a spiritual, mental, emotional, and relational view of self growth and others through practical exposure and training in outside agency work.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

This program requires 8 courses (or 24 credit hours), which can be completed within 1 year for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online). GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2020-2021 Graduate Tuition Rate = $280 per credit hour

Example Breakdown

Application Fee: $50

Semester 1

Tuition for 3 courses (full-time): $2,520
Library card fee (one-time): $10
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,630

Semester 2

Tuition for 3 courses (full-time): $2,520
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,620

Semester 3

Tuition for 2 courses (part-time): $1,680
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $1,780

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Graduation Fee: $100

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TOTAL COST: $7,180

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $300 per course.  Tuition rates and fees are subject to change at the discretion of GCD’s Board of Directors.

Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.

Courses

Full details can be found in the 2020-2021 Graduate Academic Catalog.

All Courses
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
MBIB 602Biblical Issues for Leadership3
MCNS 504Counseling Theory and Practice3
MCNS 603Counseling Ethics3
MCNS 604Counseling Techniques and Treatment Strategies3
MCNS 605Marriage and Family Counseling3
MCNS 606Trauma and Crisis Counseling3
MLEA 601Case Analyses for Organizational and Church Leadership3
MLEA 602Organizational Research and Analysis3
Total Credit Hours:24

Admissions

Admissions section: To become a student at GCD, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    * applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to registrar@gcd.edu, or by mail to our physical address:

Grace College of Divinity
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

All applicants applying for admission to one of GCD’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by GCD’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

If you are a student transfering from another college or university, click here for more information.

Deana’s Story

Like most of today’s college students, Deana leads a busy life. Finding time for studies was a challenge on top of family, work, and serving in her local church, but she sensed the need to be more prepared for her calling.

“God is using GCD to mold me into the strong elite spiritual warrior that is properly prepared for ministry.”

Take Your Next Step

Flexible, Low-Cost Learning

Complete a degree without going into debt

69% of GCD students receive financial aid or scholarships, and the GI Bill is accepted. Our generous transfer credit policy helps students move quickly toward their degree. All of GCD’s certificates and degrees can be completed online.

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at GCD can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.