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About the Graduate Certificate in Biblical Counseling

Why Study Biblical Counseling at Cedarville?

Do you have a heart for the hurting? The online, four-course, 12-credit hour graduate Certificate in Biblical Counseling will equip you with methodology and skills to provide faithful biblical counseling to individuals, couples, and families in a church, ministry, or missions setting. You'll be prepared to minister God's Word into life's most difficult moments.

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What Sets Cedarville Apart?

  • Biblical Worldview

    All courses are built on the solid foundation of Scripture.
  • Online and Accelerated

    All courses are offered in an online format, 1- and 2-year completion options.
  • Affordable

    Cedarville’s online ministry programs are competitively priced with available financial aid.

Program Overview

Certificate in Biblical Counseling Highlights

Biblically Grounded — God transforms the hearts and lives of His people through His Word. You will be rooted in Scripture as you learn to creatively and effectively apply biblical truth to those who are hurting, broken, or trapped in sin in your ministry.

Speed to Completion — Can be completed in just four seven-week courses.

Affordable — Among the lowest cost options you'll find, Cedarville is committed to affordability.

Universal — Open to anyone with a bachelor’s degree in any field.

Real-World Application — God's Word is relevant for issues of life. This program will give you the tools to be able to bridge the gap between understanding and applying God's Word to the struggles your people will face in ministry.

What Can You Do With a Graduate Certificate in Biblical Counseling?

You will be equipped to provide biblically faithful counseling to individuals, couples, and families in a church, ministry, or missions setting. Furthermore, you'll be taught to see the applicability of biblical counseling’s philosophy to the whole church. Not only will you be equipped for the ministry counseling room; you'll also be prepared to rightly apply God's Word throughout your local church ministries, helping mobilize your church community to create a culture of care.

Admission, Costs and Aid, Start Dates

Admission Requirements — The first step in your graduate school journey at Cedarville is to apply for admission.

Graduate Certificate Admission Requirements

Costs and Financial Aid — Your decision to pursue quality, Christian graduate education represents a valuable investment in your career and professional development. To assure your degree is also affordable, Cedarville graduate programs are competitively priced and can be supplemented with a variety of financial aid.

Graduate Certificate Cost Information

Program Start Dates — Applications are accepted throughout the year, and you can enroll and begin classes in August, October, January, or March.

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Program Curriculum

You will take four 3-credit courses to complete the certificate.

  • Biblical Care and Counseling
  • Interpersonal and Crisis Counseling
  • Counseling Methods and Theology
  • Choose one:
    • Advanced Topics in Biblical Counseling 1: Sex, Marriage, and Family
    • Advanced Topics in Biblical Counseling 2: Embodiment

Program Format and Related Programs

Cedarville offers both graduate and undergraduate programs, with flexible completion options. You may also want to consider these related programs as you consider the degree or program that is a best fit for you.

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Trent Rogers, PhD

Dean of SBTS, Associate Professor of NT and Greek


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Jeremy Oliver, MDiv

Assistant Professor of Applied Theology


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Maggie Hess

Director of Graduate Recruiting - Nursing and Ministry Programs


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