Graduate Programs

Graduate degree programs range in credit hour requirements from thirty-six (36) to ninety (90) semester hours, depending upon the scope of the program.

Click below on the concentration you are interested in. Explore the university catalog to learn about all our courses.

Admission to the Graduate School of Christian Counseling requires that students have earned an undergraduate degree with a major or minor in a related field, such as counseling or psychology. Students who enroll in this degree program with a non-counseling degree will need to complete an additional twelve (12) semester hours of Christian Counseling courses as part of the degree program.

The degree in Christian Counseling does not qualify the student to sit for the State licensure exam. However, it does qualify one with this degree who has clergy status (Commissioned, Licensed or Ordained) to operate a Christian Counseling ministry under Florida Statutes Title XXXII, Chapter 491-014 Exemption, and to use the title “Christian Counselor”. See the following website: www.flsenate.gov/statutes. For states other than Florida, please review the appropriate statues and requirements for your state.

Christian Counseling Courses

30 semester hours

Master’s Practicum

6 semester hours

Total Semester Hours Required

36 semester hours

Christian Education Courses

30 semester hours

Master’s Thesis/Project

6 semester hours

Total Semester Hours Required

36 semester hours

Leadership & Organization Courses

30 semester hours

Master’s Thesis/Project

6 semester hours

Total Semester Hours Required

36 semesters hours

Core Courses: (Required)

BUS505 Principles of Entrepreneurship

3 semester hours

BUS511 Organizational Principles: Development

3 semester hours

BUS515 Supervision & Performance Improvement

3 semester hours

BUS550 Marketing Strategy: Designing, Planning & Implementation

3 semester hours

BUS600 Church/Business Management & Strategy

3 semester hours

BUS635 Business Project

3 semester hours

BUS710 Managing a Non-Profit Organization

3 semester hours

BUS726 Ministry Development: Vision, Mission, Strategy

3 semester hours

BUS 735 Essential Team Building/Interaction

3 semester hours

PTH701 Leadership Principles

3 semester hours

RES699 Master’s Thesis

6 semester hours

Total Core Semester Hours Required

36 semester hours

Electives (For those needing a substitute core course):

BUS611 Marketplace Ministry

3 semester hours

BUS615 Organizational Theory and Design

3 semester hours

PTH512 Mentoring/Coaching: Dev. Aspiring Leaders

3 semester hours

PTH805 Advanced Leadership Principles

3 semester hours

Theological Studies Courses

30 semester hours

Master’s Thesis/Project

6 semester hours

Total Semester Hours Required

36 semester hours

 

Core Courses: (Required)

HCH601 Church History I

3 semester hours

HCH611 Church History II

3 semester hours

PRE601 Homiletics I

3 semester hours

PRE701 Homiletics II

3 semester hours

PTH701 Leadership Principles

3 semester hours

PTH707 Pastoral Counseling

3 semester hours

SYS601 Old Testament Theology

3 semester hours

SYS701 New Testament Theology

3 semester hours

THE630 Hermeneutics

3 semester hours

THE762 Apologetics

3 semester hours

RES699 Master’s Thesis

6 semester hours

Total Core Semester Hours Required

36 semester hours

Successful completion of this degree program qualifies the student to pursue a Doctor of Ministry by completing an additional post-graduate 36 hours. See the Post-Graduate section for information on doctoral degree programs.

Core Courses: (Required)

GRK601 Greek I3 semester hours
GRK701 Greek II3 semester hours
HCH601 Church History I3 semester hours
HCH611 Church History II3 semester hours
HEB601 Hebrew I3 semester hours
HEB701 Hebrew II3 semester hours
NTS509 Synoptic Gospels3 semester hours
PHL501 Philosophy3 semester hours
PRE601 Homiletics I3 semester hours
PRE701 Homiletics II3 semester hours
PTH706 Christian Ethics3 semester hours
PTH707 Pastoral Counseling3 semester hours
PTH805 Advanced Leadership Principles.3 semester hours
SYS501 Historical Theology3 semester hours
SYS601 Old Testament Theology3 semester hours
SYS621 Bibliology3 semester hours
SYS701 New Testament Theology3 semester hours
SYS810 Systematic Theology3 semester hours
SYS812 Pauline Theology3 semester hours
THE630 Hermeneutics3 semester hours
THE662 Comparative Religions3 semester hours
THE762 Apologetics3 semester hours
Total Core Semester Hours Required66 semester hours

 

Concentration Tracks for Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The Master of Divinity degree requires a concentration of 24 semester hours in addition to the core courses. Selection of a concentration must be approved by your faculty advisor.

Leadership and Organization Track:
BUS500 Church/Ministry Administration3 semester hours
BUS511 Organizational Principles: Development3 semester hours
BUS550 Marketing Strategy: Design, Planning and Implementation3 semester hours
BUS600 Church/Business Management & Staffing3 semester hours
BUS611 Marketplace Ministry3 semester hours
RES699 Master’s Thesis9 semester hours
Leadership & Organization Concentration Hours24 semester hours
Pastoral Care/Counseling Track:
CNS731 Marriage & Family Counseling3 semester hours
CNS734 Grief Counseling3 semester hours
CNS737 Crisis Counseling3 semester hours
CNS831 Addictions Counseling3 semester hours
CNS832 Healing the Inner Man3 semester hours
RES699 Master’s Thesis9 semester hours
Pastoral Care/Counseling Concentration Hours24 semester hours
Sacramental Theology Track:
SAC501 Introduction to Sacramental Theology3 semester hours
SAC502 Introduction to Convergence3 semester hours
SAC510 The Liturgy3 semester hours
SAC521 Anglican Sacramental Theology3 semester hours
SAC527 Pastoral Offices3 semester hours
THE612 Book of Common Prayer3 semester hours
RES699 Master’s Thesis6 semester hours
Sacramental Theology Concentration Hours24 semester hours

 

MASTER OF DIVINITY (MDiv) CHAPLAINCY

 

The Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy will have two areas of concentration: Sacramental and Non-Sacramental (Evangelical Protestant).

These areas are designed to meet the broad theological and educational needs of students entering the chaplaincy. If a student enters into the Sacramental Concentration and has no background in this area, additional prerequisites will be required.

Credit for pastoral care practicum or internship may be gained through completion of a residency or weekend program of one or more units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), certified by the Association of Pastoral Care and Education (ACPE). Although this is not a requirement for the Master of Divinity degree, it but may be needed for appointment as a chaplain in some areas.

The program provides broad biblical, historical and practical preparation for those who desire to serve the Lord as a chaplain. In order to understand their role in the pluralistic setting of the chaplaincy, there is a substantial church history, philosophy, and theological core, in addition to courses in leadership, and ministry.

This program also meets the need of those needing more stringent federal Chaplaincy requirements of the Armed Forces, Veterans Administration and prisons.

Courses for the Master of Divinity / Chaplaincy Concentration

 

Biblical Core:
THE630 Hermeneutics3 semester hours
OTS Old Testament Elective3 semester hours
NTS New Testament Elective3 semester hours
Biblical Core Hours:9 semester hours

 

Theology and Philosophy:
Select One PHL501 Introduction to Philosophy

3 semester hours

PHL801 Philosophy in Christian Perspective
Select One SAC612 Book of Common Prayer (Sac. Concen)

3 semester hours

SYS Syst Theology Elective (Evang. Concen).
SYS501 – Historical Theology3 semester hours
SYS801 – Systematic Theology3 semester hours
THE662 – Comparative Religions3 semester hours
Theology and Philosophy Hours:15 semester hours

 

Church History:
HCH601 – Church History I3 semester hours
HCH611 – Church History II3 semester hours
HCH612 – Age of Reformation3 semester hours
Church History Hours:9 semester hours

 

Preaching and Proclamation:
ECM501 – Evangelism3 semester hours
PRE601 – Homiletics I3 semester hours
PRE701 – Homiletics II3 semester hours
Select One SAC502 Intro to Convergence (Sac. Concen)

 

3 semester hours

THE562 – Theology of Worship (Evang. Concen)
Church History Hours:12 semester hours

 

Chaplaincy Core:
CNS731 – Marriage and Family Counseling3 semester hours
CNS737 – Crisis/Grief Counseling3 semester hours
CNS831 – Addictions Counseling3 semester hours
PTH511 – Foundations for Ministry3 semester hours
PTH614 – Pastoral Care History & Theology3 semester hours
PTH620 – Introduction to Chaplaincy3 semester hours
PTH631 – Advanced Chaplaincy3 semester hours
PTH707 – Pastoral Counseling3 semester hours
RES697 – Chaplaincy Internship3 semester hours
Leadership & Organization Concentration Hours27 semester hours
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