Master of Science in Christian Counseling

GCU's transformative Christian Counseling programs create an opportunity to integrate Christian principles within a professional counseling practice. The Master of Science in Christian Counseling prepares graduates to serve clients who are searching for counseling services with Christian faith elements integrated.

The program offers a strong foundation in biblical knowledge and theological wisdom, which can be applied in a client-driven counseling setting. This includes an exploration of spiritual health, growth and character development for the counselor in life and practice. Learners develop a deep understanding of the gospel to discuss relevant issues from a Christian perspective.

The program meets the academic requirements established by the National Board for Certified Counselors. Learners are provided with comprehensive training to achieve national certification and licensure in Arizona as a counselor.

Graduates from other states may have the academic preparation to begin the process of seeking certification and licensure in their respective states. A master's degree in counseling is needed to become licensed as a counselor in all 50 states, including Arizona. But, additional requirements may vary from state to state.

Graduates of this degree program will be prepared to treat individuals who suffer from social, psychological and emotional disabilities. Learners can focus their counseling careers on a variety of disorders such as behavior, mental health, substance abuse, and marriage and family.

Christian faith components:

  • Biblical Foundations for Counselors
  • Spiritual Formation
  • Biblical Concepts of Healthy Relationships
  • Integration of Scripture with Counseling Theory

Topics of interest:

  • Spousal and Child Abuse, Crisis, and Trauma Counseling
  • Psychopathology and Counseling
  • Psychopharmacology & Addictions
  • Counseling Theories

This program is offered in the following formats or locations:


The dynamic capabilities of GCUs online curriculum offer considerable flexibility and convenience for career oriented professionals who are pursuing their educational goals. Full time faculty members, equipped with strong academic backgrounds and practical experience in their fields, support you every step of the way. Our small class sizes provide an intimate environment that stimulates engaging and challenging discussions. Classes begin frequently.


The convenience of GCUs evening programs cater to the demands of working professionals. Evening classes meet once per week and offer the interaction and discussion of a typical college classroom, filled with career minded individuals. Evening class sizes are kept small, providing a warm nurturing environment that supports an engaging experience. Classes begin frequently at various locations.

Online and Evening program disclosures      

* Please refer to the Academic Catalog for more information. Program subject to change.