Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling

Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling (Ph.D.)

Liberty University’s Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling program, with specializations in Professional Counseling or Pastoral Care and Counseling, focuses on the development of excellence in clinical practice, including expanded clinical competency, with an emphasis on empirically supported treatments and applied clinical research within a biblically informed Christian worldview. Clinical expertise, with readiness  to practice and teach in clinical, education, and pastoral settings, and preparation  for key roles in the mental health field is emphasized. Courses are provided on-line and include a one week residential intensive component. Students with a Master’s degree in the field of counseling or a related field are invited to apply. Students in the Doctor of Philosophy in Couseling program must choose a cognate.

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Quick Facts

2013-2014 Tuition

  • $520 per credit hour (based on full-time enrollment)


Credit Hours

  • 63 total hours
  • Up to 15 credit hours can be transferred in


  • Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • Professional Counseling


  • A 6 credit hour internship is a required part of the Ph.D. in Counseling program.


  • A 6 credit hour dissertation is a required part of the Ph.D. in Counseling program.

Potential Career Placement

  • Church Administrator
  • Licensed Professional Counselor
  • Marriage & Family Therapist
  • Pastor
  • University Professor
  • University Administrator

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