Master of Divinity (Care and Counseling)

You shepherd people into God’s loving light through your faith and His word and through the love in your heart. The Master of Divinity (Care and Counseling) provides you with specialized knowledge and skills to teach, train, and counsel people in a variety of communities and cultures and to help people understand their situation from God's perspective. When you graduate, you’ll be able to better listen, reach out, and heal not only those engaged in missionary work, but all people, through God. 

What You’ll Learn

  • How to analyze and address the impact of cross-cultural living upon individuals and families
  • Tools for assessing and diagnosing the mental status of missionaries in relation to enculturation dynamics
  • Effective treatment plans to foster emotional and life balance

Program Length 

Depending on your academic background, this 78-credit-hour program can take up to three years.

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This master’s program is offered on campus, in a face-to-face delivery format, and online.

Career and Ministry Opportunities with This Degree

Although not licensed counselors, care and counseling students are well trained in counseling services and techniques. We'll prepare you to help with the emotional and spiritual needs of in a variety of communities and cultures.

  • Missionary support services specialist
  • Consultant to mission agencies
  • Training- and counseling-services support provider in cross-cultural settings

Why Earn Your Master’s at CBS?

  • Small, close-knit classes that serve as safe spaces to learn, grow, and gain insight into God, yourself, and others
  • Holistic training from experienced professors who practice the subjects they teach, in courses they’ve designed to be equal parts, intellectual, emotional, and fieldwork oriented
  • Intentionally inclusive learning environments that respect all cultures and backgrounds
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing not only academic support but spiritual support and guidance as well
  • Internships built into the curriculum

What You Need to Know Before You Apply 

Program Details

Course of Study (78 hours)

Course Number Course Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
CHL 5003 Chapel III 0
Bible and Hermeneutics 15
BIB 5112  Genesis to Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation and Redemption 3
BIB 5113 Prophets: God's Message of Redemption and Judgment 3
BIB 5132 Gospels: God's Means of Providing Redemption 3
BIB 5133 Acts to Revelation: God's People Proclaiming Redemption Globally 3
BIB 5410 Hermeneutics: Interpreting and Applying the Bible 3
Biblical Languages 12
Choose one sequence
GRE 5110 NT Greek I: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 5111 NT Greek II: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 6220 Greek III: NT Greek Exegesis 3
GRE 63xx GREEK IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
HEB 5110 Hebrew I: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 5111 Hebrew II: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 6220 Hebrew III: From Exegesis to Exposition 3
HEB 65xx Hebrew IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
History and Theology 12
HIS 6221 History of Global Christianity I 3
HIS 6231 History of Global Christianity II 3
THE 6310 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity I 3
THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity II 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 9
GLS 5115 Missions and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understanding Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Ministry Praxis 12
CNC 6710 Short Term Counseling: Theories and Practice 3
HOM 6300 Foundations for Biblical Preaching 3
MIN 6100 Leadership and Ministry Skills 3
MIN 6344 Transformational Bible Teaching 3
Concentration 18
INT 6110 Foundation of Internship 0
INT 6060 Clinical Pastoral Education 3
INT 6400 Care and Counseling Techniques 3
CNC 6711 Psychopathology for Ministry Contexts 3
Choose three courses from CHP, CNC, or CNS 12

Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • Church leader reference
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA

Ready to learn about how you can enter into the Master of Divinity (Care and Counseling) program from Columbia Biblical Seminary?

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