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Graduate Certificate in Counseling Ministry

(c) Milligan College-Counseling Ministry Certificate

Need to provide counseling services at your church or ministry?

This 19-hour graduate certificate program will introduce you to basic knowledge about both secular and Christian perspectives on counseling and how these may be applied in a church-based setting. Students who complete this program will be prepared to work in churches, mission agencies, and other settings in which informal counseling and support groups are often provided.

The program combines courses in the Master of Science in Counseling program with courses in the Master of Divinity program’s Christian Care and Counseling emphasis.


Required courses (13 hrs):

  • COUN 520 Theory and Practice of Counseling (3 hrs)
  • COUN 530 Child and Adult Psychopathology (4 hrs)
  • CMC 5010 The Person of the Minister (3 hrs)
  • CMC 7050 Basic Approaches to Christian Care and Counseling (3 hrs)

Elective courses (6 hrs total, choose 2 of the following:):

  • COUN 535 Child Sexual Abuse (3 hrs)
  • COUN 540 Cultural Diversity in Counseling (3 hrs)
  • COUN 545 Crisis Intervention (3 hrs)
  • COUN 610 Groups Dynamics and Group Counseling (3 hrs)
  • COUN 625 Marriage and Family Counseling (3 hrs)
  • COUN 645 Child and Adolescent Counseling (3 hrs)
  • COUN 650 End of Life Issues (3 hrs)
  • CMC 6010 Ministry of the Aging and Their Families (3 hrs)
  • CMC 6020 Human Sexuality (3 hrs)
  • CMC 7070 Suffering and Christian Care and Counseling (3 hrs)


Admission Requirements


  1. Application: Apply online
  2. An undergraduate degree from a regionally-accredited college with an overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.75.
  3. ALL college transcript(s) for both undergraduate and graduate work. Transcripts must be mailed by your college(s) directly to the Office of Graduate & Professional Studies.
  4. One 3-hour course in general psychology or an acceptable substitute, and one 3-hour computer competency course or documented competency in computer applications.
  5. Two completed reference forms from persons who have adequate knowledge of your Christian commitment, character, and potential for academic and professional success.
  6. An interview with the MSC faculty admissions committee may be required.
  7. This program is not currently approved for international applicants.