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DMin Degree – Major in Biblical Counseling

The major in the DMin degree is the focused area of study designed to prepare a student for a specific career path or professional goal. Courses in the major define the subject areas of expertise being developed by the student.


Purpose of the Major

To offer experienced ministers the opportunity to hone their understanding and skills in counseling as a form of discipleship and to develop a model of promoting Christian growth by mobilizing people to help one another through trials.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Learners will develop a model of church life that promotes spiritual development and change among the members of the congregation.
  2. Learners will interact with and evaluate the claims of non-Christian counseling systems against a biblically informed theology of ministry.
  3. Learners will develop the skills necessary for leading counselees through their struggles so as to grow in the process.

Major Core Studies – 18 Credits

Major Core Studies form 18 credits of the 30 credits minimum for the DMin degree Major in Biblical Counseling. Major Core Studies are from the Biblical Counseling subject area.

  • BC 713 Advanced Principles of Biblical Counseling
  • BC 804 Counseling Families in the Church
  • BC 840 Doctor of Ministry Biblical Counseling Practicum * 1
  • Electives: Any 3 courses in Biblical Counseling (BC) – 9 credits

* Learners are encouraged to pursue remaining courses while in the counseling practicum course.

1 Learners may replace course with an elective in Biblical Counseling (BC)

Program Structure – 30 Credits Minimum

  • RW 001 Trinity Tutorial – 0 credits
  • Major Core Studies – 18 credits
  • D.Min. Common Core – 6 credits
  • D.Min. Capstone Research Project – 6 credits

A minimum of 21 credits must be earned through Trinity. A maximum of 9 credits may be satisfied via transfer credit. The transfer must be relevant to the student's program of study and equivalent in both content and degree level of doctoral courses. Transfer (grades of "B" or above) must satisfy the requirements of the program. Awarding degree credit for experiential learning is not available at the doctoral level.

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