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Biblical Counseling Degree versus Biblical Counseling Certificate

The primary difference between a biblical counseling degree and a biblical counseling certificate lies in the depth of study, as well as the academic and professional standing.



A biblical counseling degree typically involves a more comprehensive and structured academic program. It may include coursework covering various aspects of counseling theory, psychology, theology, and practical counseling skills. This often leads to an associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, or even a doctoral degree in counseling or a related field. A master’s degree is required in most states for licensure.

A biblical counseling certificate program, on the other hand, is usually shorter and more focused. It may provide basic training in biblical counseling principles and techniques without the comprehensive academic study required for a degree.

CCBS currently offers a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling as well as a Biblical Counseling Certificate. Classes can be taken on campus, online, or through Zoom.



Degree programs usually require a longer period of study, ranging from two to seven years depending on the level of the degree. This longer duration allows for a more in-depth exploration of the subject matter. At CCBS, our bachelor’s degree program usually takes about four years to complete.

Certificate programs can also vary in duration, but they are generally shorter than degree programs. Educational institutions or religious organizations often offer certificates that can be completed in months! For example, our certificate program can be completed in eighteen hours, or two to three terms.



Degree programs are typically offered by accredited institutions. This means they meet certain academic standards set by accrediting bodies. This accreditation adds credibility to the degree and may be necessary for certain career paths or further education.


Career Opportunities:

While both degree and certificate programs can provide valuable training in biblical counseling, degree programs usually carry more weight and credibility than a certificate. A degree is generally more recognized by employers and may offer broader career opportunities, including licensure as a professional counselor in some jurisdictions.

Certificate programs can still benefit individuals seeking to enhance their counseling skills in a specific religious or spiritual context, even though licensure cannot be obtained.

Individuals who earn a biblical counseling degree or certificate can pursue various opportunities in ministry, counseling, and other related fields. They may consider pastoral counseling, church ministry, missionary work, and roles within parachurch organizations.

Ultimately, the choice between a degree and a certificate program depends on factors such as depth of study, time commitment, and career goals. A degree program offers a more extensive education. This typically results in a recognized academic degree, while a certificate program provides more training in a shorter time frame but does not result in a degree.

To learn more about our degree and certificate programs, contact (910) 323-5614 or visit ccbs.edu.