Approach - M.A. in Christian Counseling

Philosophy of the Counseling Program

We believe wise help and counsel should be at the heart of the life and purpose of the church. We have developed multiple Christian counseling degree options that integrate biblical and theological studies with relevant practical training and hands on counseling experience, designed to equip students for counseling ministry in the local church and beyond.

Biblical, theological, and historical courses unpack the content of our Christian faith, while counseling and ministry courses bring that content to bear on the situations and details of people in need. Our program includes a comprehensive study of the entire bible, which we believe best equips our students to apply all of Scripture to life. We emphasize how to bring these together to fulfill the mission of the church in the shepherding of its people.

RTS Charlotte’s program will embody a model of biblically-grounded care and counsel as manifested in organizations such as the Christian Counseling and Educational Foundation (CCEF) and the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). Graduates from the MACC, Dual Degree, and Certificate programs may qualify for certification with ACBC.


Biblical and theological integrity – We believe true care and counsel in the church should derive its identity above all from the wisdom and ways of God revealed in Jesus Christ through all of Scripture. With a comprehensive study of the entire bible, and theology classes in the masters degrees, our program emphasizes the Scripture as the foundation for understanding people and helping them find lasting change.

Counseling and ministry wisdom – Real truth changes us. It gets into the details of our lives and transforms us. Our specialized counseling courses help you grow in the understanding, skills, and methods of wise and effective counsel.

A vision for the local church – One of the most effective and needed places for wise counsel is the local church. While graduates use their degrees in multiple venues of ministry, the local church is at the heart of our mission and the primary place for the “physician of the soul” to communicate and apply the hope of the gospel.

Hands on experience in counseling and ministry – Practicing ministry is a vital component in learning to effectively help others. Our program involves internships, field opportunities, and hands on training for students to gain experience in the church and various counseling ministries. Further, it involves opportunities for mentorship with experienced leaders.

Scholarships and support – RTS Charlotte is committed to giving generous support to help you make seminary possible. We offer scholarships through ministry partnerships, church partnerships, and more. Contact the Admissions Department for more information.

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