Ph.D. in Psychology & Counseling

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Psychology & Counseling

Purpose of the Degree

The Ph.D. in Psychology & Counseling is designed to offer advanced preparation in Psychology and Counseling from a distinctly Christian perspective.  

Meeting Schedule

Seminars and Reading Colloquia meet on a modified presence schedule three times per semester.  Residence in New Orleans is not required.  Typical meetings are Thursday-Friday or Friday-Saturday, allowing many students who do not live in the New Orleans area the option of traveling to the campus for their course meetings.

Admission Requirements

The M.Div. degree or the equivalent from a theological institution accredited by ATS, or the M.A. degree in counseling (preferably ATS accredited, but minimally by an agency related to the CHEA). Applicants must have completed master’s- level psychology and counseling courses comparable to those included in the M.Div. in Counseling (Licensure Track) degree program. Those with the M.A. in counseling must have completed master’s-level biblical studies and master’s-level theology and psychology integration studies courses comparable to those included in the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Counseling degree program.

Applicants must complete a minimum of 8 semester hours of graduate-level research statistics and methods. They are encouraged to complete this requirement prior to admission to the program but must complete it before taking the qualifying examination. Upon request, the division faculty will evaluate undergraduate courses to determine which, if any, apply toward the research statistics and methods requirement. Requests must be submitted in writing with the application. Courses considered would be those similar in nature to NOBTS graduate courses PSYC6474 Scientific Research I: Descriptive Statistics to Analysis of Variance and PSYC6475 Scientific Research II: Multivariate Analyses, Research Design and Methodology.

Purpose and Goals of the Ph.D. Program at NOBTS

The Doctor of Philosophy degree at New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary is a research degree designed to prepare qualified students for teaching in colleges, universities, and seminaries; for holding administrative positions; for working in the boards, agencies, and commissions of the Southern Baptist Convention; and for providing specialized ministry leadership.

The Doctor of Philosophy degree program is designed to lead graduates to meet the following goals:

  • Mastery of a body of knowledge related to a chosen field of study 
  • Excellence in designing, implementing, and reporting research 
  • Proficiency in imparting the knowledge of the chosen field through teaching and other communication skills
For more detailed information on NOBTS Research Doctoral Programs, click here.