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How will your christian counseling education stack up?

If you are considering pursuing a christian counseling degree at home, below is relevant information to help you compare the education you will be receiving to that available elsewhere in the country. The US has 190 brick and mortar christian counseling schools.

Top Schools

The top institutions in the US in 2010 that had christian counseling programs were:

  1. Boston College - located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts
  2. Emory University - located in Atlanta, Georgia
  3. Biola University - located in La Mirada, California

Student Demographics

In the US, 1,932 students graduated from christian counseling programs in 2010. Of these students, 74 graduated from certificate programs in christian counseling, 623 graduated from undergraduate programs in christian counseling, and 1,235 graduated from graduate-level programs in christian counseling.


Students can pursue education in christian counseling at the following levels:

  • Associate's Degree in Christian Counseling
  • Bachelor's Degree in Christian Counseling
  • Master's Degree in Christian Counseling
  • Doctoral Degree in Christian Counseling
  • Certificate in Christian Counseling

Christian counseling students can hope to gain the following skills and/or knowledge as they pursue their christian counseling degree:

  • Active Listening
  • Judgment and Decision Making
  • Drug Addiction
  • Sexual Addiction
  • Written and Verbal Communication


In 2010, christian counseling schools around the nation charged an average tuition of $23,488 per year. The following christian counseling schools had the highest tuition rates:

  1. Boston College - located in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, students paid $39,130
  2. Emory University - located in Atlanta, Georgia, students paid $38,036
  3. Fordham University - located in Bronx, New York, students paid $36,882

The christian counseling schools charging the lowest tuition were:

  1. Brigham Young University - located in Provo, Utah, students paid $4,290
  2. Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary - located in Kansas City, Missouri, students paid $5,910
  3. Virginia Commonwealth University - located in Richmond, Virginia, students paid $7,117

How will your christian counseling job compare?

A large number of christian counseling majors become counselors. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 28,140 counselors working in the US in 2010. The largest numbers of counselors work in the following states:

  1. Texas - 5,690 Counselors
  2. California - 3,190 Counselors
  3. Florida - 2,740 Counselors

Projected Growth

The following states are projected to have the fastest growth for counselors over the next few years:

  1. Georgia - 30%
  2. Texas - 27%
  3. New Hampshire - 21%


In the US, a counselor earns on average $41,925 per year. However, the salary for a counselor can greatly vary based on factors such as your exact job description, education or your previous performance reviews. Approximately 10 percent of counselors earn less than $15,720 per year, while another 10 percent earn more than $102,040 per year. Counselors in the following states make the highest salaries on average:

  1. Texas - $57,880 per year
  2. Hawaii - $53,520 per year
  3. North Carolina - $52,260 per year

On average, a counselor earns the least in the following states:

  1. Kentucky - $29,020 per year
  2. South Carolina - $30,120 per year
  3. New Hampshire - $31,490 per year

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christian counseling?

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Rank Profession Employment Number Avg Salary Job Growth (Past 5 Yrs)
Clergy 42,820 $48,290 17.0%
Counselors, All Other 28,140 $44,380 31.6%
Directors, Religious Activities and Education 16,840 $40,600 23.7%