Doctor of Theology in Pastoral Counseling
Columbia's Doctor of Theology (Th.D.) in pastoral counseling degree is (a four-year program) designed for ministers who wish to become pastoral counselors, serve as consultants to other clergy, or train others in pastoral care. Upon completion students qualify for specialized ministry at a doctoral level, including teaching, and membership in the American Association of Pastoral Counseling. They may also become licensed by the state. The Th.D. program requires students to design and execute a major research project and complete a dissertation on their findings.