Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling
Victor Kuzmenko
Head of the Christian Counseling Master's Program
Once upon a time, a young man was found standing on the edge of a bridge, getting ready to jump down. - Hey, hold on! - shouted a passerby, - Give me ten minutes, and I'll tell you what life is all about! - OK, - the young man replied, - But let me also have another ten minutes to share my story with you! They conversed for twenty minutes and jumped down into the river, to-gether. This WAS NOT a counseling! Join us NOW, if you really want to learn what a true Christian counseling IS!

Vision of programs

The MChC program provides graduates with an opportunity to make a signifi-cant contribution to the non-clinical field of Christian counseling. It allows training students in areas of their personal calling to pastoral counseling, chap-laincy, mentoring, coaching, work in Christian schools, family counseling cen-ters, and institutions of practical Christian aid.


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Program`s goals

    • Based on Christian principles and Biblical strategies, students will learn about effective emotional, psychological, and spiritual healing in the unique context of Christian counseling, mentoring, and discipleship.
    • The MChC program will equip students with counseling techniques, basics for caring and nursing for others, and knowledge such in areas as post-traumatic stress disorder, domestic violence, addictions, pathologies, personal and interpersonal issues, and crisis counseling.
    • In the process of training, students will learn how to assess problems, how to solve legal and ethical issues, responsibility related issues, as well as how to collaborate with specialists in the neighboring professions (psychologists and psychiatrists).
    • Students will gain the necessary knowledge and practical skills of Christian counseling and will be able to integrate their skills and experience into the ministry and growth of their organizations, both church and para-church.


Program features

    • The MChC program combines courses on the theory, principles, and practices of Christian counseling, totaling 90 academic credits.
    • The curriculum  offers 12 courses, taught over 3 years (4 sessions per year).
    • As part of the preparation and training, students are required to read at least 900 pages of printed text, as well as writing a 10 page long paper on each of the subjects.
    • In the framework of the mentoring program, the faculty has a requirement for each student to have a personal mentor amongst the of UBTS staff, as well as to be a mentor for 2-3 people in the home church during the years of training.
    • Every student will have the opportunity of an internship at the counselling center during the last year of training.  The final reflective report of the course must be turned in afterwards.


Conditions of entry

    • The entrant must have a first level degree in higher education (bachelor) in theology or liberal arts.
    • Proficiency in English at a level not less than Intermediate – B1 is desirable. Subject to competition, preference is given to applicants, fluent in English.
    • The entrant must fill out an online form with personal information
    • The entrant should provide online recommendations: from the pastor (the elder) of the church; from one of the professors of the faculty where the entrant obtained a bachelor’s degree; from an acquaintance who has known the entrant for at least 3 years
    • The entrant must send to the academic office a 5-minute video, telling his story of coming to faith and trust in the Lord, explaining his understanding of one’s own spiritual gifts and calling.
    • The entrant must provide a two page printed text essay (line spacing – 1.5, font size – 14, font – Times New Roman), explaining his rationale to study at UBTS MChC program.
    • Upon receipt of all the necessary documents by the UBTS Admissions Committee, the MChC Head of the program and his assistant will conduct a 30-minute online interview with the entrant (via Zoom or Skype).


1 year
  • The theological foundations of Christian Counseling
  • The development of the human personality
  • Social interaction and communication
  • Human sexuality: theological and psychological perspectives
  • Training “Basic principles of rational emotional-behavioral therapy”


2 year
  • Psychopathology
  • Counseling and psychotherapy for children and adolescents
  • Practical Christian counseling
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder, abuse and violence


3 year


  • Structure, dynamics and management of group counseling
  • Marriage and family counseling
  • Diagnosis and evaluation
  • Organization and management in centers of practical aid
  • Additional course for church ministers: “Pastoral counseling”


“Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus”.

Philippians 2:5 NASB