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Explore Regent's online PhD in Counseling and Psychological Studies – Grief Counseling program.

Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies – Grief Counseling

Help Others Cope With Grief

Do you desire to help others overcome the pain associated with loss? The Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies – Grief Counseling prepares you for a career in mental health counseling, research, education, and psychological science. You’ll examine models of inner healing, forgiveness, critical incidents, crisis management, and community trauma and disaster. This degree is for the scholar seeking to impact the culture beyond the Ph.D. counseling arena who doesn’t need professional accreditation.

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Competently Address All Phases of Grief

Review research, theory, and models of bereavement, factors that complicate and help with grief, and techniques of grief counseling.

Gain Field Experience

Strengthen your skills through 150 hours of preapproved on-site experience and human services work.

Empower Your Career

Gain doctoral credentials to increase your opportunities and help you stand out in your field.

Presented from a Christian worldview, coursework is offered online and supported by award-winning faculty in Virginia Beach and beyond.

To learn more about this program, please complete the Request Information form on this page.

Through this Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies – Grief Counseling degree you will:

  • Learn to identify the stages of grief and techniques to facilitate acceptance and hope.
  • Develop advanced intervention strategies while participating in supportive caregiving and bereavement coaching.
  • Gain a solid foundation in research methods through the presentation of your dissertation.

Career Opportunities

  • University Faculty/Leadership
  • Researcher/Writer
  • Mental Health Services Executive
  • Grief & Bereavement Program Director
  • Recovery Care Administrator
  • Chaplaincy Leader/Consultant
14%
Projected employment growth for psychologists from 2018-28 (much faster than average) U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2019

A review of the research, theory, and models of grief and bereavement across all phases of the grief process. Exploration of factors that complicate and help with grief will occur. Basic approaches and techniques of competent grief counseling will be covered. Cross-listed with HSC 565.

Explores ministry-based responses to grief and bereavement. Pastoral counseling and mental health models designed for ministry contexts will be examined. Particular attention will be given to the spiritual challenges and resources that can impact grieving and its outcomes. Cross-listed with HSC 566.

Combined reflection and analysis of an applied field experience with course-based discussion of the integration of Christianity and human service work. Students must obtain a total of 150 hours of pre-approved on-site experience, including 50 contact hours in human services work with identifiable client/participants. Cross-listed with PAC 596 & HSC 596.

Continuation of Models & Strategies with more advanced lay counseling intervention strategies, techniques, and supportive care-giving activities. Examines such topics as models of inner healing and forgiveness, critical incidents and crisis counseling, community trauma and disaster, chaplaincy issues, and stress/burnout issues. Presents a multicultural focus as it relates to intervention strategies and ministry. Cross-listed with PAC 561 & HSC 561.

Application Deadlines:

Spring: December 1 | Summer: March 1 | Fall: July 1

All application materials, including in progress transcripts, test scores, etc. must be submitted to the Admissions Office by the deadline to be considered for the program.

Prerequisites:

Ph.D. applicants must:

  • Hold a regionally accredited 30 hour master’s degree in a mental health field, such as counseling, psychology, social work or pastoral ministry. Completed coursework should include, but is not limited, to the following: research or statistics, counseling skills, ethics and group counseling, or family systems.
  • Have a minimum of a 3.5 GPA in your graduate level coursework.
  • Have at least one year of experience in a mental health field (highly desirable).
  • International Applicants who have studied at institutions outside of the United States, will need to submit a course by course evaluation showing the completion of a regionally accredited graduate degree.

Admissions Process:

Step 1: Application
Submit your application using our Regent University Online Application.

Step 2: Application Fee
Pay the nonrefundable $50 application fee by check or money order mailed to Regent University, Enrollment Support Services, 1000 Regent University Drive, Virginia Beach, VA 23464.

Step 3: Complete an Academic Background Questionnaire

Step 4: Resume or CV
Submit a resume or curriculum vitae. Please email to your admissions counselor at apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces.

Step 5: Unofficial Transcripts
We are able to examine and view your unofficial transcripts from U.S.-based schools, which indicate successful completion of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs, in order to review you for an admissions decision. Please submit your unofficial transcript to our Admissions Office by email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces.

Non-U.S. transcripts must be evaluated by an NACES-approved company. For further details, please review the International Admissions Checklist on the International Students Admissions page.

International Applicants: Please visit the International Students Admissions page for a more detailed explanation of the Regent University application information and to determine whether or not you qualify as an international student.

*Upon conditional acceptance to the program by review of unofficial transcripts, Regent University’s Admissions Office will attempt to obtain your official transcripts from your U.S. degree-granting institutions, which indicate successful completion of bachelor’s and master’s degree programs. We will notify you if your previous institutions will not release transcripts directly to us.

Step 6: Graduate Academic Paper
Please submit an APA formatted academic writing sample from your completed Master’s Degree which will be relevant to the field of Mental Health. Your submission needs to be at least five pages in length (preferably research based) and with at least five scholarly references. Email to apply@regent.edu using the subject line: SPC Doctoral Application Pieces or fax to 757.352.4725.

Step 7: Government-Issued ID
To ensure academic integrity, Regent University requires a copy of a government-issued ID. Please email a scanned copy or photograph of it to apply@regent.edu with the subject line: Government ID.

Step 8: Online Interview
Interviews for this Ph.D. program are completed for each applicant after all above mentioned items have been submitted. Participation in this online Skype or phone interview is mandatory as a portion of the application review process. It is expected that the candidate will be willing to discuss personal history within the interview process.

Both local and international student applicants should allow at least 2-3 weeks for an admission decision to be made once the applicant has submitted all required documents to the appropriate offices and has followed all processes and procedures required for an admission decision.


All forms related to application to the Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies program may be requested through the School of Psychology & Counseling Admissions Office. Please feel free to contact the Office of Admissions at 757.352.4498 or psycounadmissions@regent.edu should you have any further questions about the application process.

Note: All items submitted as part of the application process become the property of Regent University and cannot be returned.

Part Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,57030$17,850
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,57030$17,850
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,05039$26,325
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6503$1,95051$33,150
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,62566$57,750
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,35530$17,850
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,35530$17,850
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,07539$26,325
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,05051$34,425
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,25066$57,750
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500124$108,500

Part Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5956$3,57030$17,850
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5956$3,57030$17,850
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6756$4,05039$26,325
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7106$4,26060$42,600
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6503$1,95051$33,150
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8753$2,62566$57,750
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)Full time enrollment is required.

Full Time

DegreeCost per Credit HourAvg. # of Credits per SemesterTuition Cost per SemesterTotal CreditsTuition Cost for Program
Master of Arts in Human Services (MA)$5959$5,35530$17,850
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MA)$5959$5,35530$17,850
Master of Science in Psychology (MS)$6759$6,07539$26,325
Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Master of Arts in School Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Master of Arts in Marriage, Couple & Family Counseling (MA)$7109$6,39060$42,600
Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling & Psychological Studies (PhD)$6756$4,05051$34,425
Doctor of Philosophy in Counselor Education & Supervision (PhD)$8756$5,25066$57,750
Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology (PsyD)$87512$10,500124$108,500

*Rates are subject to change at any time.

Estimated Cost of Attendance: View the estimated cost of attendance to see an example of the total cost of tuition and fees.

“If you are focused, determined, willing to put in the work and make sacrifices, anyone can do this. I give all praise to God. Keep going no matter what.”

Antonio Tuck, M.A. in Counseling, 2020 Human Services Professional

“I wanted a rigorous doctoral program that could travel with me wherever I was in the country. I found this and more at Regent.”

Heather Paessler-Chesterton, Ph.D., 2009 Counselor Education and Supervision

“Regent opened up so many opportunities for further training and further education.”

Melanie Mosbarger, M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling, 2016

“Regent University is a place where you'll be involved. There are so many opportunities through Regent that, if you're willing to go there, you're going to be afforded the opportunities.”

Toni Gines-Rivera, Ph.D., 2010 Counselor Education and Supervision

“Two degrees down, one to go! So happy to have completed my master’s in psychology!”

Ally Duggins, M.S. in Psychology, 2020 Co-Founder, Willow House Media