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Program Outline

The M.A. in Biblical Counseling is a 34 credit hour graduate degree program, designed to allow students to pursue in-depth training in Biblical Counseling.

Course Formats

Courses are pursued through a combination of on-campus and distance education courses. The program is designed to give students maximum flexibility in progressing through the degree while also strategically offering instruction in the format best suited for effective educational training--serving both distance and local students. With these available formats, the entire degree may be earned without relocating to Southern California, although local students may experience additional mentoring because of their proximity to campus and additional ministry connections with the faculty.

Courses which are only offered on-campus--because of their unique advantage in a traditional classroom setting--may be pursued either through weekly meetings (courses meeting once a week for a 15-week period), or through intensive meetings (courses which meet intensively for 1 week on campus in July and from a distance the rest of the term--formerly known as our "Summer Intensive Program").

Weekly courses are designed to serve residents of the greater Los Angeles area especially or others who are able to move to the area. Courses are held in the evenings Mondays through Thursdays, allowing students to continue to work in their present occupations and ministries while completing their degree program.

Intensive courses (available only during the Summer term) are designed to serve distance students especially, those in various parts of the world who are entrenched in their current ministries and without the ability to relocate to Southern California. Courses extend from May to August, but intensive lectures and classroom dialogue are conducted in a single week period always scheduled during the last two weeks of July. Preparatory and follow-up studies surround the intensive week. Students are encouraged to take four courses each summer (which include two weeks of intensive class meetings) in order to complete the on-campus requirement in 2 years. Each student will present his master’s thesis to the faculty and fellow students on-campus during the week of graduation, which is always held at the beginning of May. 

Program Framework

The M.A. in Biblical Counseling is awarded to students who succesfully fulfill the requirements of the following courses.

Pre-Requisite Course (Credits)

  • BC090 Introduction to MABC Studies (0)

Required Courses (Credits)

  • BC501: Introduction to Biblical Counseling (2)
  • BC502: Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor (2)
  • BC503: Methods of Biblical Change (2)
  • BC506: Theology & The Pyschologies (2)
  • BC511: Theological Basis of Biblical Counseling (2)
  • BC521: Problems & Procedures (2)
  • BC531: Hermeneutics (2)
  • BC532: Advanced Hermeneutics (2)
  • BC542: Marriage & Family Counseling (2)
  • BC556: ACBC Membership Seminar (2)
  • BC557: Counseling & Physiology (2)
  • BC560: Biblical Conflict Resolution (2)
  • BC580: Counseling Observation & Practicum (2)
  • BC592: Counseling Internship (2)
  • BC593: Advanced Counseling Internship (2)
  • BC598: Thesis Research (2)

Elective Course (Credits)

The student will take an additional elective course, related to his specific research or counseling methodology interests. 

Suggested Schedule for Degree Progress

Distance Students

Year 1

Summer

Fall

Spring

 

  • BC501
  • BC531
  • BC511
  • BC503
  • BC542
  • BC560
  • BC506
  • BC557

 

Total: 4 courses; 8 credits

Total: 2 courses; 4 credits

Total: 2 courses; 4 credits

Year 2

Summer

Fall

Spring

 

  • BC532
  • BC502
  • BC521
  • BC580
  • BC556
  • BC592
  • BC598
  • BC593
  • Elective

 

Total: 4 courses; 8 credits

Total: 3 courses; 6 credits

Total: 2 courses; 4 credits

 

Local Students

Year 1

 

Fall

Spring

 

 

  • BC501
  • BC531
  • BC511
  • BC503
  • BC512
  • BC502
  • BC521
  • BC580

 

 

Total: 4 courses; 8 credits

Total: 4 courses; 8 credits

Year 2

Summer

Fall

Spring

 

  • BC506
  • BC542
  • BC556
  • BC592
  • BC598
  • BC560
  • BC557
  • BC593
  • Elective

 

Total: 3 courses; 6 credits

Total: 3 courses; 6 credits

Total: 3 courses; 6 credits