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Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling

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GRADUATE PROGRAMS

His own Son (from and on the cross) but delivered

Him up (to the cross and death) for us (on our behalf

and in our stead, as our substitute), He will freely

through Christ give us all that we need for effective

and productive living (for transforming us into the

very likeness of His Son in the totality of our being).

Biblical, Christian counselors also acknowledge the

role of the Holy Spirit in regenerating, saving, and

sanctifying the believer. Truly biblical counseling

is done by those whose theological convictions

influence, permeate, and control their personal lives

and their counseling theory and practice.

Bible-Centered Counseling

Truly biblical counseling is conscientiously and

comprehensively based on the Bible, deriving its

understanding of who man is, the nature of his

main problems, why he has these problems, and

how to resolve these problems from Scripture. In

other words, the counselor must be conscientiously

and comprehensively committed to the sufficiency

of Scripture for understanding and resolving all the

nonphysical personal and interpersonal sin-related

difficulties of man.

Church-Centered Counseling

Another distinguishing feature of truly biblical

counseling is that it will be conscientiously and

comprehensively church-centered. Scripture makes

it clear that the local church is the primary means by

which God accomplishes His work in the world. The

local church is His ordained instrument for calling the

lost to Himself and the context in which He sanctifies

and changes His people into the very likeness of

Christ. According to Scripture, the church is His

household, the pillar and support of the truth, and

the instrument He uses in helping His people to put

off the old manner of life and to put on the new self

(cf. 1 Timothy 3:15; Ephesians 4:1-32). Credibility in

counseling comes when it is done under the authority

of the church and its properly appointed leadership,

not from state licensure.

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.

Program Length

The program is optimally completed in two to four

years, but program lengthmay depend on the student’s

own schedule and external commitments. Typically,

students complete their course work over a two to

three year period, and their internship and research

in an additional year. The degree must be completed

within six years after first matriculating into the

program. Students who fail to complete all degree

requirements within the six year requirement must

make a formal appeal to the program Director and

Chairman of the Biblical Counseling Department.

Full/Part Time Student Status

Any student enrolled in 8 units or more is considered

to be “full-time” status for the Master of Arts in

Biblical Counseling. A student must be enrolled in

at least 4 units of graduate level classes to achieve

“part-time” status.

Program Requirements

The MABC is awarded to students who successfully

fulfill the requirements of 1 prerequisite course, 16

core courses, and 1 elective course.

Prerequisite Course:

BC090 Introduction to MABC Studies.......................0

Required Courses:

BC501 Introduction to Biblical Counseling................2 BC502 Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor...2 BC503 Methods of Biblical Change............................2 BC506 Theology & the Psychologies.........................2 BC511 Theological Basis of 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 and Practicum.........2 BC592 Counseling Internship.......................................2 BC593 Advanced Counseling Internship....................2 BC598 Thesis Research..................................................2

BC___ Elective Course..................................................2

Total units required for degree..................................................34

Remote Library Access

In order to facilitate research from off campus

locations, the College library provides remote access

MASTER OF ARTS IN BIBLICAL

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