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to live in obedience to Him, people whose main concern in life is to exalt Him and bring glory to His name. They are

people who believe that, since God did not spare 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 (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 length may 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 “full-time” 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.

MASTER OF ARTS IN BIBLICAL COUNSELING

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

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