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Advanced Standing

Any graduate from TMU’s undergraduate biblical counseling major is immediately eligible for four (4) credits of

advanced standing in the program. The department also reserves the privilege to award fourteen (14) credits of advanced

standing in the program based upon an evaluation of previous study and experience. Students awarded advanced

standing will be waived credits on selected program requirements. Advanced standing is not guaranteed and will be

decided on an individual basis at the discretion of the program director and Biblical Counseling Department chairperson.

Course Offerings in MABC

BC090 Introduction to MABC Studies (0)

This course serves as an introduction to studies in the M.A. in Biblical Counseling program, including exposure to the

tools and expectations of a graduate student in the program. Through the course, students will also complete the

elements of prerequisite courses as assigned through the admissions process.

BC501 Introduction to Biblical Counseling (2)

This course offers a general introduction to basic concepts and distinctive features of biblical counseling. Students will

discuss what biblical counseling is and what it involves, the role of the counselor in biblical counseling, the different

kinds of counseling that are needed, the place of counseling in the ministry of the church, and how biblical counseling

theory and practice relate to and differ from some of the more common secular models and theories. Part of the course

will involve a personal improvement project in which the student will evaluate his/her own counseling qualifications,

design a plan for improving some area of his/her life, put that plan into action, and then evaluate his/her progress as

the course draws to a close.

BC502 Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor (2)

This course will help the student to understand the Christlike character and functional qualities of the

discipler/counselor. The course will also provide the environment for self-examination for present and future growth,

both in his/her personal walk with Jesus Christ and as a skilled biblical counselor.

BC503 Methods of Biblical Change (2)

This course provides an overview of the counseling process, presenting a comprehensive methodological model for

promoting biblical change in people. The goal of this course is to encourage biblical thinking and procedures in the

process of helping people.

BC506 Theology and the Psychologies (2)

This course is designed to critically analyze secular and evangelical integrationist theories of psychotherapy in a

theological context, emphasizing the uniqueness of divine revelation for ontological and epistemological positions and

worldview. It will probe the anthropological presuppositions of treatment theory and seek to bring a thoroughly biblical

critique to their foundational assumptions and methodology. Issues like theories of the subconscious, psychoanalytic

approaches to personality, establishing norms, psychological testing, making the distinction between the normal and

abnormal, major and mood disorders, schizophrenia, and multiple personality disorders are among the psychological

constructs and their popular theoreticians that will be explored.

BC511 Theological Basis of Counseling (2)

This course offers a consideration of the theological realities that form the basis of a proper approach to counseling.

Special emphasis is given to the nature of God and of man (fallen and unfallen), a biblical definition of the image of

God, the nature of sin, the realities of regeneration and progressive sanctification, the concept of “the flesh” (old

man/new man), an understanding of the heart/mind as used in Scripture, and the place of the local church in the

ministry of counseling.

BC518 Counseling from Proverbs (2)

This course is an expositional study of the book of Proverbs with its special relevance to counseling.