Course Description & Program Design
Two Program Formats of the same cost, curriculum, and professors:
- On-Campus (15-week evening courses during the Fall/Spring semesters)
- Evening Fall/Spring classes for On-Campus students meet once a week for two hours at a time, on either a Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, or Thursday evening from 5:30pm-7:20 pm or 7:30pm-9:20pm.
- Distance-Hybrid (15-week online courses during the Summer with required attendance for class on-campus for 1–2 weeks in July and 15-week online courses during the Fall/Spring)
- Summer classes for Distance-Hybrid students occur 5 days a week for one week at the end of July, either from 8:30am-12:25pm or 1:45pm-5:40pm. Two weeks of classes are offered every summer and two classes can be taken each week, with a maximum of four classes that can be taken each summer. A total of 8 classes (2 Summers minimum) must be completed in the Summer in-person format for degree completion. Students must also defend their thesis research in-person the day before graduation of their final semester for the BC598 Thesis Research class.
- Online Fall/Spring classes for Distance-Hybrid students require no attendance for class lectures, but students will watch pre-recorded lectures weekly and turn in assignments accordingly.
The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling is awarded to students who successfully fulfill the requirements of the following courses (see our Degree Progress Tracker for our prescribed order of the courses):
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 Psychologies (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)
ONE ELECTIVE COURSE
The student will take one additional elective course (2 credit hours), related to his or her specific research or counseling methodology interests. Elective class offerings vary from semester to semester. For a list of some of the elective classes we have offered, please consult our Class Listings page.
*Every student graduating from the MABC program will have completed all requirements for certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), by nature of those requirements seamlessly woven into the curriculum of required courses.
The MABC is a 2-year program for full-time students, but can be completed in 3-6 years for part-time students. The flexible format includes both distance and local options.PROGRAM FORMATS
Courses are taught by our faculty who have decades of counseling, pastoral, and classroom experience.COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
Our flexible and affordable tuition structure keeps costs low, and also allows access to scholarships and financial aid.TUITION INFO