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PROCTOR REQUIREMENTS

All Quizzes and Exams in Graduate Studies Biblical Counseling programs require a proctor who meets the following qualifications (unless the exam is taken on-campus during class; i.e. on-campus students only):

  • Must be an educator, church leader or staff member of a church or educational institution.
  • Must not be a relative (blood or marriage), close friend, roommate, colleague or business partner of the student
  • Must be at least 21 years of age.
  • Must subscribe to standards of honesty and integrity.
  • Chairman of the Biblical Studies Department or Professors reserve the right at their discretion to disapprove proctors even if they meet the preceding specifications.
  • Must provide contact information and be available to discuss the testing process with a staff member from the Graduate Studies Office in the event any verification of the testing procedure, if required.

ACADEMIC PROBATION

Academic Probation is a status assigned to students who do not meet satisfactory academic requirements as defined by the policies below. It is a procedure that helps the Graduate Studies faculty and staff monitor the student’s progress in the program and come alongside those who may need greater assistance to improve their academic skills. Students will only be placed on Academic Probation one semester at a time. Students who satisfactorily improve their academic results during the semester of academic probation will be taken off academic probation for the following semester. Students who are unable to satisfactorily improve their academic results during the semester of academic probation may be placed on academic probation for another semester or asked to take a leave of absence from studies, as deemed by the Graduate Studies administration.

  • Beginning Student Academic Probation Policy: For entrance into the Graduate Studies program, prospective students must academically demonstrate a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate studies, provide a satisfactory educator recommendation, and supply a writing sample that demonstrates competency for graduate level writing and research. For those who do not meet this qualification, the Admissions Committee reserves the right to place such students on academic probation at the start of the program or deny such students admittance to the program.

  • Current Student Academic Probation Policy: Current students in the Graduate Studies program should maintain a GPA of 3.0 or higher and a grade of ‘C’ or higher for each class they take every semester. Students who do meet these standards in a given semester may be placed on academic probation for the following semester. Any class in which the student earns a ‘C-‘ or lower will need to be retaken before graduation.

ADVANCED STANDING

Because of the Graduate Studies program’s unique curriculum and emphasis on biblical counseling and the sufficiency of Scripture to handle all soul-related problems, it is not common for students to receive advanced standing from other graduate schools of study, even if the student majored in psychology, Christian Counseling, or biblical studies. Furthermore, Re-Admit students must be advised that readmission to the program does not guarantee that all previous courses taken in the Graduate Studies will receive advanced standing toward their degree. Rather, because curriculum can change over the years, the Graduate Studies administration may require students to retake some classes for graduation. If a student has not been active in the program for 10 years or more, the Graduate Studies administration reserves the right to require the student to retake all his or her courses to graduate.

ACTIVE STUDENT STATUS

In order for Graduate Biblical Counseling students to remain active in the program, students cannot stop taking classes for more than 3 consecutive semesters. Students who do not enroll in courses for 4 consecutive semesters will become inactive students and will need to reapply to return to the program. For any semester in which students do not take classes when they are eligible to do so (or when advised by their adviser), a semester continuation fee may be applied to the student’s bill to remain active as a student in the program.

GRADUATION

To successfully graduate from the Graduate Studies program, students must earn a ‘C’ or higher in every required class (including the student’s elective course). Furthermore, students must complete their studies in the program in no more than 18 academic semesters (approximately 6 years; a semester is added to the total even if the student does not take a class that semester). For re-admit students, the 18 semesters reset when the student becomes inactive and returns to the program. Failure to complete the program in 18 semesters will result in an annual fee encouraging the student to complete the program promptly. The Admissions Committee also reserves the right in such instances to have the student retake all his or her courses in the program to graduate.

PROGRAM DETAILS

2 YEARS

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

17 CLASSES

Courses are taught by our faculty who have decades of counseling, pastoral, and classroom experience.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

$970/CLASS

Our flexible and affordable tuition structure keeps costs low, and also allows access to scholarships and financial aid.

TUITION INFO

DO I QUALIFY?

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ELIGIBILITY

WHAT IS THE ADMISSIONS PROCESS?

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ADMISSIONS

WHAT ARE THE MABC POLICIES?

Read our Graduate Biblical Counseling student body policies.

POLICIES
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