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In order to be considered for enrollment to the Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC) program at The Master’s University (TMU), the following eligibility requirements must be met by the applicant. Meeting these requirements does not guarantee the applicant will be accepted into the program. The administration and faculty of the university reserve the right to withdraw the privilege of enrollment or to place a student on probation if, after enrollment, the student proves to be lacking in these qualifications.
An individual must meet the following requirements to be admitted to TMU’s MABC degree program:
*No formal Bible or Biblical Counseling training is necessary. For questions regarding transfer/advanced standing of classes, see our Admissions page.
The following documents must be submitted in order to apply to The Master’s University:
*Official transcripts refer to transcripts that are (1) sent using a safe method of transference directly from the institution, such as a secure online portal or a sealed envelope through the mail, and (2) unopened and reviewed by you or anyone else. Most institutions can send transcripts using one of these two methods. See “Reach out to Your Institutions for Official Transcripts” on our Admissions page for more information.
Students may be eligible to receive advanced standing (i.e. transfer credit) in the program if they have taken courses in other academic settings that is deemed sufficiently comparable to the curriculum of certain classes in the MABC program. Considering the MABC 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 based on coursework from other graduate schools, even if the student majored in psychology, Christian Counseling, or biblical studies. Nevertheless, the following types of incoming students commonly receive some measure of advanced standing…
Those who have received ACBC certification more than one year prior to starting the MABC program are eligible for advanced standing. Such applicants typically receive advanced standing for the following courses in the table below.
Those who have been certified for less than one year prior to starting the MABC program may be required to take these courses and/or additional electives that will assist them in gaining the necessary experience, knowledge, and supervision in training as a biblical counselor.
Those who have been certified for more than one year prior to starting the MABC program but have not been actively counseling or involved in biblical counseling ministry may also be required to take these courses to ensure adequate preparation for biblical counseling ministry.
Those who have started but have not completed ACBC Certification prior to starting the MABC program, should not continue to pursue ACBC Certification outside of the MABC program. ACBC Certification is an integral part of the MABC curriculum and the requirements for both the degree and certification are combined into a single course of study.
Students are recommended for ACBC Certification when they complete the MABC program, and are encouraged, but not required, to attend the annual ACBC Conference following successful completion of the MABC program and following approval of their application for certification, so that they may receive their ACBC Certificate in person.
|ACBC Phase||Graduate Class|
|ACBC Phase 1: Biblical Counseling Training||BC501 Introduction to Biblical Counseling|
|ACBC Phase 2: Theological & Counseling Exam||BC556 ACBC Membership Seminar|
|ACBC Phase 3: Counseling Supervision||BC592 Applied Soul Care I|
TMU undergraduate advanced standing is generally reserved for students who major in Biblical Studies with an emphasis in Biblical Counseling. However, other students may be accepted under certain circumstances. Undergraduate students can receive advanced standing for up to 3 classes in the MABC. The following courses are the only ones eligible for advanced standing, assuming the applicant has received at least a B grade or higher in each course…
|Undergraduate Class||Graduate Class|
|BC300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling||BC501 Introduction to Biblical Counseling|
|BC330 Methods of Biblical Counseling||BC503 Methods of Biblical Change|
|BC340 Marriage & Family||BC542 Marriage & Family Counseling|
There are currently 5 courses that a student from The Master’s Seminary can receive advanced standing for in the MABC program.
|The Master's Seminary||The Master's University (MABC)|
|PM512 Pastoral Counseling*||BC501 Introduction to Biblical Counseling|
|PM769 Advanced Biblical Counseling*||BC521 Problems & Procedures|
|BI505 Hermeneutics||BC531 Hermeneutics|
|PM768 Marriage & Family Counseling*||BC542 Marriage & Family Counseling|
|OT/NT___ (Exposition/Exegesis Elective)||BC___ (Elective)|
*Class must be taught by an ACBC fellow.
Former MABC students looking to be readmitted to finish the program may be eligible to receive advanced standing for courses they’ve already taken. Readmit students may receive advanced standing for anywhere between all or none of the courses they took in the program previously. The decision as to how many classes a readmit student receives advanced standing for will be made by the program director upon review of the student’s application.
Eligibility for advanced standing can only be officially determined when the Admissions Committee receives a student’s full application and reviews it for admission.
To be admitted into the MABC program, your institutions will need to be regionally accredited. Regional accreditation denotes a type of accreditation as authorized by the Council of Regional Accrediting Commissions (C-RAC). For your institution to be considered regionally accredited, your school must be accredited by one of the following 7 commissions governed by this council…
There are a few other accreditation commissions that qualify as regional accreditation, but they are rarer and give accreditation to special technical, vocational, and community colleges.
To see if your school is regionally accredited, you can search for your institution on the Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs (DAPIP) website (button below), and make sure your institution was accredited under one of the commissions above when you graduated from your institution. If the website is unclear or you are unsure, you can always reach out to your institution directly to find out their status of accreditation during the time you graduated.
The Master’s University is authorized under Federal law to enroll non-immigrant alien students. However, all such international students who plan to move to the United States and take classes in-person on an F-1 visa will only be able to take the program in-person for up to one continuous year and must start the program on a fall semester (not a spring or summer semester). The M.A. in Biblical Counseling program is not designed to accommodate a longer stay for such a student in the States or a different start semester due to regulations issued by the United States Department of Homeland Security. Any international student who wants to take all their classes exclusively online, or perhaps some classes on-campus during the two weeks each summer SIP is offered, will be exempt from these restrictions.
In addition to these initial qualifications, there a few additional requirements you may need to fulfill before you can start taking classes in the MABC program…
If your transcripts are from an institution outside of the United States, our office can check to see if your institution has already received official approval of evaluation by our institution. Our department will be contacted automatically about this when you start an application and add your international institution to it. If our office cannot find prior evidence of evaluation for your institution, you will need to have your transcripts evaluated to make sure your institution complies with our regional accreditation. At this moment, we do not have anyone on staff at The Master’s University who is trained to evaluate international transcripts. You will need to have your transcripts evaluated through a credible U.S. based third-party agency. Evaluations from international third-party agencies will not be accepted. Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE) is a good U.S. based evaluation agency you can use. If you decide to go with them, you must use their General with Grade Average service. Such a service unfortunately costs $130, but it is the cheapest evaluation service we have found that fulfills all the requirements to evaluate your transcripts for our purposes.
Applicants for whom English is a second language, must take a special exam to demonstrate your ability to read, write, and speak English adequately.
This step is mandatory for all international students unless one of the two scenarios applies to you:
(1) You have taken an ESL exam and received a high enough score according to our standards (TOEFL = 100 of higher / IELTS = 7 or higher).
(2) You have taken your undergraduate degree from an English-speaking institution.
Otherwise, you will need to take an ESL exam. You are welcome to take either a TOEFL or IELTS exam, or if you already have taken one of these exams before, you can submit documentation of either of these. A minimum score of 100 is required on the TOEFL exam and a minimum score of 7 is required on the IELTS. Your application will designate a place where you can upload or send us the results of your exam.
For the TOEFL exam, click here…
For the IELTS exam, click here…
You can take one or both of these exams as many times as you want. We recommend you take an English refresher class to help you prepare for these exams.
While all classroom instruction is conducted in English, the administration, faculty and staff attempt to be sensitive to the needs of our international students. Please contact us if you have any questions about this requirement.
If you are planning to join us in-person at any time for on-campus instruction, short-term or long-term, you will be required to file for an F-1 student visa after getting admitted into the MABC program. This includes filling out an I-20 request form, paying an I-901 SEVIS fee, and scheduling an appointment with your consulate to be granted approval to study in the States with us (click here and start with STEP 7 to see the full process). This process can take time and be quite a hassle, so please jump on this as early as you can once you’re admitted and be patient through the process. We will do our best to help you walk through this.
If you have questions about the F-1 visa process, please contact us.
Please contact us if you have any questions about the M.A. in Biblical Counseling program.
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