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.