MABC Academics

The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program is a 36-credit hour curriculum that builds on foundation, theory, and practice to help graduates successfully apply their knowledge and to real life situations.

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There are three main categories of our counseling curriculum:

Foundation: 15 credit hours
Theory: 12 credit hours
Practice: 9 credit hours

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Course Descriptions

Each course is 3 credit hours

Counseling Foundations (15 hours)
BC 301 Introduction to Biblical Counseling Introduces the concept of biblical counseling and distinguishes biblical counseling from other types of counseling approaches and explains the basic tenets of biblical counseling and requirements in order to be a biblical counselor.
BC 302 Principles of Bible Study An explanation of the plot line of the Bible, crucial principles needed to interpret the Bible accurately, and how Bible study principles must be used to counsel with excellence.
BC 303 Theology of Biblical Counseling Evaluates theological concerns such as progressive sanctification, the Bible’s view of man/sin/fall, the importance of Christ (and the believers’ union with Christ), the church, and the role of the Holy Spirit with their impact on counseling philosophy.
BC 304 Methods of Biblical Change Provides a detailed explanation of the heart, helping students explain the process of biblical change as well as helping the student identify and facilitate biblical change in the counselee.
BC 305 Spiritual Formation and Self Counsel Helps students develop a more meaningful relationship to God and focuses on specifically applying the Word of God to areas of difficulty in the lives of the students.
Counseling Theory (12 hours)
BC 401 Common Counseling Issues I A careful examination of common counseling problems such as anger, worry, fear, or depression showing students how to discern the ways these attitudes are expressed and how to help the counselee respond biblically.
BC 402 Common Counseling Issues II This course addresses the following counseling issues: eating disorders, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and aging.
BC 403 Marriage and Family Counseling An examination of family problems including marriage, parenting, financial issues, and pre-marital counseling.
BC 404 Advanced Counseling Issues An examination of complex counseling subjects including; those in crisis (e.g. suicide), those with mental health diagnoses, and those struggling with addictions (e.g. alcohol) as well as explaining some of the partnering opportunities between churches/counseling ministries and residential treatment facilities.
Counseling Practice (9 hours)
BC 801 Counseling Lab This course helps students learn counseling skills through the use of role-play and peer evaluation.
BC 802 Supervised Counseling Practicum Requires 30 hours of supervised counseling in order to demonstrate competence in a counseling setting.
BC 901 Master’s Thesis Project A project consisting of (1) developing a plan for and completing a written thesis, (2) a written exam, and (3) an oral examination regarding a predetermined case study.