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)


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.


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.


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.


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.


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)
BC510 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.
BC511 Common Counseling Issues II (Prerequisites: BC505, BC506, BC509) This course addresses the following counseling issues: eating disorders, adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse, and aging.
BC512 Marriage and Family Counseling(Prerequisites: BC505, BC507, BC509) An examination of family problems including marriage, parenting, financial issues, and pre-marital counseling.
BC513 Advanced Counseling Issues (Prerequisites: BC505, BC506, BC507, BC508, BC509, BC510) 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)
BC611 Counseling Lab (Prerequisite: 27 Credit hours competed) This course helps students learn counseling skills through the use of life counseling, role-play, and peer evaluation.
BC701 Supervised Counseling (Prerequisite: 21 Credit hours competed) Requires 30 hours of supervised counseling in order to demonstrate competence in a counseling setting.
BC702 Written and Oral Exam (Prerequisite: BC701) Student will complete the written and oral exams required to graduate from the MABC
BC800 Master’s Thesis Project (Prerequisite: BC702) 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.
Preferred MABC Sequence

Below is the preferred sequence for all MABC classes. However, since not every class is offer every semester, FBS understands that completing the below sequence in order can be difficult. Exceptions will be made on an individual basis and at FBS’ discretion. However, several classes have pre-requisites that FBS will not consider changing except in extreme circumstances. Additionally, FBS will offer online classes between August and November to aid in completion.

BC611: Students must complete 15 or more credits before being eligible for this class

BC701: Students must complete 21 or more credits to enroll in this class

BC702: Students must complete BC701.

BC800: Student must have complete all prior course work (33 credits and BC702)

Course Course Type Course Time
Year 1
BC505: Introduction to Biblical Counseling Online Summer
BC506: Principles of Bible Study Online Winter
BC509: Spiritual Formation and Self Counsel Module Summer
Year 2
BC507: Theology of Biblical Counseling Online Winter
BC509: Methods of Biblical Change Online Summer
BC510: Common Counseling Issues I Module Winter
BC512: Marriage and Family Counseling Module Summer
Year 3
BC511: Common Counseling Issues II Online Winter
BC513: Advanced Counseling Issues Module Summer
BC611: Counseling Lab Module Winter
Year 4
BC701: Supervised Counseling Practicum Independent N/A
BC702: Oral and Written Exam Independent N/A
BC800: Master’s Thesis Project Independent N/A