Biblical Counseling, MA

Christ-Centered and Scripture-driven (33-41 Credits)

Our program is designed to equip you as a Word-filled, Spirit empowered disciple of Jesus Christ who is competent and compassionate in evangelism and assisting fellow believers in their progressive sanctification. You will learn how to engage in Christ-centered, Scripture-driven counseling in partnership with local church ministries. The classes give you a broad look at counseling and psychology from a thoroughly biblical perspective. You will learn to evaluate secular and Christian psychological theories biblically and objectively. You will gain a clear understanding of the sufficiency-of-Scripture model of biblical counseling. You will study important counseling topics such as depression, anxiety, trauma, finances, marriage and children, addictions, and grief from a biblical perspective. Most importantly, you will learn how to offer hope through the eternal truths found in the Bible to those who are perplexed, lost, and hurting. 

Biblical counselors know that living in a fallen world as fallen human beings introduces great suffering and challenge. Biblical counselors also recognize that some problems can be very complex, that they can, in fact, be caused by a genuine physical component and not by personal sin. Where a physical component is suspected, biblical counselors wisely invite competent medical professionals to diagnose and treat genuine organic etiology (for example, brain trauma, endocrine malfunction, tumor, disease, and infection). 

Biblical counselors, therefore, need a robust theology and practice of counseling that are grounded in the doctrines of progressive sanctification and Scripture’s sufficiency. In this master’s program, you will receive rigorous instruction from professors who not only have high academic credentials, but who counsel people from Scripture on a regular basis in their own counseling ministries.

Biblical Counseling Program

Those with an undergraduate biblical counseling degree will have advanced standing, requiring as little as 33 credits. The program includes two Practicum courses where your own counseling sessions are evaluated by certified counselors. Upon completion, you will qualify for an advanced ABC (Association of Biblical Counselors) certification and will be prepared for the following vocations:

  • Pastoral Staff
  • Biblical Counseling Centers
  • Urban Ministry Settings
  • Addiction Ministries
  • Various Social and Children’s Works

Class Options

  • RESIDENCE
  • LIVESTREAM
  • ONLINE
  • MODULE
  • EVENING FLEX

Residential courses extend over the Fall and Spring semesters with a break in the middle of each semester. To make these courses available for distance students, many classes are live-streamed. Because of the multiple class options, this degree is totally available from a distance and is designed to transfer flawlessly both from the Graduate Certificate in Biblical Counseling and into the Master of Divinity with a Biblical Counseling concentration. (Click icons for information.)

Residential, module, and evening flex classes are often live-streamed, making it possible for students to interact live with a classroom from virtually anywhere in the world. Because of the multiple class options, this degree is totally available from a distance and is designed to transfer flawlessly both from the Graduate Certificate in Biblical Counseling and into the Master of Divinity with a Biblical Counseling concentration.

Online courses allow the convenience of working in an asynchronous program, meaning that students do not typically meet at prescribed times; rather, most tasks take place on a week-by-week basis over the seven-week period. Because of the multiple class options, this degree is totally available from a distance and is designed to transfer flawlessly both from the Graduate Certificate in Biblical Counseling and into the Master of Divinity with a Biblical Counseling concentration.

Module weeks are offered during the Fall and Spring semesters and sometimes during the summer. Each module contains one week in residency, preceded and followed by six-weeks of distance course work. The one week in residency is often offered through live-stream as well. Because of the multiple class options, this degree is totally available from a distance and is designed to transfer flawlessly both from the Graduate Certificate in Biblical Counseling and into the Master of Divinity with a Biblical Counseling concentration.

Students with day jobs can take classes on Monday or Thursday evening. Five credits of class can be possible on both Monday and Thursday evenings, with two-credit classes meeting for one hour and three-credit classes meeting for two hours. Many of the classes are live-streamed as well. Because of the multiple class options, this degree is totally available from a distance and is designed to transfer flawlessly both from the Graduate Certificate in Biblical Counseling and into the Master of Divinity with a Biblical Counseling concentration.

Objectives

Each student will be able to:

  • Articulate and defend Christian doctrine in an organized fashion.
  • Apply the theological framework of progressive sanctification and sufficiency of Scripture as applied to specific biblical counseling problems and cases.
  • Employ a biblical methodology that facilitates change and growth in individuals to the glory of God.
  • Apply biblical solutions to multiple counseling situations ranging from anxiety to sexual abuse and trauma.
  • Apply biblical, ethical and legal responsibilities in the counseling context.
  • Critique integrationist counseling theories and methodologies from a biblical counseling perspective.
  • Utilize biblical and community resources to assist the individual in change and growth to the glory of God.