Biblical Counseling

Biblical Counseling

Do you desire to be a wise counselor? Are you in full-time ministry, or perhaps a different vocation, but want to be a more effective communicator of biblical counsel for those struggling with sin?

If so, consider Maranatha’s Baptist Biblical Counseling Master’s degree. The curriculum includes practical courses in topics such as crisis counseling and addictive behavior, while providing a solid foundation of biblical and theological courses from which to build practical applications. The program is now offered in both traditional and summer formats.

  • Acquainted with classic theology, as well as current trends in theology
  • Seeking a spiritually fervent life of ministry
  • Competent to discern current trends, particularly in the area of Biblical Counseling, and their relationship to biblical truth
  • Faithful to the Holy Spirit’s work through God’s Word in his or her personal life and ministry
  • Desirous of ministry of counseling in a church, youth, campus, or missions setting
  • Capable of further training in Biblical Counseling by developing the research and communication skills and the foundational knowledge of Biblical Counseling necessary to successfully pursue additional graduate studies

Available in traditional and summer formats!

In addition to the traditional semester format, Maranatha Baptist Seminary offers the opportunity to earn a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling in a summer module format.  You can earn a degree in just two summers with online courses and module courses offered in June each year.

“This will really appeal to school teachers and administrators, and to students working as graduate assistants during the school year,” said Dr. Larry Oats, Dean of the Seminary. “Some classes can be taken online, some can be taken in summer modules, and, if possible, they may even combine those hours with traditional classes taken on campus.”

“The opportunity to earn a master’s degree in two summers, even though they will be very busy summers, plus online will be a good, practical option for a lot of people,” Oats said.


  • A minimum of 34 semester hours of approved credit must be completed for this degree.
  • The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an approved institution must be held by the applicant.
  • No more than 12 semester hours of graduate credit from another institution may be applied toward this degree.
  • A grade point average of 3.0 or better must be earned. A maximum of two C grades will be credited toward graduation.
  • Applicants may be required to make up deficiencies without credit in any of the departments at the discretion of the Academic Senate.


Old Testament

Old Testament 
GOT514 Biblical Theology of the Old Testament3
GOT521 Old Testament Backgrounds3
GOT525 Holy Land Tour2
GOT528 Exposition of Pentateuch3
GOT530 Exposition of the Major Prophets3
GOT532 Exposition of Daniel2
GOT535 Exposition of the Minor Prophets3
GOT540 Exposition of Job3
Required Hours:3

New Testament

New Testament 
GNT515 Biblical Theology of the New Testament3
GNT520 New Testament Backgrounds3
GNT529 Exposition of the Gospels3
GNT530 Exposition of Pastoral Epistles3
GNT556 Exposition of Revelation3
Required Hours:3

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology 
Required Classes:
GST510 Prolegomena1
GST520 Dispensationalism and Dispensational Hermeneutics3
Elective Classes:
GST611 ST 1 - Bibliology and Theology Proper2
GST612 ST 2 - Christology and Pneumatology3
GST613 ST 3 - Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology3
GST614 ST 4 - Eschatology, Angelology and Ecclesiology3
Required Hours:9

Historical Theology

Historical Theology 
(This requirement is waived for women students and for men who took Baptist History or Church History in college)
Required Classes (take one of the following):
GHI608 Baptist History3
GHI628 History of Christianity3
Elective Classes:
GHI515 American Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism3
GHI548 History of Baptist Missions3
Required Hours:3

Biblical Counseling

Biblical Counseling 
Required Classes:
GBC503 Methods of Biblical Change2
GBC513 Counseling Problems and Procedures2
GBC535 Crisis Counseling2
GBC537 Marriage and Family Counseling2
GBC580 Biblical Counseling Seminar2
GBC582 Biblical Counseling Practicum2
Elective Classes:
GBC501 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Counseling2
GBC540 Counseling Addictive Behavior2
GBC550 Proverbs and Counseling2
Required Hours:14

Any seminary course qualifies as a general elective.

General Elective Hours:1
Total Hours Required:33