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 the Seminary's Biblical Counseling 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.
- 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 from a Distance or On Campus. The entire program may be completed at a distance or on campus; read more about our delivery options!
- Distance Delivery. Take distance classes in 8-week sessions with no required attendance or in live full-semester virtual classes (all students must take at least 2 live classes, either virtually or on campus).
- Seminar. The required Biblical Counseling Seminar course is done through in-person attendance at a conference in Indiana, introducing students to a practical resource for counseling information while enabling the student to glean instruction in a relevant counseling track of their choice.
- Internship. Students then arrange their Biblical Counseling Internship in a ministry setting that allows the student to grow and develop in practical counseling situations under an university approved mentor.
- A minimum of 33 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.
Students must complete courses distributed among the following requirements:
|GBC503 Methods of Biblical Change||2|
|GBC513 Counseling Problems and Procedures||2|
|GBC535 Crisis Counseling||2|
|GBC537 Marriage and Family Counseling||2|
|GBC580 Biblical Counseling Seminar||2|
|GBC582 Biblical Counseling Practicum||2|
|GBC501 Theology and Practice of Pastoral Counseling*||2|
|GBC540 Counseling Addictive Behavior||2|
|GBC550 Proverbs and Counseling||2|
|GBC560 Counseling Survivors of Abuse||2|
|*Men students only|
|GOT514 Biblical Theology of the Old Testament||3|
|GOT521 Old Testament Backgrounds||3|
|GOT525 Holy Land Tour||3|
|GOT528 Exposition of Pentateuch||3|
|GOT532 Exposition of Daniel Prophets||3|
|GOT534 Exposition of the Major||3|
|GOT535 Exposition of the Minor Prophets||3|
|GOT540 Exposition of Job||3|
|GOT 541 Exposition of Psalms||3|
|GOT 543 Exposition of Proverbs||2|
|GNT515 Biblical Theology of the New Testament||3|
|GNT520 New Testament Backgrounds||3|
|GNT529 Exposition of the Gospels||3|
|GNT530 Exposition of Pastoral Epistles||3|
|GNT 532 Exposition of First Corinthians||3|
|GNT 533 Exposition of Galatians||3|
|GNT 534 Exposition of Hebrews||3|
|GNT 540 Exposition of Acts||3|
|GNT556 Exposition of Revelation|
|GST520 Dispensationalism and Dispensational Hermeneutics||3|
|GST 613 ST 3 Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology||3|
|Take one of the following classes:|
|GST611 ST 1 - Bibliology and Theology Proper||2|
|GST612 ST 2 - Christology and Pneumatology||3|
|GST614 ST 4 - Eschatology, Angelology and Ecclesiology||3|
|GST 530 Apologetics and Worldviews||3|
|GST 600 Theological Systems||3|
|GST 620 Contemporary Theology||3|
|GST 720 Reformation Theology||3|
|GST 721 History of Baptist Theology||3|
|(This requirement may be waived for women students. It is waived for men who took Baptist History or Church History in college)|
|Required Classes (take one of the following two classes):|
|GHI608 Baptist History||3|
|GHI628 History of Christianity||3|
|GHI515 American Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism||3|
|GHI548 History of Baptist Missions||3|
|General Elective Hours:||1|
|Total Hours Required:||33|