Biblical Counseling (MA)

Students learning about 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 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.

Objectives
  • 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
Delivery Method
  • 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.

Requirements

  • 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:

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 Counseling*2
GBC540 Counseling Addictive Behavior2
GBC550 Proverbs and Counseling2
GBC560 Counseling Survivors of Abuse2
Required Hours:14
*Men students only

Old Testament

Old Testament 
GOT514 Biblical Theology of the Old Testament3
GOT521 Old Testament Backgrounds3
GOT525 Holy Land Tour3
GOT528 Exposition of Pentateuch3
GOT532 Exposition of Daniel Prophets3
GOT534 Exposition of the Major 3
GOT535 Exposition of the Minor Prophets3
GOT540 Exposition of Job3
GOT 541 Exposition of Psalms3
GOT 543 Exposition of Proverbs2
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
GNT 532 Exposition of First Corinthians3
GNT 533 Exposition of Galatians3
GNT 534 Exposition of Hebrews3
GNT 540 Exposition of Acts 3
GNT556 Exposition of Revelation
Required Hours:3

Systematic Theology

Systematic Theology 
Required Classes:
GST510 Prolegomena1
GST520 Dispensationalism and Dispensational Hermeneutics3
GST 613 ST 3 Anthropology, Hamartiology, and Soteriology3
Take one of the following classes:
GST611 ST 1 - Bibliology and Theology Proper2
GST612 ST 2 - Christology and Pneumatology3
GST614 ST 4 - Eschatology, Angelology and Ecclesiology3
Elective Classes:
GST 530 Apologetics and Worldviews3
GST 600 Theological Systems3
GST 620 Contemporary Theology 3
GST 720 Reformation Theology 3
GST 721 History of Baptist Theology3
Required Hours:9

Historical Theology

Historical Theology** 
(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 History3
GHI628 History of Christianity3
Elective Classes:
GHI515 American Fundamentalism and Evangelicalism3
GHI548 History of Baptist Missions3
Required Hours:3

Electives (any Seminary course)

General Elective Hours:1
Total Hours Required:33