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Program Outline

The M.A. in Biblical Counseling is a 34 credit hour graduate degree program, designed to allow students to pursue in-depth training in Biblical Counseling.

Course Formats

Courses are pursued through a combination of on-campus and distance education courses. The program is designed to give students maximum flexibility in progressing through the degree while also strategically offering instruction in the format best suited for effective educational training--serving both distance and local students. With these available formats, the entire degree may be earned without relocating to Southern California, although local students may experience additional mentoring because of their proximity to campus and additional ministry connections with the faculty.

Courses which are only offered on-campus--because of their unique advantage in a traditional classroom setting--may be pursued either through weekly meetings (courses meeting once a week for a 15-week period), or through intensive meetings (courses which meet intensively for 1 week on campus in July and from a distance the rest of the term--formerly known as our "Summer Intensive Program").

Weekly courses are designed to serve residents of the greater Los Angeles area especially or others who are able to move to the area. Courses are held in the evenings Mondays through Thursdays, allowing students to continue to work in their present occupations and ministries while completing their degree program.

Intensive courses (available only during the Summer term) are designed to serve distance students especially, those in various parts of the world who are entrenched in their current ministries and without the ability to relocate to Southern California. Courses extend from May to August, but intensive lectures and classroom dialogue are conducted in a single week period always scheduled during the last two weeks of July. Preparatory and follow-up studies surround the intensive week. Students are encouraged, but not required, to take four courses each summer (which include two weeks of intensive class meetings) in order to complete the on-campus requirement in 2 years. However, should the student desire to slow down his/her studies, he/she may progress through the program at a slower pace, but must complete the program in six years or less from the the first semester of classes. Toward the end of the program, each student will also present his master’s thesis to the faculty and fellow students on-campus during the week of graduation, which is always held at the beginning of May.

Program Length

The program is optimally completed in two to four years, but program length may depend on the student's own schedule and external commitments. Typically, students complete their course work over a two to three year period, and their internship and research in an additional year. The degree must be completed within six years of enrollment.

Program Framework

The M.A. in Biblical Counseling is awarded to students who succesfully fulfill the requirements of the following courses.

Required Courses (Credits)

  • BC501: Introduction to Biblical Counseling (2)
  • BC502: Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor (2)
  • BC503: Methods of Biblical Change (2)
  • BC506: Theology & The Psychologies (2)
  • BC511: Theological Basis of Biblical Counseling (2)
  • BC521: Problems & Procedures (2)
  • BC531: Hermeneutics (2)
  • BC532: Advanced Hermeneutics (2)
  • BC542: Marriage & Family Counseling (2)
  • BC556: ACBC Membership Seminar (2)*
  • BC557: Counseling & Physiology (2)
  • BC560: Biblical Conflict Resolution (2)
  • BC580: Counseling Observation & Practicum (2)
  • BC592: Counseling Internship (2)
  • BC593: Advanced Counseling Internship (2)
  • BC598: Thesis Research (2)

*Every student graduating from the MABC program will have completed all requirements for certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC), by nature of those requirements seamlessly woven into the curriculum of required courses.

Elective Course (Credits)

  • BC___: Elective Course of Choice (2)*

*The student will take an additional elective course, related to his specific research or counseling methodology interests. The student may also use this elective to write out his/her thesis research into a full thesis, if upon admission the student is permitted by the Admissions Committee to write a thesis.

Suggested Schedule for Degree Progress

Students who desire to begin the MABC during a different semester than prescribed below may do so, but the student must realize that he/she will be initially limited as to which courses he/she may take in the first couple of semesters. Moreover, students should be aware that some classes will assume the student's familiarity of previous content from courses that would normally be taken in the prescribed order. In this way, all students will be held to the same academic standards whether he/she is taking the classes in the prescribed order or not. The Graduate Studies Office will help students minimize any potential problems that may result from taking classes out of the preferred order, but it is important that the student is aware of these potential challenges.

Distance Students

Year 1

Summer

Fall

Spring

BC501

BC531

BC511

BC503

BC542

BC560

BC506

BC557

Total: 4 courses; 8 credits

Total: 2 courses; 4 credits

Total: 2 courses; 4 credits

Year 2

Summer

Fall

Spring

BC532

BC502

BC521

BC580

BC556

BC592

BC598

BC593

Elective

Total: 4 courses; 8 credits

Total: 3 courses; 6 credits

Total: 2 courses; 4 credits

 

Local Students

Year 1

 

 

 

 

Fall

Spring

BC501

BC531

BC511

BC503

BC512

BC502

BC521

BC580

Total: 4 courses; 8 credits

Total: 4 courses; 8 credits

Year 2

Summer

Fall

Spring

BC506

BC542

BC556

BC592

BC598

BC560

BC557

BC593

Elective

Total: 3 courses; 6 credits

Total: 3 courses; 6 credits

Total: 3 courses; 6 credits

 

Remote Library Access

In order to facilitate research from off campus locations, the university library provides remote access to many of The Master's University's online databases. This access allows the student to search the available databases from any computer off campus that has an Internet connection. Currently, The Master's University has over 20 databases available with remote access. Students are welcome to contact the library directly if they need help with their research needs.