The M.A. in Biblical Counseling is a 36 or 40 credit hour graduate degree program, designed to allow students to pursue in-depth training in Biblical Counseling while continuing in their current ministries or occupations.
Courses are persued through a combination of a on-campus, online, and directed study 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 the distance and local students.
Courses which are only offered on-campus--because of their unique advantage in a traditional classroom setting--may be pursued either through evening courses meeting weekly for a 15-week period, or thorugh modular courses which meet intensively for 1 week on campus in July.
Evening courses are designed to serve especially residents of the greater Los Angeles area or others who are able to move to the area. Courses are held at night, Mondays and Wednesdays, allowing students to continue to work in their present occupations and ministries while completing their degree program.
Modular courses (available only during the Summer trimester) are designed to serve especially students around the world entrenched in their ministries and without the ability to relocate to Southern California. Courses meet for 1 week on campus each July while including preparatory and follow-up studies before and after the intensive week. Students are encouraged to take 2 weeks of courses each year in order to complete the on-campus requirement in 3 summers.
Online courses are offered throughout the year through the College's internet program called Joule. The student views lectures online and is guided through class discussions and coursework by an online instructor. Weekly schedules are flexible but students make progress together through course content over the course of the trimester.
Directed Study Courses
Courses guided by an advisor involve practical mentorship and close correspondence via internet, phone, personal meetings (if local), and email with a member of the faculty.
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 length depends on choice of how one's final research project will be delievered. A student choosing to present his research orally will earn one credit for the project and be required to complete an additional 6 credits of elective courses, bringing his program to a total of 40 credits. Those students who prefer to compose their research in the form of a 100-125 page thesis paper have a 36 credit hour long program requirement.
The M.A. in Biblical Counseling is awarded to students who succesfully fulfill the requirements of 15 core courses, and 2 or 8 credits of elective courses.
Required Courses (Credits) - Format
- BC500: Spiritual Formations (1) - On-Campus (evenings or modular)
- BC501: Introduction to Biblical Counseling (3) - On-Campus (evenings or modular)
- BC502: Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor (2) - On-Campus (evenings or modular)
- BC503: Methods of Biblical Change (2) - On-Campus (evenings or modular)
- BC505: Graduate Research & Writing Seminar (1) - Online
- BC511: Theology 1 (2) - On-Campus (evenings or modular)
- BC512: Theology 2 (2) - On-Campus (evenings or modular)
- BC521: Problems and Procedures I (3) - On-Campus (evenings or modular)
- BC531: Hermeneutics (3) - On-Campus
- BC542: Marriage & Family Counseling (3) - Online
- BC556: ACBC Membership Seminar (1) - Online
- BC590: Counseling Observation (2) - On-Campus (evenings or modular)
- BC591: Counseling Practicum (2) - On-Campus (evenings or modular)
- BC592: Counseling Internship (4) - On-Campus (evenings or modular)
- BC598: Research Seminar Presentation (1) or BC600: Counseling Research Thesis/Project (3) - Directed Study
Elective Courses - Format
- BC518: Counseling from Proverbs (2) - Online
- BC519: Counseling from Ecclesiastes (2) - Online
- BC560: Conflict Resolution (2) - Online
- BC572: Women Counseling Women (2) - On-Campus
- BC593: Advanced Internship (1-4) - Directed Study
|Core:||32 or 34 credits|
|Elective:||8 or 2 credits|
|Total:||36 or 40 credits|
Suggested Schedule for Distance Students
|Year 1||Summer (On-Campus Modular)||Fall (Online)||Spring (Online)|
|Total: 1 courses; 9 credits||Total: 1 course; 2 credits||Total: 1 course; 3 credits|
|Year 2||Summer (On-Campus Modular)||Fall (Online/Directed Study)||Spring (Online)|
|Total: 4 courses; 8 credits||Total: 1 course; 2 credits||Total: 1 course; 1 credit|
|Year 3||Summer (On-Campus Modular)||Fall (Directed Study)||Spring (Online/Directed Study)|
|Total: 4 courses; 10 credits||Total: 1 course; 1 or 3 credits||Total: variable courses: 6 credits|
Suggested Schedule for Local Students
|Year 1||Fall (On-Campus & Online)||Spring (On-Campus & Online)|
|Total: 5 courses; 9 credits||Total: 4 courses; 9 credits|
|Year 2||Summer (On-Campus Modular & Online)||Fall (Online & Directed Study)||Spring (On-Campus & Online)|
|Total: 4 courses; 8 credits||Total: variable course; variable credits||Total: variable courses; 4, 6, or 8 credits|
Remote Library Access
In order to facilitate research from off campus locations, the Robert L. Powell Library provides remote access to many of The Master's College's online databases. This access allows the student to search available databases from any computer off campus that has an Internet connection. Currently, The Master's College has over 20 databases available with remote access. Students are welcome to contact the library directly if they need help with their research goals.