Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MA/BC)

The MA/BC program prepares men and women to engage in church, institutional, or private counseling practices from a thoroughly biblical perspective. Meeting the program requirements enables a student to apply to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for licensure and complete the state’s post-graduate licensure requirements, including additional internship hours and a state licensing examination. This program is fully accredited both regionally and nationally.


Bible Exposition22
BE101—Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
BE102—Old Testament History I3
BE103—Old Testament History II and Poetry2
BE104—Old Testament Prophets3
BE105—The Gospels2
BE106—Acts and Pauline Epistles3
BE107—Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
BE109—Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles3
Systematic Theology18
ST101—Introduction to Theology3
ST103—Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
ST105—Sanctification and Ecclesiology3
Counseling Theory & Technique21
BC102—Psychology and Theological Foundations3
BC205—Personality Theory2
BC210—Counseling Theory3
BC215—Normal Human Growth3
BC220—Counseling Methods and Techniques3
BC225—Abnormal Human Behavior3
BC230—Lifestyle and Career Development2
BC235—Social and Cultural Foundations2
Licensure Preparation18
BC240—Research Methods and Statistics2
BC245—Appraisal and Assessment Techniques2
BC250—Professional Orientation2
BC280—Group Counseling3
BC305—Counseling Practicum I3
BC310—Counseling Practicum II3
BC315—Counseling Practicum III3
Electives & Spiritual Formation11
MABC Electives9
PM101—Spiritual Life2
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Chico West, a former addict himself, is the founder and director of Gaston House, a home for boys recovering from addiction. He chose DTS for the deep Biblical foundation to the counseling program.

Elizabeth Oates serves as director of divorce recovery for Project Restoration, a ministry she and her husband founded, with the goal of reaching a broken generation with the good news of Jesus Christ.


Educational Goals

To enable students to:

  • demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible, including a synthetic understanding of the major books
  • evidence an understanding of the historical development of theology, a knowledge of premillennial theology, and an ability to support their theological views and apply them to contemporary issues
  • understand and explain the issues and problems that people face in life from a thoroughly biblical point of view
  • enter deeply into people’s lives with the truth and power of God’s Word and the gospel of His redemptive grace
  • understand and evaluate secular and Christian psychological theories and practices from a sound biblical and theological point of view in order to develop professional competence within a thoroughly biblical framework with a focus on ministry.

Spiritual Goals

To enable students to:

  • evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit
  • develop deep levels of biblical and spiritual integrity in their own personal life, relationships, and ministry
  • develop a deep level of commitment to people and to a ministry of helping them with their lives in a way that is pleasing to God.

Ministry Goals

To enable students to:

  • possess the personal and spiritual maturity, discernment, and wisdom needed to help people resolve spiritual, relational, and behavioral issues and problems
  • engage in effective biblically based counseling in the context of a local church, private practice, or mental health institution.


Admission Requirements

Admission requirements and application procedures for professional MA degree programs are the same as for all programs of study at the Seminary. Students will generally not be admitted into a degree program without goals consistent with the ministries for which the program is designed to equip them.
The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MA/BC) is a two stage program. Students must complete both of these stages to graduate. Stage One allows a student into the program who exhibits the potential for completion of the program. Continuing on into Stage Two requires the successful completion of prerequisite MA/BC courses as well as an interview process with the MA/BC faculty.

Course Requirements

The MA program in Biblical Counseling is three years in length with 90 semester hours of course work required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 22 are in prescribed Bible Exposition courses, 18 in prescribed Systematic Theology courses, and 4 in Spiritual Life and Evangelism. In addition, there are 43 hours in prescribed counseling courses and 3 counseling elective hours. Students who wish to pursue licensure in the State of Texas will need to complete an additional 2 hours in counseling courses under the direction of the department. Meeting these course requirements will enable a student to apply to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for licensure. No thesis is required.

Students may take certain specialized counseling courses, other than those that are prescribed and/or offered in the MA in Biblical Counseling curriculum, at other accredited schools to fulfill any needed academic requirements for state licensure as a professional counselor. There is a seven year time limit on completing any professional MA program.

Transfer Credit

Transfer of some credit is allowed toward the professional MA programs from accredited graduate theological schools. Up to 45 hours of credit may be transferred toward the MA in Biblical Counseling.

Students may take certain specialized counseling courses, other than those that are prescribed and/or offered in the MA in Biblical Counseling curriculum, at other accredited schools to fulfill any needed academic requirements for state licensure as a professional counselor. MA/BC students pursuing licensure may have stricter transfer credit guidelines as required by the state licensing agency.

Students must have earned a grade of C or better for a course to be considered in transfer. Transferability of credits earned at this institution and transferred to another is at the discretion of the receiving institution. Consult the Registrar’s Office for information on eligibility for transfer credit.

Degree Plan

First Year

Fall Semester

BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
ST101Introduction to Theology3
PM101Spiritual Life2
BC102Psychology and Theological Foundations3
BC215Normal Human Growth3

Spring Semester

BE102Old Testament History I3
BE105The Gospels2
BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles3
BC205Personality Theory2
BC245Appraisal and Assessment Techniques2

Second Year

Fall Semester

BE103Old Testament History II and Poetry2
BE104Old Testament Prophets3
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
BC210Counseling Theory3
BC230Lifestyle and Career Development2
BC305Counseling Practicum I3

Spring Semester

BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
BC220Counseling Methods and Techniques3
BC225Abnormal Human Behavior3
BC310Counseling Practicum II3

Third Year

Fall Semester

BE106Acts and Pauline Epistles3
ST105Sanctification and Ecclesiology3
BC235Social and Cultural Foundations2
BC240Research Methods and Statistics2
BC315Counseling Practicum III3

Spring Semester

BC250Professional Orientation2
BC280Group Counseling3
  1. Electives should be chosen in consultation with advisers to ensure that all licensing requirements are met for the state where the student intends to practice. Students pursuing state licensure in Texas should consult with their adviser on the selection of electives.
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