Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC)

The professional Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree provides a graduate-level, biblically and theologically focused education for men and women who desire to enter into Christian counseling practice. The program integrates biblical principles with modern psychology to prepare men and women to engage in church, institutional, or private counseling practices. 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.

Beginning fall 2017, the MABC curriculum is changing to meet new state requirements.


Bible Exposition 22
BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 3
BE102 Old Testament History I 3
BE103 OT History II & Poetry 2
BE104 OT Prophets 3
BE105 The Gospels 2
BE106 Acts & Pauline Epistles 3
BE107 Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation 3
BE109 Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles 3
Systematic Theology 18
ST101 Theological Method and Bibliology 3
ST102 Trinitarianism 3
ST103 Angelology, Anthropology, & Hamartiology 3
ST104 Soteriology 3
ST105 Sanctification & Ecclesiology 3
ST106 Eschatology 3
Counseling Theory & Technique 21
BC102 Theological and Psychological Foundations of Counseling 3
BC210 Counseling Theory 3
BC215 Normal Human Growth 3
BC220 Counseling Methods & Techniques 3
BC225 Abnormal Human Behavior 3
BC230 Lifestyle & Career Development 3
BC235 Social & Cultural Foundations 3
Licensure Preparation 21
BC240 Research Methods & Statistics 3
BC245 Appraisal & Assessmt Techniques 3
BC250 Professional Orientation 3
BC280 Group Counseling 3
BC305 Counseling Practicum I 3
BC310 Counseling Practicum II 3
BC315 Counseling Practicum III 3
Electives & Spiritual Formation 8
PM101 Spiritual Life 2
MABC Electives 6
90 Hours
complete up to 42 hours online
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Hear from our Graduates

Robert Rowling (MABC 11) counsels at Gaston House, a sober living community whose goal is to help men achieve long-term sobriety. Wendy Miller (MABC 04) serves at Sparrow House Counseling, where she works with individuals and families in their personal recovery.

Matthew Williams (MABC 11) ministers to former child soldiers in Uganda and DR Congo with Exile International.


*Note: This curriculum plan is intended for new students only. Current students should refer to the degree requirements available from the Advising Center.


In addition to the goals common to all professional degree programs at the seminary, located on the MA Overview page, students in this program will be able to:

  • understand and explain the issues and problems that people face in life from a thoroughly biblical point of view;
  • 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 focused on ministry;
  • develop deep levels of biblical and spiritual integrity in their own personal life, relationships, and ministry;
  • possess the personal and spiritual maturity, discernment, and wisdom needed to help people resolve spiritual, relational, and behavioral issues and problems; and
  • engage in effective biblically based counseling in the context of a local church, private practice, or mental health institution.

Admission Requirements

Those applying to the MA in Biblical Counseling program will need to demonstrate appropriate academic and practical preparation broadly related to the field of counseling. Admitted students are designated as MABC in either the first or second stage. In Stage 1 students move toward official designation as MABC, and in Stage 2 they complete a process of interviews and examination with faculty members of the Biblical Counseling department during their second year.

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 2 in Spiritual Life. In addition, there are 42 hours in prescribed counseling courses and 6 hours in counseling electives. Meeting these course requirements will enable students to apply to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for licensure in the state of Texas. Students who wish to pursue licensure in states other than Texas should consult the department. No thesis is required.

Students move from Stage 1 to Stage 2 of the MABC program on the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 24 hours of coursework, including BC305 Counseling Practicum I. This normally occurs after the student’s third semester in the program. This process involves a Personal, Academic, and Professional Progress Interview with the department faculty and will help determine whether the student has the dispositional and relational skills to progress in this kind of interpersonally intense program of study. Students must successfully move to Stage 2 to continue in the program.

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.

Students in the MA in Biblical Counseling (MABC) program are required to take MinistrySafe's Sexual Abuse Awareness Training. 

Degree Plan(s)*

3-year plan (Dallas)

First Year

Fall Semester

BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
ST101Theological Method and Bibliology3
PM101Spiritual Life2
BC102Theological and Psychological Foundations of Counseling3
BC215Normal Human Growth3

Spring Semester

BE102Old Testament History I3
BE105The Gospels2
BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles3
BC245Appraisal & Assessmt Techniques3

Second Year

Fall Semester

BE103OT History II & Poetry2
BE104OT Prophets3
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, & Hamartiology3
BC210Counseling Theory3
BC230Lifestyle & Career Development3
BC305Counseling Practicum I3

Spring Semester

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

Third Year

Fall Semester

BE106Acts & Pauline Epistles3
ST105Sanctification & Ecclesiology3
BC235Social & Cultural Foundations3
BC240Research Methods & Statistics3
BC315Counseling Practicum III3

Spring Semester

BC250Professional Orientation3
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.

The core Bible Exposition (BE), Systematic Theology (ST), and Pastoral Ministries (PM) courses are offered at flexible times (evenings, weekends, etc.). Core counseling classes follow a strategic sequence and have traditionally been offered on Mondays. Consult with an academic advisor to craft a personalized plan.

Washington, DC

Most core Bible and theology classes in Washington, DC are “hybrid”. This means they meet on campus for three Saturday-only sessions during a semester and supplement that in-person time with additional online video components. Core counseling classes will follow a strategic sequence.

*Note: This curriculum plan is intended for new students only. Current students should refer to the degree requirements available from the Advising Center.

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