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MA in Biblical Counseling (MA/BC) Houston

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.

Curriculum

Area of Study  
Biblical Exposition 22
Theological Studies 18
Counseling Theory and Technique 26
Supervised Training and Licensure Preparation 13
Electives and Spiritual Formation 11
  90

Three-Year Houston Plan

First Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
BE101Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics3
ST101Introduction to Theology3
PM101Spiritual Life2
  8 

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
Core Cohort Sessions 1-2110
BE102Old Testament History I3
  13 

Summer School

CodeNameHours
Core Cohort Sessions 3-4110
BC305Counseling Practicum I3
  13 

Second Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
Core Cohort Sessions 5-6110
BC310Counseling Practicum II3
  13 

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
BE105The Gospels2
BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, and Selected Epistles3
ST102Trinitarianism3
BC315Counseling Practicum III3
Elective23
  14 

Third Year

Fall Semester

CodeNameHours
BE103Old Testament History II and Poetry2
BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, and Revelation3
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology3
ST105Sanctification and Ecclesiology3
Elective23
  14 

Spring Semester

CodeNameHours
BE104Old Testament Prophets3
BE106Acts and Pauline Epistles3
ST104Soteriology3
ST106Eschatology3
Elective23
  15 
  1. See Core Cohort schedule below for course titles.
  2. 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.

Core Cohort Courses

Session Courses Credit Hours
Session 1
(8 class meetings)

BC102 Psychological and Theological Foundations

BC205 Personality Theory

3

2
Session 2
(8 class meetings)

BC210 Counseling Theory

BC245 Appraisal & Assessment Techniques

3

2
Session 3
(8 class meetings)

BC215 Normal Human Growth

BC235 Social & Cultural Foundations

3

2
Session 4
(8 class meetings)

BC220 Counseling Methods & Techniques

BC240 Research Methods & Statistics

3

2
Session 5
(8 class meetings)

BC225 Abnormal Human Behavior

BC230 Lifestyle & Career Development

3

2
Session 6
(8 class meetings)

BC280 Group Counseling

BC250 Professional Orientation

3

2

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is DTS bringing the MA/BC to Houston?

While undergraduate and graduate-level counseling programs exist in Houston, no other graduate-level counseling program in the city combines the requisite state licensure-track courses with the same thorough training in Bible exposition and systematic theology that DTS offers. The DTS MA/BC program will meet a need and fill a void for training biblical counselors in the city of Houston.

If I am in the DTS MA/BC degree program, do I need to take BC101?

For students in the MA/BC degree program, BC102 has been designed as the introductory course for your studies in counseling. BC101 has been designed especially to consider the issues associated with the theory, practice, and administration of counseling in pastoral contexts, and it is a required course only in the ThM degree program.

What is the MA/BC Core Cohort, and why is DTS Houston using this structure?

The Core Cohort structure involves bringing together a group of MA/BC students in Houston to matriculate along the specified course progression in a full-time, lockstep process over a 12-month period. Using an accelerated course format, the Core Cohort will meet one day per week across three consecutive terms (Spring, Summer, Fall) to complete 30 credit hours of counseling core courses. Outside of the Core Cohort, students may vary the course selection for which they are enrolled each term to include choices of courses in bible, theology, practicum and electives.

The first reason DTS Houston is implementing the Core Cohort is to respond to student needs with a simple, predictable and consistent schedule for completing ALL of the counseling core courses. Additionally, the Core Cohort provides a perfect blend of peer relationship building through the 30-credit-hour core and flexible scheduling for the remainder of the program

Will the DTS Houston Core Cohort be limited in enrollment?

The BC courses offered in Houston as part of the Core Cohort will not be limited in enrollment. As long as the prerequisites for each BC course are met, any student in any DTS degree program of study may register for and enroll in the BC courses offered in Houston.

Who will teach the counseling courses on the DTS Houston Campus?

DTS Biblical Counseling Faculty will teach the counseling courses on the DTS Houston Campus.

Will I need to go to Dallas for any counseling courses to complete the MA/BC degree?

All of the counseling core and practicum courses will be taught in a live classroom on the Houston Campus. Additionally, many of the counseling elective courses will be taught in a live classroom on the Houston Campus, allowing MA/BC students in Houston to complete their 9 credit hours of counseling electives in Houston. A few of the counseling elective courses may require Houston-based students to travel to Dallas, but the Biblical Counseling Department is also evaluating potential counseling elective courses to be offered exclusively in Houston.

Once I am admitted into the MA/BC degree program, do I just complete the required coursework to complete the degree?

We are concerned that each student pursuing a MA/BC degree from DTS has the dispositional and relational skills to progress in this kind of interpersonally intense program of study. For this reason, the MA/BC degree program has two stages. Students qualify to be considered for movement from Stage 1 to Stage 2 of the MA/BC degree program on the satisfactory completion of a minimum of 24 hours of coursework, including BC305 (Counseling Practicum 1). Before entering Stage 2, each MA/BC student must have a Personal, Academic, and Professional Progress Interview with the BC Department faculty.

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