Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC)

The professional Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree integrates biblical principles with modern psychology to prepare men and women to engage in church, institutional, or private licensed counseling practices.

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


Bible Exposition 16
BE101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 2
BE102 Old Testament History I 2
BE103 OT History II & Poetry 2
BE104 OT Prophets 2
BE105 The Gospels 2
BE106 Acts & Pauline Epistles 2
BE107 Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation 2
BE109 Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles 2
Systematic Theology 12
ST101 Theological Method and Bibliology 2
ST102 Trinitarianism 2
ST103 Angelology, Anthropology, & Hamartiology 2
ST104 Soteriology 2
ST105 Sanctification & Ecclesiology 2
ST106 Eschatology 2
Counseling Theory & Technique 27
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
BC240 Research Methods & Statistics 3
BC245 Appraisal & Assessmt Techniques 3
Licensure Preparation 27
BC250 Professional Orientation & Ethics 3
BC280 Group Counseling 3
BC305 Counseling and Ethics Practicum I 3
BC310 Counseling Practicum II 3
BC315 Counseling Practicum III 3
BC255 Addictions and Compulsive Behaviors 3
BC260 Psychopharmacology for Therapists 3
BC270 Family Systems 3
BC320 Counseling Practicum IV 3
Spiritual Formation & Electives 8
PM105 Christian Life and Witness 2
Electives 6
90 Hours
complete up to 30 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.


The program leading to 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 training prepares men and women to engage in church, institutional, or private counseling practices.

Meeting the program course requirements enables a student to apply for licensure to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors, the Virginia Board of Counseling, the Maryland Board of Professional Counselors and Therapists, and the District of Columbia Board of Professional Counseling. In addition to completing the course requirements, students must also complete predegree and postdegree supervised-practicum or internship-clinical-supervised hours. The number of hours required varies from one state board to another and must be checked directly with that particular board. Additional electives may be taken to also enable a student to apply to a state board for licensure related to marriage and family therapy. Any license as a mental health professional is granted by the state board of that particular state and will require the completion of postgraduate licensure requirements, including additional internship hours and state-licensing examinations. Students desiring professional licensing in a particular state should consult the licensing board of that state to determine licensure requirements and, in consultation with the department, structure their program accordingly. It is important to note that the seminary only grants the degree and the state board grants the license. Earning the MABC degree does not, in itself, guarantee the graduate will be licensed in a particular state. Each state board makes an independent decision based on its state regulations and its determination of the applicant’s completion of those requirements.


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, 16 are in prescribed Bible Exposition courses, 12 are in prescribed Systematic Theology courses, and 2 are in the Christian Life and Witness course. In addition, there are 54 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 and Ethics 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 the appropriate fit for the profession. 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 in locations other than Texas, DC, Massachusetts, and Virginia. Biblical Counseling course transfers are subject to prior department approval, not to exceed 12 hours.

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 Hermeneutics12
ST101Theological Method and Bibliology12
PM105Christian Life and Witness12
BC102Theological and Psychological Foundations of Counseling3
BC210Counseling Theory3
BC215Normal Human Growth3

Spring Semester

BE102Old Testament History I12
BE105The Gospels2
BC245Appraisal & Assessmt Techniques3
BC255Addictions and Compulsive Behaviors3
BC305Counseling and Ethics Practicum I3

Second Year

Fall Semester

BE103OT History II & Poetry2
BE104OT Prophets12
ST103Angelology, Anthropology, & Hamartiology12
BC230Lifestyle & Career Development3
BC235Social & Cultural Foundations3
BC240Research Methods & Statistics3

Spring Semester

BE107Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation12
BC220Counseling Methods & Techniques3
BC225Abnormal Human Behavior3
BC250Professional Orientation & Ethics3
BC310Counseling Practicum II3

Third Year

Fall Semester

BE106Acts & Pauline Epistles12
ST105Sanctification & Ecclesiology12
BC260Psychopharmacology for Therapists3
BC270Family Systems3
BC315Counseling Practicum III3

Spring Semester

BE109Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles12
BC280Group Counseling3
BC320Counseling Practicum IV3
  1. 3-credit course taken for 2 credits will involve a 50% reduction in assignment; the extra hour of classroom participation will be calculated as part of the overall course requirements. A genuine reduction in workload will be accomplished by standardizing the assignments between sections, consulting with the Biblical Counseling division on requirements in the syllabus, and verified by the Office of Academic Affairs (see Appendix B).
  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.

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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