MA in Biblical Counseling (2017)
Beginning fall 2017, the State of Texas will require those pursuing counseling licensure in the state to have completed 60 hours of prescribed counseling courses. DTS's 90 hour Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (MABC) degree currently requires 48 hours of counseling and 42 hours of biblical, theological, and pastoral studies.*
In order to meet these new requirements, DTS’s MABC curriculum will change beginning with the Fall 2017 catalog according to the chart below (changes are in green):
* The MABC program on the DTS-DC campus is already designed with 60 hours of prescribed counseling courses. Therefore, DTS-DC campus students should follow the “MABC 2017” curriculum chart.
For students who entered prior to fall 2017 (including spring 2017 and summer 2017), you have two options:
- Continue with the MABC requirements under which you are currently enrolled: For students who began prior to fall 2017, the State of Texas will allow you to be licensed under the older 48-hour requirement.
- Switch to the new 2017 MABC program: If you prefer to graduate with 60 hours of counseling credit, you may choose to complete the requirements of the new 2017 MABC program.
To choose Option 2, you will need to complete the additional 12 hours of counseling coursework (BC255, BC260, BC270, and BC320). Any 3-hour BE or ST courses you have already taken will remain "as is" on your transcript. This means that you will likely have completed more than 90 hours by the time you graduate.
For spring 2017, your BE and ST courses can be reduced from 3 hours to 2 hours which may mean you need to adjust your schedule. Please contact the Advising Center (firstname.lastname@example.org) for scheduling help and then the Registrar (email@example.com) to request reduced-hour courses.
Frequently Asked Questions
- Why is DTS changing the MABC curriculum?
- The State of Texas has mandated that students pursuing counseling licensure receive 60 hours of counseling coursework instead of the prior 48. While not every MABC student pursues licensure, DTS wants the MABC program to meet state requirements for students who desire that option.
- Why did DTS choose the 2-hour courses rather than reducing the number of courses?
- Studying all 66 books of the Bible and having a deep understanding of theology is a core component of DTS's educational ethos. The church and the world need counselors who are deeply immersed in Scripture, so the board and faculty of DTS felt students and the men and women they will counsel would best be served by attending the same courses as other MA and ThM students with a reduced homework load.
- Will the 2-hour courses really be 2-hours?
- The BE, ST, and PM departments are hard at work evaluating every assignment of every course in the DTS core. This process will help ensure that our courses are well-balanced and that the MABC 2-hour versions contain an appropriate workload. The syllabus will reflect this reduction in workload.
- How will the 2-hour courses work?
- MABC students will participate in all the same course meetings as do students taking the course for 3 hours credit. However, MABC students will pay tuition for a 2 hour course and complete course requirements that are commensurate with 2 hours of credit. The reduced workload for MABC students accounts for the additional hour of class instruction; in effect, students will complete 25% of their coursework by participating in the extra classtime—not dissimilar to reading requirements for some courses.
- How do I switch into the 2017 MABC?
- Submit a Catalog Change Form to the Advising Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- By when do I need to switch into the 2017 MABC curriclum?
- The latest date you can switch into the 2017 MABC curriculum is the fall 2017 add/drop date. However, if you wish to start taking 2-hour BE and ST courses in the spring or summer of 2017, you'll first need to submit a Catalog Change Form to the Advising Center (email@example.com).
- When can I start taking the 2-hour courses?
- You can to start taking 2-hour BE and ST courses in the spring and summer of 2017. You'll first need to switch to the 2017 MABC curriculum by submitting a Catalog Change Form to the Advising Center (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- How do I register for the 2-hour courses?
- Before registering, you'll first need to submit a Catalog Change Form to the Advising Center (email@example.com). To register for the spring and summer 2017 semesters you'll need to inform the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) that you want to take the 2-hour course for the 2017 MABC curriculum. In your email please include your name, ID #, and the course(s) you would like to reduce to 2 hours. We'll implement more permanent registration procedures for the fall 2017 semester at a later time.
- Will I be charged a late registration fee if I change my spring 2017 course schedule ?
- No. Students adjusting their schedules in light of the new MABC curriculum will not be charged a late registration fee.
- What if I switch to the 2017 MABC curriculum but have already taken PM101?
- PM101 will be automatically substituted for PM105.
- If I switch into the MABC 2017 for spring 2017, will my scholarships be affected by the new 2-hour courses?
- Scholarship requirements remain the same, so you'll need to make sure you have the minimum number of credit hours needed to keep your scholarship(s).
- I'm not in the MABC program. Can I take the 2-hour versions of BE and ST courses?
- No. This unique curriculum is designed for MABC students under the new guidelines effective fall 2017.
- If I start in the MABC, can I switch into another degree later? How will the 2-hour courses work?
- Yes, you can switch to another degree program; however, for every 2-hour course taken under the new MABC curriculum, you would need to pay tuition for 1-hour and complete the 1-hour of work necessary to make that course equivalent to 3-hours. The Advising Center can help you with this.
- I'm an international student. How does this change affect my VISA?
- Before making any changes to your degree prgram, you should contact Rachel O’Brien (email@example.com) to discuss how changing to the 2017 MABC curriculum might impact your VISA.