the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

M.A. – Biblical Counseling

The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling is designed to prepare students for a ministry of biblical counseling to individuals, couples, and families in a congregational, denominational agency, counseling center, or missions setting.

The degree is designed for non-pastoral staff members and other church leaders who seek to do a significant amount of counseling from the framework of a biblical counseling model. The degree blends academic and classroom preparation with practical training in a ministry setting. Students desiring to pursue D.Min. or Ph.D. studies should seek entry into the M.Div. with a Concentration in Biblical Counseling degree.

Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to demonstrate a growing, Christlike character and a sense of God’s calling to ministry.
  • Students will be able to understand the Christian worldview and have a global vision for fulfilling the Great Commission.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate significant knowledge of the Bible, interpret Scripture’s original meaning, and apply Scripture to contemporary situations.
  • Students will be able to integrate systematic and historical theology into a larger biblical framework.
  • Students will be able to demonstrate skill in the practice of biblical counseling.

Vocational Objectives

  • Biblical Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Ministry
Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling
Remedial/Pre-requisite Courses
31980 Written Communication (if required)u (2)
42490 Cooperative Program (0)
Biblical/Theological Studies (30 hours)
20200 Introduction to the Old Testament I 3
20220 Introduction to the Old Testament II 3
22100 Biblical Hermeneutics 3
22200 Introduction to the New Testament I 3
22220 Introduction to the New Testament II 3
27060 Systematic Theology I 3
27070 Systematic Theology II 3
27080 Systematic Theology III 3
32100 Personal Evangelism 3
35040 Leadership and Family Ministry 3
Biblical Counseling (21 hours)
34300 Introduction to Biblical Counseling 3
34305 Biblical and Theological Foundations for Counseling 3
35100 Marriage and Family Counseling 3
34330 Typical Problems in Biblical Counseling 3
34310 Essential Qualities of the Biblical Counselor 3
35530 Reformational Counseling Training I or
35585 Counseling Observations and Practicum 3
35540 Reformational Counseling Training II or
35590 Counseling Internships 3
Total Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling
Requirements
51
• Written Communication (if required) +2

uSee Written Communication Requirement in Academic Section.

That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.