the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

M.Div. – Concentration in Biblical Counseling

The Biblical Counseling concentration offers rigorous and specialized training to prepare men and women for the ministry of biblical counseling. This concentration is designed for pastors and other church leaders who seek to do a significant amount of counseling from the framework of a biblical counseling model.

The degree will be rich with biblical and theological studies, along with practical pastoral training. The degree offers a firm foundation of theoretical and practical preparation for counseling itself, with a strategic array of classes in the most pressing issues of biblical church-based counseling.

Vocational Objectives

  • Biblical counseling
  • Marriage and family ministry
  • Pastorate
  • Preaching
  • North American missions
  • International missions
  • Campus/Collegiate ministry
Master’s Level Programs with a Concentration in Biblical Counseling
34305 Biblical and Theological Foundations for Counseling 3
34310 Essential Qualities of the Biblical Counselor or  
34320 Christian Theories of the Person 3
35100 Marriage and Family Counseling 3
34330 Typical Problems in Biblical Counseling 3
34325 The Care of Souls in the Congregation 3
35530 Reformational Counseling Training I or  
35585 Counseling Observations and Practicum 3
35540 Reformational Counseling Training II or  
35590 Counseling Internships 3
40301 Pastoral Ministry1 3
Biblical Counseling Studies 24
Theology M.Div. Core 64
Total Master of Divinity with a Concentration in Biblical Counseling Requirements 88
• Elementary Hebrew (if required) +3
• Elementary Greek (if required) +3
• Written Communication (if required) +2

1 Pastoral Ministry (40301) is reserved for men. Women will substitute The Practice of Ministry for Women (40302).

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