Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling
The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling (M.A.B.C.) is a professional graduate degree designed to develop within the student a theological soundness that informs a biblical counseling and discipleship orientation.
“This program is about guiding students into comprehensive content and competencies in the practice of biblical counseling. We want students to develop a biblical-theological diagnostic of mankind and use that to lead people into life transformation.” Nicolas Ellen, D.Min., Ph.D.
Applicants must hold an accredited four-year bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA of 2.0. Applicants with a GPA greater than or equal to 2.0 but less than 2.5 will be accepted on probation. Admission of students without bachelor’s degrees is highly selective. Non-baccalaureate applicants must be at least 27 years old, have served at least 3 years in vocational ministry, and have earned at least 20 hours of college credits with a 2.5 GPA or better.
In extremely exceptional cases, an applicant who does not meet all of the above requirements may be admitted by appealing to the Vice President of Academics, who makes a recommendation to the faculty for approval. Such a recommendation would include a probationary period in which the student must maintain a 2.5 GPA for the first 6 credit hours taken.
The M.A.B.C. degree consists of 38 credit hours: 16 credits form the theological component and 22 credits form the counseling component.
Theological Component: 16 credit hours
BI 571 2 Hermeneutics
ST 511 2 Research & Writing
ST 501 3 Systematic Theology 1
ST 502 3 Systematic Theology 2
ST 601 3 Systematic Theology 3
ST 602 3 Systematic Theology 4
Counseling Component: 22 credit hours (2 hours each)
- Required Courses (14 hours)
CO 502 The History and Philosophy of Biblical Counseling
CO 503 Theology of Biblical Counseling
CO 504 Comparative Analysis Between Biblical Counseling, Integration Counseling, Psychological Counseling
CO 501 Foundations of Biblical Counseling
CO 505 Biblical Counseling Process
CO 565 Biblical Counseling/Discipleship in a Local Church Ministry
CO 590 Counseling Internship
- Elective Courses (8 hours)
CO 522 The Theology of Personhood
CO 550 Marriage and Family
CO 526 Problems and Procedures in Biblical Counseling
CO 530 Counseling Victims and Abusers
CO 510 Current Issues in Biblical Counseling
CO 540 Biblical Philosophy of Addiction
CO 541 Biblical Apologetics to Challenge the Secular Philosophy of Addiction
CO 543 Pharmacology and the Impact of Drugs on the Brain
CO 542 Biblical Procedures and Processes to Counsel Addiction
CO 552 Complementarianism and Biblical Counseling
CO 561 Problems and Procedures in Counseling Women
CO 563 Discipling Women Through Biblical Counseling
CO 562 Controversial Issues in Counseling Women
- General Independent Studies (up to 2 hours – these are 1 credit classes)
CO 583 Biblical Counseling Alliance
CO 584 Association of Certified Biblical Counseling Annual Conference or CDT Weekend Training
CO 586 Expository Counseling Training Center Online Course
CO 587 Faith Baptist Church, Lafayette, IN Annual Counseling Conference or Regional Conference
CO 588 Addiction Connection
CO 589 Real Life
“The Masters in Biblical Counseling at CBTS is designed to equip pastors, leaders, and lay individuals to care for one another on both formal and informal levels. The program will emphasize the theological building blocks of any good counselor as well as its application to the challenges we face in today’s culture.” Josh Stephens, D.Min.