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Biblical Counseling, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
, TX,
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.


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.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theological and Psychological Foundations of Counseling 
  • Counseling Theory 
  • Normal Human Growth 
  • Counseling Methods & Techniques 
  • Abnormal Human Behavior 
  • Lifestyle & Career Development 
  • Social & Cultural Foundations 
  • Research Methods & Statistics 
  • Appraisal & Assessment Techniques 

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Credits
    90 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

As an applicant, you will be evaluated on the basis of:

  •   Your academic records
  •   The assessment of your references
  •   The extent and quality of involvement in Christian service
  •   Your apparent gifts and potential for placement into Christian ministry.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    560 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 560 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    560 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 560 USD per credit and a duration of 24 months.
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Living costs for Dallas

  • 1140 - 1930 USD/month
    Living Costs

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