Biblical Counseling Friendly Schools

Below are links to Bible Institutes, Christian Colleges, and Theological Seminaries that provide training, resources and/or international theological education in Biblical Counseling.

Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary of Springfield, Missouri offers both under graduate and graduate degrees in Biblical Counseling. The Master of Arts Biblical Counseling (MABC) is a 60-hour degree intended for students who will counsel as a primary responsibility of ministry in the local church, chaplaincy, college campus, high school, grade school, counseling ministry or other Christian ministries. This degree is also intended for students who will counsel as a supporting responsibility of ministry in the local church, the home or secular environment.

Birmingham Theological Seminary is located in Birmingham, Alabama. Their Master of Arts degrees are designed to provide a full, comprehensive academic and ministry-oriented program that intellectually and spiritually benefit the student, both personally and professionally. The programs are generally oriented around two axes: ministry in the church (Pastoral Leadership, Christian Education, Biblical Counseling, and Worship Ministry) or ministry outside the church (MA in Public Theology [Apologetics, Missions, and Evangelism]). Original language study can be added to any of these degrees.

Boyce College, located in Louisville, KY, offers a Bachelor of Science in Biblical Counseling. Boyce’s approach to counseling is centered on the Bible. You will gain counseling experience inside and outside of the classroom as you learn to point to Christ-centered solution. Their counseling programs fulfill the training requirement for certification with the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors

The Master of Arts Program at Central Baptist Theological Seminary in Plymouth, Minnesota, could be the solution for which you are looking. With two tracks, one in Biblical Counseling and one in Theology, it is customizable, so that you can prepare for the ministry God has given you. The Master of Arts is a great start. You will begin obtaining the tools you need to make use of the power of the Word of God.

Christ’s Theological Seminary, located in Ormond Beach, FL, offers an Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling. This degree program is designed to prepare students for a ministry of biblical counseling in a congregational, counseling center or missions setting. The remaining courses beyond the core would be directed studies utilizing a combination of delivery methods, including classroom instruction or online lectures and other resources. Students will also be encouraged to pursue certification with the Association of Certified Biblical  Counselors.

Doane Baptist Seminary in partnership with Overseas Instruction in Counseling, offers a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree program. DBS is located on the island of Iloilo in the Philippines. The MABC program is designed for busy ministers, so a student will have to attend DBS only twice a year, in the Summer and Winter. Every session consists of two courses and is taught in English, for two weeks at the Doane Baptist Church, 35, 45 Bonifacio St, Iloilo City Proper, Iloilo City, Iloilo.

Students will do pre-session assignments, communicating with teachers and classmates through email. Post-session assignments will include practicum. This will help them to relate theoretical knowledge to practical ministry.
You may contact DBS by phone:+63 (033) 337 7133.
Kyiv Theological Seminary offers a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree in partnership with Overseas Instruction in Counseling. Kyiv Theological Seminary is located in Kyiv, Ukraine. The MABC program is designed for busy ministers, so a student will have to attend KTS only twice a year, in the Fall and in the Spring. Every session consists of two courses and is taught in English and Russian, for two weeks at the KTS facility. Students will do pre-session assignments, communicating with teachers and classmates through Internet. Post-session assignments will include practicum. Practical assignments will introduce students to typical Biblical Counseling situations, which they will face in ministry.

Maranatha Baptist University, located in Watertown, WI (formerly Maranatha Baptist Bible College), offers a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Counseling and a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree. The curriculum includes practical courses in topics such as crisis counseling and addictive behavior, while providing a solid foundation of biblical and theological courses from which to build practical applications.

Mid-America Theological Seminary‘s biblical counseling program offers students fully accredited training in biblical counseling at every level. The BA, MA, and MDIV degrees may be earned both residentially through Mid-America or via their online degree program.

Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary located in Kansas City, MO, offers a Master of Arts in Counseling . MWBTS recently announced the hiring of Dr. Dale Johnson to oversee their counseling program. Midwestern’s biblical counseling degrees offer significant training in the principles and methods of biblical counseling, preparing you for service in a local church, biblical counseling center, or wider ministry setting. Their goal is to equip ministers and laypersons to minister biblically within their local churches and communities, making the church the first place people go for help, rather than a last resort.

Montana Bible College, located in Bozeman, MT, offers a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a Biblical Counseling Concentration. A student pursuing the biblical counseling degree will be thoroughly equipped to provide encouragement, support, and biblical direction to those in need. The focus of the program is not to ready a student to open a counseling clinic, but to have tools to minister within his or her local body of believers.

The National Theological College and Graduate School, headquartered in Lexington, North Carolina, offers a Master of Biblical Studies with a concentration in Biblical Counseling in partnership with Overseas Instruction in Counseling in various countries in the Middle East.

The North American Reformed Seminary, based in South Carolina, offers a self-paced, independent study Doctor of Ministries in Nouthetic Counseling. The North American Reformed Seminary is a private online, non-profit, distance educational, Christian, reformed seminary whose mission states is “to educate the body of Christ completely free of charge.

Presbyterian Theological Seminary’s College & Advanced Studies, located in Cavite, Philippines, in partnership with Overseas Instruction in Counseling, offers a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree program. PTS-CAS is located on the island of Luzon. The MABC program is designed for busy ministers, so a student will have to attend PTS only twice a year, in the Summer and Winter. Every session consists of two courses and is taught in English, for two weeks. Students will do pre-session assignments, communicating with teachers and classmates through email. Post-session assignments will include practicum. This will help them to relate theoretical knowledge to practical ministry.

Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary, located in Pittsburg, offers biblical counseling concentrations in their M.Div., MTS, and D.Min. programs. Beyond their counseling coursework, students will observe live counseling, participate in role play, and counsel others under the supervision of Professor Keith Evans. Students can also apply these counseling opportunities toward certification requirements for the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC).

Reformed Theological Seminary, located in Charlotte, North Carolina, offers a Master of Arts in Christian Counseling along with Master of Divinity with a Counseling Emphasis. The M.A.C.C. is designed to provide a rich combination of theological and practical training which prepares students to effectively apply God’s word to their own lives and also to the lives of others.

Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, located in Louisville, KY, offers a Master of Arts and a Ph.D in Biblical Counseling.  Students at Southern are passionate about spreading the gospel in its full biblical integrity to every person and people group. Southern combines biblical training and ministry strategy to train students to develop a vision for the reaching lost and the tools they need fulfill that vision. The coursework in the Biblical Counseling concentration is available completely online, but counseling observations must be completed in Louisville.

The Master’s Academy International is committed to fulfilling the Great Commission by training indigenous church leaders to be approved pastor-teachers, able to equip their churches to make biblically sound disciples.

The Master’s University offers a Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree. They offer on-campus traditional 15-week courses in the evenings for local students during the Fall and Spring semesters. Or you can complete a Distance-Hybrid option which consists of two weeks of required attendance for class on campus in July (two classes can be taken each week, with a maximum of four classes that can be taken each summer). In addition, online Fall/Spring classes for the Distance-Hybrid option require no attendance for class lectures, but students will watch pre-recorded lectures weekly and turn in assignments accordingly.

Westminster Theological Seminary, located in Glenside, PA, offers a Master of Arts in Counseling. When you enroll in the online MAC you join global, ministry-minded peers face-to-face in world-class online learning. Study counseling and theology while engaged in your local ministry and on a schedule that fits your life.

Word of Life Bible Institute, located in many locations, is a nondenominational bible institute that offers intensive Bible training through one and two year programs around the world. As part of their curriculum, they provide a course in Biblical Counseling during each year of study.

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