MA Degree – Major in Biblical Counseling
The major in the Master of Arts degree is the focused area of study designed to prepare a student for a specific career path or professional goal. Courses in the major define the subject areas of expertise being developed by the student.
Purpose of the Major
To present Biblical Counseling as a model distinct from other models of counseling, whether secular or Christian integrationist, and to develop critical thinking skills necessary for writing a thesis on some aspect of counseling from the perspective of a biblical worldview.
- Learners will describe how the Bible functions as God's instrument of change.
- Learners will distinguish Biblical Counseling from non-Christian and Christian integrationist counseling models.
- Learners will practice skills for effective Biblical Counseling.
- Learners will exercise critical thinking skills necessary for interacting with the counseling literature and for writing a cogent thesis about some aspect of counseling from a biblical perspective.
Major Core Studies – 21 Credits
Major Core Studies form 21 credits of the 36 credits minimum for the MA degree Major in Biblical Counseling. Major Core Studies are from the Biblical Counseling, New Testament, and Research and Writing subject areas.
- BC 675 Biblical Foundations for Counseling
- BS 518 Biblical Hermeneutics
- BC 518 An Examination of Integrationism in Christian Counseling
- NT 510 Life and Letters of Paul 
- BC 565 Marriage and Family Counseling
- BC 504 Depression and Anxiety
- BC 640 Master’s Biblical Counseling Practicum *
 Learners may replace course with an elective in New Testament (NT).
Biblical Counseling students will be asked to take BC 991 Biblical Counseling Pre-Program Assessment after completing RW 001 Trinity Tutorial and prior to beginning other course work. Students will also be asked to take BC 992 Biblical Counseling Post-Program Assessment after completing all course work and prior to beginning RW 991 Mission Outcomes Assessment. These are non-graded, non-credit assessments.
* Learners are encouraged to pursue remaining courses while in the counseling practicum course.
Program Structure – 36 Credits Minimum
- RW 001 Trinity Tutorial – 0 credits
- General Electives – 12 credits
- M.A. Core Studies – 3 credits
- Major Core Studies – 21 credits
- RW 991 Mission Outcomes Assessment – 0 credits
A minimum of 21 credits must be earned at Trinity.
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