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Biblical Counseling

Master of Arts

Counseling that is truly biblical, Christ-focused and Gospel-saturated, grounded in the doctrines of sufficiency and sanctification


The Word of God has the answers to life’s most perplexing questions and problems. Key to answering these questions is a robust theology and practice of counseling that are grounded in the doctrines of progressive sanctification and Scripture’s sufficiency. Our master of arts program in biblical counseling provides just that.

The Seminary is committed to the absolute authority of the Word of God. All of our programs maintain a careful balance of educating both “the head and the heart.” We strive to prepare you to be a person of knowledge, compassion, integrity and courage who inspires God’s people to grow in the image of Christ.

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Our master of arts program in biblical counseling gives you a broad look at counseling and psychology from a thoroughly biblical perspective. Theology courses will help you examine God’s truth so you’ll be able to judge secular and Christian psychological theories objectively. You will gain a clear understanding of the sufficiency-of-Scripture model of counseling.

You’ll study important topics in counseling such as finances, marriage and children; overcoming addictions; and managing the grief from a major loss in life. Most importantly, you’ll learn how God’s truth offers hope and how you can apply it in ministry to others.

Biblical counseling recognizes that living in a fallen world as fallen human beings introduces great suffering and challenge to life—even for those who have been redeemed from the eternal penalty of sin by the saving work of the Lord Jesus Christ on the cross.

Biblical counseling also recognizes that the problems of living can be very complex and that many problems do, indeed, have a genuine physical component and may not be due to personal sin. Where a physical component is suspected, the biblical counselor welcomes competent medical help to diagnose and treat genuine organic etiology (i.e., brain trauma, endocrine malfunction, tumor, disease, infection, etc.).

Biblical counseling further recognizes that the human heart, when interpreting and responding to the hurts and hardships of life has a propensity to forsake the wisdom of the Scriptures and the help of the body of Christ and to rely upon its own understanding and upon the wisdom of man, thus compounding the believer’s difficulties.

Biblical counselors affirm that in the midst of these trials, God’s path to lasting joy and peace, and to the love for God and others that constitutes biblical healing and maturity, is found only in the believer’s growth in the gospel. This growth is centered on a relationship with, commitment to, dependence upon, and imitation of Jesus Christ, and is the answer to every spiritual challenge that believers face in life.

Biblical counselors recognize that they participate in similar spiritual struggles as those they counsel, and therefore, see themselves as fellow-disciples of Jesus Christ who, through a Spirit-enabled ministry of God’s sufficient Word, compassionately assist other believers in their progressive sanctification towards greater Christlikeness in the midst of their trials for the glory of God.

Master of Arts Core

A key part of your seminary education is the unique combination of core courses designed to provide thorough grounding in theology, biblical backgrounds, church history, interpretation and practical Christian living. The core is part of each master of arts program in the Seminary. Core courses include:

  • New Testament Introduction
  • Old Testament Introduction
  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • Systematic Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Biblical Sanctification


Our faculty is a team of specialists who have terminal degrees and are also experienced in real-life ministry.

They bring a combined total of more than 450 years of ministry experience to the classroom, with an average of 20 years per faculty member.

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Learning Experiences

Mack Library

One of the greatest aids to your study at the Seminary will be Mack Library. The library is well stocked with relevant theological resources and staffed by librarians familiar with the needs of upper-level theological students.

As of 2015, the library contains more than 278,871 physical volumes of books, 181,329 e-books, 28,066 bound periodicals, and approximately 394,467 total items. The library subscribes to approximately 713 periodicals and provides access to more than 189 databases. The databases provide electronic access to e-journals, e-books, abstracts and full-text articles. The periodicals are available in either print or electronic form, depending on the periodical.

Excellent Facilities

All seminary classrooms are equipped with a faculty computer, an LED projector and large screen for easy use of the Web or exegetical/presentation software for effective class lectures and student presentations.

The Seminary also offers a Research and Reading Room, containing 56 study carrels, multiple computers for student use, a commercial printer and several spacious study carrels reserved for doctoral dissertation writers. The Research and Reading Room, located on the first floor of the Seminary, also contains a theological reference library of more than 700 volumes (additional to the vast resources of Mack Library, located just yards from the Seminary). Each of the 6 computers in the Research and Reading Room is equipped with premier exegetical software.

LOGOS Software

You will complete projects in core courses using LOGOS Bible Software. LOGOS is available at a special discount through the Seminary. LOGOS Details

Career Support

BJU offers students a variety of ways to network with employers and organizations. A multitude of job opportunities are posted each year on Career Central, our online job board. In addition, more than 60 businesses and 150 Christian schools/mission boards/Christian organizations come on campus to recruit students through on-campus interviews and job/ministry fairs.

Career Services also helps students by holding seminars on resume preparation and interview techniques.

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Program Objectives

Each student will:

  • Defend the philosophy and practice of biblical counseling as grounded in the doctrines of progressive sanctification and sufficiency.
  • Critique modern attempts to integrate psychological counseling into Christian ministry from a biblical counseling perspective.
  • Apply a biblical counseling paradigm to personal problems.

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