Online Doctor of Arts Degree in  Biblical Counseling

The power of Biblical counseling can be summed up in seven words: "The unfolding of Your words gives light" (Psalm 119:130).  As never before in human history, our world needs light - the light of eternal truth.

 

Biblical counselors are trained to present the eternal truth of God's Word to individuals and families who are seeking to move past the false, shallow, and worthless advice of secular humanism.  Countless lives are being ruined by the wages of sin (Romans 6:23), and countless individuals are desperately seeking truth.

 

Jesus said of the Word of His Heavenly Father, "Thy Word is truth" (John 17:17).  He also said, "Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest" (Matthew 11:28).  So many in our broken culture need rest - a rest that can only be found in Christ.

 

Properly trained Biblical counselors are prepared to lead the broken to the truth, and in that truth experience life as God created us to live.

Entrance into the Doctor of Arts program requires an acceptable earned master's degree.  Relevant acceptable credits taken in a previous Bible related doctoral program may reduce the number of courses.

The D.A. in Biblical Counseling:

  • Is self-paced;
  • Not structured in semesters, quarters or terms;
  • Can be completed 100% off-campus;
  • Uses email and easy file transfers to send coursework;
  • Also integrates voluntary small group learning options;
  • Is designed to allow the student to begin at any time of the year.

Designed for:  individuals who are already well advanced in the ministry of Biblical counseling.  The deeper issues related to Biblical counseling form the core curriculum of this program.

Ministry Training for:
Biblical Counselors
Resource Chaplains
Pastors
Pastoral Staff
Missionaries

 

Program Curriculum (see course descriptions below):

Orientation MOR
Advanced Biblical Directionism Counseling II BD-702

Advanced Counseling Theology II AT-702
Advanced Essentials in Biblical Counseling II AE-702
Advanced Biblical Directives for Pastors DP-701

Preparing Couples for a Biblically Based Marriage BBM-701
Counseling the Victims of Abortion AV-702
Personhood from a Biblical Perspective PH-702
Drugs, Mental Health and the Biblical Counselor DM-701
Practicum CP-1520
Doctoral Theology Project DTP-700
Research and Writing RW-700
Doctoral Writing Project DRP-700
TOTAL CREDITS

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10
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49

 

Biblical counseling courses and degrees approved by:
The Association of Certified Biblical Counselors
The International Association of Biblical Counselors

Course Descriptions

 

Orientation OR-DO

The purpose of this course is to help ensure that the student will begin his or her study program at Master’s with the basic information needed to move successfully toward graduation.  For this reason, this course is mandatory of all new students.

 

Advanced Biblical Directionism Counseling II BD-702

The purpose of this course is to increase the doctoral student’s appreciation for the Bible as an adequate handbook for the human mind, and to supply the student with an executable system for using the Bible as a counseling model.

 

Advanced Counseling Theology II AT-702
To further develop the doctoral student’s understanding of the broader scope of topics in the discipline of Systematic Theology and the relevance of these topics to the work of biblical counseling.

 

Advanced Essentials in Biblical Counseling II AE-702
The purpose of this course is to further expand the doctoral student’s understanding of the requisites of multidimensional biblical (nouthetic) counseling.  The student will be encouraged to discover and recognize important differences with other counseling theories and describe his or her relationship to the biblical counseling model.

 

Advanced Biblical Directives for Pastors DP-701
The purpose of this doctoral level course is to further develop a foundation for the students to enable them to identify those issues in themselves which are germane to the work they do with others; to give the student an opportunity to experience, first hand, the process of growth that future counselees will need to experience for their own growth; to build an appreciation for a disciplined approach to the sanctification process; to allow the student to experience the application of the Word of God to specific problems.

 

Preparing Couples for a Biblically Based Marriage BBM-701
This course will introduce the doctoral student to a biblical approach to Marriage and Family counseling so that the student will acquire the knowledge of the biblical conceptions of family roles and interpersonal relationships, and be able to trace the importance of these data and interpret them in terms of the counseling process.

 

Counseling the Victims of Abortion AV-702
The core purpose of this course is to give the counselor a place to start when faced with the prospect of counseling women who have experienced sexually based trauma, and to provide the counselor with a road map to reach the heart of these women, thereby avoiding the most common complaint of counselors in such situation…the sense of being overwhelmed and frustrated.

 

Personhood from a Biblical Perspective PH-702
The purpose of this course is to direct the doctoral student to a Biblical foundation for understanding God’s idea for personal self-awareness; to lead the student through a Biblical assessment of the so-called “self-esteem” movement; to compare and analyze the prevailing secular attitude regarding self-esteem over against the Scriptural teachings related to these attitudes; to prepare the student to deal with the issue of self-esteem within a Biblical counseling regime.

 

Drugs, Mental Health and the Biblical Counselor DM-701
This course, taught by a leading Pharmacologist, will cover the basics of substance abuse from a Biblical position, and introduce the student to Biblical counseling methods for dealing with this all to common addiction of our day.

 

Counseling Practicum CP-1520
This course will serve as the counseling program capstone for the student who has completed all of the other academic requirements for the Biblical Counseling degree program.

 

Doctoral Writing Project DRP-700
This is the final writing project for the doctoral student.  While similar in many ways to a dissertation, it is fundamentally different in that it is designed to be a “ministry/theology” position paper written from a praxis position.  Students are prepared for this course by taking the Research and Writing course.

 

Research and Writing RW-700
The purpose of this course is to provide the doctoral student with an opportunity to examine the fundamentals of research and writing from a practical and professional perspective, as a foundational step in preparation for completing the doctoral writing project.

 

Doctoral Writing Project DRP-700
This is the final writing project for the doctoral student.  While similar in many ways to a dissertation, it is fundamentally different in that it is designed to be a “ministry/theology” position paper written from a praxis position.  Students are prepared for this course by taking the Research and Writing course.

 

Investment Costs for the
DOCTOR OF ARTS IN 

BIBLICAL COUNSELING*

 

 

Cost to Start - $250
Monthly Payment - $97.91  - no interest or carrying charges
Standard Program Tuition - $6,125 ($125 per credit)
Cost of Books - Discounted through our own online bookstore.
Biblical Counseling Practicum Mentoring Fee $200

 

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*Costs may vary due to individual requirements or preferences.

SPECIAL NOTE:  If you live in the St. Louis Metro area, we encourage you to consider the evening class program offered at Gateway Biblical Counseling and Training Center.  Gateway is an educational partner with Master's.  Click HERE for more information.

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