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B.A. in Biblical Studies (Applied Ministry)/M.A. in Christian Counseling

Accelerated Bachelor's and Master's Degree Program

The B.A. in Biblical Studies (Applied Ministry)/M.A. in Christian Counseling connects a DBU undergraduate program with a related DBU graduate program in Christian Counseling, allowing the student to attain both a bachelor’s degree in Biblical Studies and a master’s degree in Christian Counseling. This program is designed to prepare graduates to counsel in the local church, denominational agencies, and ministry-based organizations.


Degree Requirements Semester Hours
Undergraduate Requirements - B.A.
Developing a Christian Mind Semester Hours - 3
DCM 2301
English Semester Hours - 12
ENGL 1301, 1302, 2301, and 2302
Fine Arts Semester Hours - 3
FINE 1306
Foreign Language Semester Hours - 6-14*
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate prerequisites are met
Foundations for Excellence Semester Hours - 0-1
FOUN 1101 is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours. (AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count towards these 15 credit hours.)
History Semester Hours - 6
HIST 1301, 1302, 2301, or 2302
Kinesiology Semester Hours - 0-2
KNES 1101 and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.
Mathematics Semester Hours - 3-4
MATH 1301, 1303, 1307, or 1405
[Math Advising Tool (eMAT) required prior to registering for any Math class or any class for which the eMAT is a prerequisite.]
Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) Semester Hours - 3-4
One laboratory science selected from Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics
Religion Semester Hours - 6-9
RELI 1301, 1302, and three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment
Social Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only) Semester Hours - 6
POLS 2301 and an additional three credit hours may be selected from Economics, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, or Sociology.
Total General Studies Hours - 48-64
B.A. in Biblical Studies (Applied Ministry)
Required Courses Semester Hours - 18
PHIL 2301 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 3303 Philosophy of Religion
RELI 2304 Christian Doctrine
RELI 3382 Practicum in Religion (S-L)
RELI 4345 Christianity in a Pluralistic World
RELI 4371 American Church History
Electives Semester Hours - 32-48
  • In order to satisfy the “Undergraduate only” portion of an accelerated degree plan, sufficient lower-level and upper-level elective hours must be taken to complete the minimum number of Undergraduate credit hours required for each specific accelerated degree.
  • For this accelerated degree, a minimum of 114 Undergraduate credit hours are required.
  • As part of this accelerated degree plan, 6 shared Graduate hours will be counted toward a minimum of 42 upper-level Undergraduate semester hours required for all bachelor’s degrees. This equates to a total of 36 Undergraduate upper-level credit hours required.
Total Undergraduate Hours - 114
Shared Undergraduate/Graduate Courses Semester Hours - 6
THEO 5313 Applied Hermeneutics
WORS 6303 Spiritual Formation and Worship
Total Undergraduate with Shared Hours Required - 120
Remaining Graduate Requirements
M.A. in Christian Counseling Requirements Semester Hours - 12
Core Courses
DISC 5302 Biblical Servant Leadership
GSOM 6310 Ministry Mentorship (S-L)
THEO 6305 Christian History and Heritage
THEO 6306 Systematic Theology
M.A. in Christian Counseling Courses Semester Hours - 18
COUN 5312 Counseling Theories and Techniques
COUN 5314 Lifespan Human Development
MACC 6301 Introduction to Christian Counseling
MACC 6302 Abnormal Psychology
MACC 6303 Christian Counseling Skills

Select one of the following:
COUN 5315 Group Counseling Methods
COUN 6311 Addictive and Compulsive Disorders
COUN 6314 Marriage and Family Counseling
COUN 6320 Counseling Victims of Trauma
COUN 6324 A Christian Approach to Human Sexuality
MACM 6303 Conflict Resolution in Ministry
MACM 6304 Victim Assistance Ministry Training
Total Additional Graduate Hours Required - 30
Total Credit Hours Required for Accelerated Degree - 150
Degree Requirements Semester Hours


Note: Church Membership Requirement (for Admission into the Ed.D. in Educational Leadership—all concentrations, Ph.D. in Leadership Studies’ Ministry Concentration, Master’s Ministry Degrees, and Advanced Ministry Certificate Programs): Within the last 12 months, the applicant must have been an active member of a Christian church that holds Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior and who holds solely the Old Testament and the New Testament as sacred Scripture.

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(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.


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