ACADEMICS » Master of Science in Counseling

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Master of Science degree
in Counseling

- Overview
- Program Requirements
- On campus program
- Online program
- Licensure
- Admissions

ONline distance learning

Our online distance learning program is flexible and convenient. You can earn your degree on your own schedule.

Each online class is offered in an eight-week session, allowing you to graduate from the program in as little as two to three years. Three classes (noted with asterisks) require you to come on campus for a one week module. Housing is available.


Textbooks can be ordered and delivered to your home with your BBC e-mail address. Order books and see a listing here.

online program schedule

Courses begin each year in August, October, January, March, and May.

View online program details and requirements here.

View a Three-Year Scope & Sequence for this program here.

Course Sequence

Spring 2015
Session 1
january 12–March 6

CO508 Methods of Biblical Change–3 credits–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
Elements for effective relationship-building between counselor and counselee. The process of affecting behavioral, attitudinal, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual heart change in counselee’s lives. Elements of spiritual dynamics, grace accountability, and follow up in their relationship to affecting biblical change in counselees’ lives.

CO520 Theories and Techniques in Counseling–3 credits–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
This course is an analysis of a broad range of theories in counseling. The nature of the counseling relationship and techniques used in promoting counselee change, and use role and practice of the professional counselor will be taught.

CO532 Career Counseling–3 credits–Dr. Heather Hall
This course is a survey of developmental theories, decision-making paradigms, and principles for vocational guidance. Factors involving choice of colleges and/or other educational options as they relate to career planning, and information service tools as they relate to the career counseling process are included.


Spring 2015
Session 2
march 16–may 8

CO502 Biblical Theology of Counseling–3 credits–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
This course covers the centrality of the Bible in its relationship to biblical counseling, student development of a theology of counseling with respect to counseling philosophy and methodology; and the church’s role in counseling from the perspective of pastors and non-clergy.

CO540 Abnormal Behavior–3 credits–Dr. Kristian DeWitt
This course is an in-depth examination of causes, classifications, referral procedures, and intervention strategies relating to character, personality, cognitive, and affective disturbances. The student will gain a working knowledge of the DSM.

CO550 Ethics and Professional Counseling–3 credits–Mrs. Lynelle Buchanan
This course is an investigation of legal, ethical, and moral issues germane to professional counseling, as well as credentials and professionalism, affiliation, professional membership, licensure, and certification. Malpractice and legal responsibilities in relationship to counselor trainees and professional counselors is covered.


Proctor service
**Some courses will require the use of a proctor service. BBC&S has chosen to use "Proctor U" as the service provider. Payment of all proctoring fees will be the obligation of the individual examinee. Any charges applicable to the examinee must be paid with a credit or debit card. Fees vary depending on the length of the exam and the timeliness of scheduling. For questions contact Kara McGinniss at or 570.585.9286.