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 one of the eight weeks. 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


FALL 2014
Session 1
August 18–October 10

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. **This course requires the use of a proctor service. Proctor fees are the responsibility of the students. Learn more about this here.

CO510–Research Methods– 3 credits–Dr. Barry Smith
This course is an introduction to tools, methods, and design of research studies, with emphasis on students’ contribution skills as well as their intelligent use of research literature. Quantitative and qualitative approaches to scientific inquiry and included survey, observational, descriptive, correlational, and experimental research designs are presented. (Prerequisite: An undergraduate or graduate course in statistical methods is recommended.)

CO511–Statistical Methods & Application– 3 credits– Dr. Barry Smith
This course is an examination of descriptive and basic inferential statistical techniques, including correlation, principles of probability, and hypothesis testing, with emphasis on computer applications and the utilization of a statistical package.

CO519–Evaluating Research–3 credits–Dr. Barry Smith
An introduction to research methods and statistics. Students will demonstrate an understanding of how to critically evaluate quantitative and qualitative research.

CO565–Ethnicity and Counseling– 3 credits–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
A study of the ethnic and multicultural influences that contribute to the development of individual identity in our society along with consideration of the relevant implications for counseling in an ethnically diverse society. **This course requires the use of a proctor service. Proctor fees are the responsibility of the students. Learn more about this here.


FALL 2014
Session 2
October 20–december 19

CO506–Biblical Philosophy of Counseling – 3 credits–Mrs. Lynelle Buchanan
This course covers student formulation and articulation of a personal philosophy of biblical counseling with emphasis on the Scripture’s sufficiency in meeting human needs. Analysis of various Christian counselors and philosophies toward biblical counseling and historical perspectives relative to contemporary issues in counseling will be taught.

CO530–Human Development –3 credits– Dr. Heather Hall
This course covers lifespan learning and development with respect to human personality formation; developmental processes and adjustment functions within cultural contexts; and interplay between human development, personality formation, and the role of learning in formulating life constructs.

CO539–Marriage and Family Counseling–3 credits–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
In this course, students will learn to develop a biblical/theological template for working with marriages and families. Both theory and techniques of a systemic approach to marriage and family counseling are presented. The course Introduces students to the classical and modern theoretical therapeutic models for marriage and family counseling. **This course requires the use of a proctor service. Proctor fees are the responsibility of the students. Learn more about this here.



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.