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

Summer 2015
may 11–JULY 3

CO508 Methods of Biblical Change – 3– Dr. Gerlin Valencia
This course covers elements for effective relationship-building between counselor and counselee, the process of affecting behavioral, attitudinal, cognitive, emotional, and spiritual heart change in counselees’ lives, and elements of spiritual dynamics, grace accountability, and follow up in their relationship to affecting biblical change in counselees’ lives. **This course requires the use of a proctor service.

CO568 Four Phases of Clinical Discipleship – 1– Dr. Heather Hall
This course presents a comprehensive approach to biblical counseling which includes components for evangelism, nouthetic counseling, spiritual warfare, and for promoting an understanding of our new life in Christ. These elements complement one another and can enhance the work of counselors as a framework for understanding and for intervening biblically in the struggles presented by those we counsel.

Summer 2015

May 11- May 15
CO542 Appraisal and Testing in Counseling–3– Mrs. Lynelle Buchanan
This course is a survey of assessment instruments which are involved in appraisal and counseling processes, including intellectual, personality, and vocational interest inventories. Validity/reliability, report writing, and ethical practices in the use of assessment devices is included along with supervised opportunities to administer various assessment instruments to counselees. (Prerequisite: equivalent of an undergraduate or graduate course in tests and measurements or statistics.)

May 18 – May 22
CO535 Introduction to Group Counseling–3–Mrs. Lynelle Buchanan
This course is a study of the process involved in group development, dynamics, counseling, and closure. Leadership styles, elements of cohesion, issues of confidentiality, and various theories of group approaches; ethics and moral guidelines, as well as analysis of long-term effectiveness from group experiences, and includes an experiential component which includes voluntary self-disclosure activities.

CO544 The Helping Relationship–3– Dr. Gerlin Valenica
This course focuses on developing the basic counseling skills that a beginning counselor needs in
order to deliver quality counseling services to clients, as well as to most effectively contribute to
a counselee’s transformative and meaningful change. **This course requires the use of a proctor service.

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.