ACADEMICS » Master of Science in Counseling
Master of Science degree
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.
May 12–July 4
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.
CO535 Introduction to Group Counseling ** – 3 credits–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.
** This course includes one week on campus the week of May 19.
CO544–The Helping Relationship**–3 credits–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
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 includes one week on campus the week of May 12.
CO550–Ethics and Professional Orientation in Counseling–3 credits–Dr. Gerlin Valencia
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.
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