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

Spring 2015
Session 2
march 16–may 8

CO502 Biblical Theology of Counseling–3 credits–TBA
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.

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.

CO540 Abnormal Behavior–3 credits–TBA
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–TBA
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.

CO566 Biblical Counseling of Difficult Issues–1 credit–Dr. Heather Hall
This course addresses the question: “Is biblical counseling effective with difficult issues?” Topics include: Solving problems Biblically, Biblical Counsel for Those Struggling with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and the New Epidemic of ‘Cutting,’ Counseling and Demonic and Discovering Our Identity in Christ.

CO574 Solving Marriage Problems–1 credit–Dr. Heather Hall
This course covers the analysis of the major problems presented in the marriage counselor’s office. The course covers a wide range of solutions needed to guide a couple back to harmony.

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.

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.

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.