6.6 Master of Arts in Bibli...
6.6.1 Admission and
Program Length
6.6.2 Degree...

6.6.2 Degree Requirements

Twelve credit hours during a semester is the minimum program for a full-time student (please refer to the Program Length table.). No student may take more than 20 credit hours during a semester without the permission of the faculty. Not more than five credit hours may be taken during the winter term.

No student will be granted a degree whose cumulative academic average at the completion of the program is lower than 1.80. The degree shall be granted only to persons enrolled at Westminster at the time of the completion of their program of study. A student who has completed requirements by the end of the winter term of the year of graduation may receive the degree in absentia. See the procedure for requesting permission to graduate in absentia in section 5.3.a.

The policies pertaining to all non-native English speakers are the same for all degree programs. See section 5.1.1.

Students needing to take PT 031P Advanced Theological Writing must register for the course during their first semester on campus.

International students must be full-time each semester; see section 5.1.2 for the number of semesters allowed to complete the degree program.

Students should be aware that many of the M.A.B.C. courses are offered in the evening hours. Students should also be aware that Westminster offers a limited number of counseling courses through Distance Education on an alternating, every-other-year basis. These courses will be offered on campus in traditional classroom format during the years in which they are not offered through Distance Eduction. Please see section 5.5 to review the Distance Education schedule for specific courses along with applicable policies. 

6.6.2.a Required Courses M.A.B.C.

All students must take the following courses:  

OT 131 Biblical Theology I 3 hrs.    
OT 141 Old Testament for Ministry 3 hrs.
NT 133 Biblical Theology II 3 hrs.
NT 143 New Testament for Ministry 3 hrs.
AP 101 Introduction to Apologetics 3 hrs.
ST 131 Survey of Reformed Theology 3 hrs.
CH 131 Survey of Church History 3 hrs.
PT 173
Biblical Interpretation
3 hrs.
PTC 151
Dynamics of Biblical Change
3 hrs.
PTC 178 Helping Relationships 3 hrs.
PTC 221 Counseling & Physiology 3 hrs.
PTC 243 Theology and Secular Psychology 3 hrs.
PTC 251 Marriage Counseling 3 hrs.
PTC 261 Human Personality 3 hrs.
PTC 303 Counseling Problems and Procedures 3 hrs.
PTC 358 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3 hrs.

6.6.2.b Practicum Cluster (M.A.B.C.)

In addition to the courses listed above, students are required to take PTC 371P, as well as at least two other courses from the Practicum Cluster. Each course within the cluster is intended to either provide oversight of the student’s own counseling cases or provide the student with practical counseling experiences.

PTC 371P Counseling Observation
PTC 432 Essential Qualities of a Biblical Counselor
PTC 673 Case Study Seminar
PTC 371P-2 Counseling Observation (taken for the second time)


6.6.2.c M.A.B.C. Mentored Ministry

Every course within the M.A.B.C. program emphasizes practical application. There is no pure theory course because we are persuaded that all theology must be applied theology. But there are aspects of the curriculum, such as the Mentored Ministry program, that are intended to maximize the counseling experience. All arrangements for Mentored Ministry requirements are handled through the Mentored Ministry Office.

Students are required to complete a Mentored Ministry experience in the area of biblical counseling. They are expected to be involved in at least 100 face-to-face ministry hours over the course of their program. As early in their program as possible, they will draw up a formal Mentored Ministry proposal with a ministry mentor. The mentor can be a pastor, elder, or leader in the specific area that a student wants to emphasize in personal ministry (for example, campus ministry, social work, missions, women’s ministry, etc.). Students will meet with their mentor at least monthly. The Mentored Ministry proposal should be submitted and approved before the ministry experience begins. Students and their mentors will submit respective evaluations at the conclusion of the ministry experience. Ministry proposal and evaluation forms are available at the Mentored Ministry office and on www.wts.edu. All documentation of hours should be submitted by April 15 of the student’s expected graduation year to the Mentored Ministry office and will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

6.6.2.c1 State Licensure

Students desiring to use the M.A. in Biblical Counseling degree as a step towards state licensure as a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) should be aware of further requirements in addition to the M.A.B.C. degree. The prerequisites for licensure vary from state to state, and interested students should consult their state’s website for specific requirements. The state of Pennsylvania requires:

  • At least twelve additional credits beyond the M.A.B.C.
  • 100 hours of supervised practicum experience: Each course within the Practicum Cluster satisfies 25 hours toward the 100 hour supervised practicum experience requirement for the state of Pennsylvania.
  • 600-hours of supervised internship experience:100 hours of required Mentored Ministry counts toward the supervised internship experience. An additional 500 hours is needed to meet the 600-hour supervised internship experience requirement.  

The student is responsible to establish the supervisory relationship and setting. Students should contact the Mentored Ministry Office by the end of his or her first semester in the M.A.B.C. program to declare their intent to complete 600 hours and to begin documentation of hours. All documentation of hours should be submitted by April 15 of the student’s expected graduation year to the Mentored Ministry office and will be recorded on the student’s transcript.

Contact the Admissions Office for materials on the Pennsylvania Licensure regulations and how the M.A.B.C. program contributes to the necessary prerequisites.

6.6.2.d Sample Schedule

The following sample schedule places the courses in proper order, according to the term offered and the prerequisites needed. Students should consult with the Registrar before altering this sample schedule.

Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling