Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling program at Dallas Theological Seminary was created for students seeking to pursue work in church, institutional, or private counseling roles from a biblical perspective. This program is both regionally and nationally accredited. Meeting the program requirements also allows a student to apply to the Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors for licensure and complete the state’s post-graduate licensure requirements.

It is the goal of this program to produce graduates that have the personal and spiritual maturity, discernment, and wisdom necessary to aid others in the resolution of spiritual, relational, and behavioral issues. Graduates should be able to give biblically based counseling in private practice, mental health, or local church organizations. Additionally, these students may have the ability to completely understand and evaluate both secular and Christian psychological theories from a biblical and theological framework in order to develop professional competency with a focus on ministry.

In this program, students will gain a broader understanding of the Bible and its major books, demonstrate knowledge of various theological views and how they apply to current issues, and enter into others’ lives with the power of God’s word and the gospel of His grace.

This is a two-stage program. Stage 1 allows a student into the program on the basis for potential for completion of the program as a whole. Pursuing Stage 2 requires the successful completion of Stage 1, all prerequisite coursework, and an interview process with faculty in the Biblical Counseling department.

Completion of this program requires the students to take 90 credit hours of coursework. Of this total, 22 credits come from classes in Biblical Exposition, 18 in Systematic Theology, and 4 in Spiritual Life and Evangelism. 43 hours come from prescribed counseling courses, 3 from counseling electives, and students pursuing licensure in the State of Texas must complete 2 additional hours under department direction. There is no required thesis.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: Hybrid

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    Accreditation & Licensing

    Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

    Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

    Dallas Theological Seminary is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award master's and doctoral degrees. Additionally, Dallas Theological Seminary is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, and the following degree programs are approved: MA in Christian Education, MA in Biblical Exegesis and Linguistics, MA in Cross-Cultural Ministries, MA in Christian Leadership, MA in Biblical Counseling, MA in Media and Communication, MA (Biblical Studies), MA (Christian Studies), DMin, DEdMin, ThM, STM, PhD.


    The qualifying degree for a master's level program is a baccalaureate degree, or its equivalent, conferred by a regionally accredited college or university. Exceptions to this requirement are limited. Dallas Theological Seminary enrolls men and women who:

    • Show evidence of saving faith in Christ
    • Are of proven Christian character
    • Are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts

    Adhere to the following doctrines:

    • The authority and inerrancy of Scripture
    • The Trinity
    • Christ's full deity and humanity
    • The spiritual lostness of the human race
    • Christ's substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection
    • Salvation by faith alone in Christ alone
    • The physical return of Christ.

    School Overview

    In 1924 a group of students met to study under the noted Bible teacher Dr. Lewis Sperry Chafer. This spiritual meeting and learning experience would later grow to become the Dallas Theological Seminary. In 1935 the Seminary pioneered the four-year Master of Theology (Th.M.) degree. The Th.M. focuses on the same theological courses offered in other three-year programs with an emphasis in systematic theology, Hebrew and Old Testament exegesis, Greek and New Testament exegesis, and Bible exposition. Over the years the seminary grew to incorporate other programs centered on the spiritual world.

    There are now Master of Arts degrees and a Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program to provide pastoral training for students. All programs are intended to prepare students for their future career endeavors—be it teacher, pastor, or other spiritual role, with curricula centered on God and his Word. DTS offers three 100% online programs, two of which are also offered in Chinese. In addition, students can do up to 2/3 of the ministry master’s degrees online in a hybrid format.


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