Bachelor of Biblical Counseling

If you believe God is calling you to bring hope, freedom, and identity to a hurting world, our Bachelor of Biblical Counseling degree has been designed to prepare you for ministry. TKU’s biblical counseling degree will teach you how to integrate psychological theories with biblical truths under the guidance of the Holy Spirit, as you are equipped for a career in Spirit-led, Christian counseling. Students who earn this degree go on to careers in freedom ministry, nonprofit service, biblical counseling in the local church, and more. This degree program is available online or on-ground (Southlake).


The Bachelor of Biblical Counseling degree offers two concentration paths. The Church and Community Care concentration will benefit students preparing for pastoral, ministerial, and lay counseling ministries within the local church, parachurch community agencies, and other organizations that provide supportive soul care, but do not require licensure from a state board. The Pre-Professional Counseling concentration will benefit students preparing for eventual professional counseling licensure by a state board. The electives are designed to provide a foundation for knowledge regarding research methods, basic statistics, neuroscience, and systemic application in the social science field.

Accelerated Track

The accelerated track for the Bachelor of Biblical Counseling into the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy allows students to complete both degrees in a shorter amount of time. Learn more in the “Program Options” tab at the bottom of the page.

Program Objectives

The Bachelor of Biblical Counseling degree seeks to:

  • Provide a solid biblical and theological foundation for the practice of biblical counseling;
  • Develop the personal and professional life of the student;
  • Provide basic knowledge and skills necessary for effective Christian counseling;
  • Integrate basic psychological theories with Scripture; and
  • This is a pre-professional program which seeks to prepare, equip and empower students for Christian counseling in the local church, or for graduate studies in counseling or Divinity.

Learning Outcomes

In addition to achieving success with the Undergraduate Core Curriculum Requirements Learning outcomes, upon completing this degree, students will be able to:

  • Apply a solid knowledge of Scripture with proper hermeneutical skills;
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the nature and theology of biblical counseling;
  • Identify the qualifying factors in a calling toward biblical counseling;
  • Explain how to equip the local church ministry in biblical counseling;
  • Develop a professional stance on the integration of biblical truth and psychological theory; and
  • Integrate a personal theology of psycho-spiritual growth.
Program Options
Total Hours 124
  • 15
  • 38
  • 54
  • 5
  • 9
  • 3
  • Christian Foundations 15 Hours
    • BIBM 1301 Spirit Formed Life 3
    • BIBH 1301 Pentecostal Charismatic Movements 3
    • BIBT 1304 Christian Worldview 3
    • BIBL 1300 Introduction to Bible 3
    • BIBL 2302 Life of Jesus 3
  • General Education 38 Hours
    • UNIV 1101 Student Success Strategies 1
    • ENGL 1301 English Composition I 3
    • ENGL 1302 English Composition II 3
    • COMS 2303 Public Speaking and Interpersonal Communication 3
    • History Elective 3
    • Math Elective 3
    • Behavioral Science Elective 3
    • Humanities Elective 3
    • Humanities Elective 3
    • Science Elective 4
    • BIBM 3302 Leadership Development 3
    • PHIL 2301 Christian Ethics 3
    • PHIL 3305 Philosophy and Christian Thought 3
  • Major 54 Hours
    • BIBL 1305 Old Testament Survey 3
    • BIBL 1306 New Testament Survey 3
    • BIBM 1302 Spirit Formed Ministry 3
    • BIBT 2303 To the Jew First 3
    • BIBL 2301 Biblical Background and Interpretation 3
    • BIBM 2305 Healthy Family Dynamics 3
    • BIBC 2301 Biblical Counseling 3
    • BIBC 3305 Counseling Skills 3
    • SOCI 3301 Human Development 3
    • BIBM 3314 Health and Wellness/Life Coaching 3
    • BIBC 3301 Counseling Theory 3
    • BIBC 4302 Substance Abuse and Addiction 3
    • BIBC 4305 Group Counseling 3
    • BIBC 4301 Crisis Counseling 3
    • BIBC 4310 Counseling Children and Adolescents 3
    • PSYC 4305 Personality Development 3
    • BIBM 4302 Senior Capstone Project 3
    • BIBM 4303 Senior Internship 3
  • Experiential Learning 5 Hours
    • BIBM 2101 Practicum Prep 1
    • BIBM 3201 Junior Practicum 2
    • BIBM 3201 Junior Practicum 2
  • Concentrations 9 Hours
    • *Classes may only be taken from one concentration
    • Church and Community Care OR Pre-Professional Counseling:
    • BIBT 2304 The Blessed Church OR BIBC 3315 Marriage and Family Therapy 3
    • BIBM 2304 Pastoral Ministry OR BIBC 3306 Neuropsychology 3
    • BIBC 3304 Counseling in the ChurchOR BIBC 4303 Research Methods and Statistics 3
  • Electives 3 Hours
    • Open Electives 3

Accelerated Track for Master of Marriage and Family Therapy
The accelerated track for the Bachelor of Biblical Counseling into the Master of Marriage and Family Therapy allows students to complete both degrees in a shorter amount of time. A total of twelve graduate credit hours may be taken by eligible juniors and seniors to apply towards both their bachelor and their master’s degree. The graduate courses that satisfy the undergraduate course requirements are:

Graduate Course Undergraduate Course
BIBC 5315 Advanced Human Development SOCI 3301 Human Development
BIBC 5303 Advanced Counseling Theories BIBC 3301 Counseling Theory
BIBC 5302 Advanced Crisis Counseling BIBC 4301 Crisis Counseling
BIBC 5314 Advanced Group Counseling BIBC 4305 Group Counseling


In order to apply for this accelerated track, the student must:

  • Be currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Biblical Counseling.
  • Have completed 60 undergraduate credit hours in the Bachelor of Biblical Counseling Program, including BIBC 3305 Counseling Skills, BIBC 2301 Biblical Counseling, and two courses from the Pre-Professional concentration.
  • Have a minimum GPA of 3.5.
  • Apply to the graduate school through the Office of Admissions with the following documents: autobiography, essay describing how this program would help them advance in their calling. The 3-4 pg. autobiography should include a) two or three life experiences that have shaped the student’s development, personality, and values; and b) how these experiences factor into their call to be a counselor.
  • Complete an interview and a statement of commitment with the BBC and MMFT director.

Students are restricted from taking any additional MMFT classes beyond the 12 dual credit until they have completed their bachelor’s degree.