Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies, Biblical Counseling Specialization

Specialization Learning Outcomes

Similar to other biblically based counseling degrees, this emphasis consists of a study of the principles and aspects of biblical counseling, and is designed to prepare God’s people to meet counseling related needs wherever they exist with the sufficient and superior resources God provides. The course of study trains students to counsel people in the local church. It emphasizes the proper interpretation and specific application of Scripture in ministering to people.
Recognized by the International Association of Biblical Counselors (, this emphasis in Biblical Counseling will teach you how to understand and apply God’s Word with skill, integrity, authority, and compassion. This Biblical Counseling program equips pastors, teachers, missionaries, elders, deacons, youth pastors, chaplains, college administrators, Christian business owners and employees, guidance counselors, and people who work with children’s homes, the elderly, rescue missions, homeless shelters, crisis pregnancy centers, and crisis hot lines.
At Calvary Chapel University, we believe the Holy Scripture is true and complete and should serve as the authoritative standard for the counseling of all soul problems. The effective Biblical Counseling Certificate prepares students from diverse backgrounds to provide practical, straight-forward counseling that is Christ-centered, salvation-centered, church-centered, Holy Spirit empowered and Bible-centered. 
In the Bachelor of Arts degree program, students develop an understanding of biblical counseling methods and the issues Christians encounter, and apply these understandings practically in human experience. They complete several hours of observation in biblical counseling.

Program Structure

To complete a Bachelor of Arts in Biblical Studies with a specialization in Biblical Counseling, students must complete the following Course Requirements.

General Education Requirements

Course ID

Course Name


BIB101 Introduction to the Old Testament 3
BIB102 Introduction to the New Testament 3
BIO102 Science and the Bible 3
ENG101 Grammar & Composition 3
HIS111 Church History 3
MATH111 College Mathematics 3
APO212 World Religions 3
HIS102 American Foundations 3
COM101 Principles of Speech 3
THE220 Christian Ethics 3
ART101 Survey of the Fine Arts 3
PHIL101  Philosophy  3
  Electives* 24
Total Credits: 60

Bible and Specialization Requirements

Course ID

Course Name


APO201 Introduction to Apologetics 3
THE401 Principles of Faith 3
 THE219 Biblical Interpretation 3
THE301 Doctrine of the Bible 3
BIB203 The Gospels 3
BIB204 Genesis 3
BIB205 Hebrews 3
BIB206 Isaiah 3
BIB235 Daniel / Revelation 3
BIB271 Acts 3
BIB274 Romans 3
MIN301 Christian Missions 3
BC201 Biblical Counseling 3
BC212 Theology of Counseling 3
BC213 Methods of Biblical Change 3
BC214 Marriage & Family Counseling 3
BC215 Issues in Christian Living 3
BC216 Psychology contrasted with the Bible 3
BC217 Hermeneutics of Biblical Counseling 3
BC250 Counseling Practicum  3
Total Credits: 60
Course Requirements – Total Credits: 120

*Students may select any 3-credit undergraduate courses offered at CCU in fulfillment of the electives requirement.

Competency Assessment

Applicant’s skills and competencies to succeed in a distance education environment are assessed prior to acceptance via official transcripts, the online application, and required admission materials including a personal testimony to determine spiritual readiness.

Online Instructional Methods

Courses are disseminated 100% online through This program will use instructional methods such as, but not limited to: video lectures, reading and writing assignments, discussion boards, quizzes, and tests.

Online Grading Practices

Final tests or examinations are course specific and assessed with a rubric. Passing grades are determined by each instructor and stated in the course syllabus. Within 48 hours of submitting assignments, work is evaluated and a grade is posted in the online course grade book. Students have access to view their personal grades at any time. There is no mailing of institutional responses or evaluations of students’ work. All grading and communication with students is conducted within Populi, the online operating system.

Graduation Requirements

CCU awards a diploma to students who are in good standing upon the satisfactory completion of all degree requirements, as listed in the University Catalog for the year during which the student first enrolled.

To be eligible for a diploma, a student must:

  • Complete the approved program  through Calvary Chapel University
  • A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00
  • Meet all University financial obligations.

Note: No grade below a C- will be applied toward a degree program at Calvary Chapel University. Please submit a Graduation Application to the Registrar’s Office at the beginning of the final semester. In order for you to receive your diploma all financial obligations must be met.