Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling


The Master of Arts in Biblical Counseling degree is designed to train you to serve as a counselor in local churches and other ministry settings.  You will be equipped with the necessary skills to assist those in need of Christ-centered counseling and/or pastoral care.

This graduate-level program, while not designed to prepare students for state licensure, will prepare you to serve as a non-licensed counselor in a variety of Christian and church contexts.

Students will complete a counseling practicum as part of the course requirements.  The practicum can occur in a variety of settings.

Quick Facts

  • Accredited with SACSCOC, TRACS, and ABHE
  • 36 hour graduate degree program
  • Can be accelerated for completion in 16-24 months
  • 97% of graduates report that a Luther Rice education improved the quality of their ministry experience
  • Transfer in up to 6 credit hours
  • Available 100% online or through a combination of online and on-campus classes
  • Tuition $238 per credit hour for campus-based courses and $362 for online courses
  • Includes practicum for hands-on learning


Our Master of Arts degrees are now a pathway to the PhD in Organizational Leadership and Doctor of Ministry degrees at Luther Rice. Visit the respective doctoral pages to learn more.

Program Introduction Video


Program Course Listings

Download the program course listings (PDF)

Potential Careers

  • Church Counselor
  • Ministry Staff
  • Lay Counselor
  • Jail/Prison Chaplain
  • Counseling Center
  • Youth & Family Pastor
  • Christian Counseling

Program Coordinator

Dr. Ann Kerlin

770-484-1204 ext.5688

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Dr. Kerlin personally anytime, or you can reach the Enrollment Team at or 770-484-1204 ext. 5758.