Bachelor of Theology in Biblical Counseling

The Bachelor of Theology in Biblical Counseling (ThB-BC) is a 120 credit hour degree completion program. This program is not designed to train students to become either a Licensed Clinical Social Worker or a Licensed Professional Counselor. Rather, this program is designed to afford students a rich understanding of theology and biblical counseling and to situate students to obtain certification by the Association of Certified Biblical Counselors (ACBC). While Forge Theological Seminary is not affiliated with ACBC, we recognize that ACBC possesses the most effective and reputable biblical counseling certification process. Students who have completed coursework will have surpassed ACBC's Phase 1 reading requirements and completed both the counseling and theology exams. Students will complete 42 credit hours of coursework. Additionally, students will complete the requirements for ACBC certification. FTS will recognize the completion of ACBC's requirements as the equivalent of 12 credit hours of study. Upon certification, FTS will award the degree. Students who gain admission with some college experience will be required to complete BIB100 and BIB102 unless these courses have been completed previously at another institution. 


I already possess ACBC certification, may I still complete the ThB-BC program?

  • Yes. Students who already possess certification may complete the ThB-BC coursework for degree completion. 

What if I don't desire to pursue certification?

  • Students who do not wish to pursue certification with ACBC may complete the coursework for a Undergraduate Certificate in Biblical Counseling. 

I don't have a an Associate's degree or any college credit. May I still apply for the ThB-BC program? 

  • Students who do not possess an Associate's degree or some college credit may complete the ThB-BC program as an Associate's program (ThA-BC). 

What is involved with certification?

  • ACBC certification involves three phases. Phase one entails a fundamentals training course which is comprised of thirty hours of lectures, one thousand pages of reading, and ten hours of observation. Phase two involves the completion of a theology and counseling exam and application. Phase three is comprised of fifty sessions of supervised counseling. Students should consult the ACBC website for more information. 

How long will certification take once I've completed the coursework?​

  • Students who have completed the ThB-BC coursework will have already met the reading requirement of phase one. Additionally, students will have already completed their exams and have them ready to submit once they enter phase two. How long the certification process takes depends upon a number of factors (e.g., availability of fundamentals training,  frequency of supervised counseling sessions). 

Why not just complete certification?

  • The ThB-BC program is designed to prepare students for the certification process as well as broaden and deepen their grasp of biblical studies, theology, and counseling. In short, ThB-BC students will be better prepared to face the challenges of ministry.

Are any of FTS' faculty certified by ACBC?

  • Yes, Michael R. Burgos possesses ACBC certification. 


Systematic Theology I (TH257)

Systematic Theology II (TH260)

Introduction to Biblical Evangelism (TH312)

Introduction to Reformed Theology (TH299)

Introduction to Biblical Counseling (TH636) (6 Credit Hours)

Theology of Biblical Counseling (TH637) (6 Credit Hours)

Introduction to Psychology (PSY700) (6 Credit Hours)

Issues in Counseling I (TH770) (6 Credit Hours)

Issues in Counseling II (TH772) (6 Credit Hours)

Issues in Counseling III (TH773) (6 Credit Hours)