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Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling

This program prepares students to research and address the mental, emotional, relational, and spiritual growth needs of people in clinical, academic, organizational, and church or mission settings.

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Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.

This program is designed for non-clinical biblical counseling in a church context. It does not provide licensure or counseling certifications. The B.A.C.C. program does provide a foundation for students who desire to pursue a master’s degree in counseling or other related fields. In addition to the 120 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.


Program Objectives

  • Enable students to evaluate psychological theories by the authority of Scripture, helping them to articulate accurate biblical perspectives empirically validated by the model of human psychology.
  • Enable students to understand the foundations of empirical research and the biological foundations of psychological experience.
  • Help students to foster a spiritual, mental, emotional, and relational view of self growth and others through practical exposure and training in outside agency work.

Time & Cost

Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt. 

The B.A. Christian Counseling degree requires 40 courses (or 120 credit hours), which can be completed in 4 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online).  GCD’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2020-2021 Undergraduate Tuition Rate = $200 per credit hour

Example Breakdown

Application Fee: $50

Semester 1

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Library card fee (one-time): $10
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,510

Semesters 2 - 10

Tuition for 4 courses (full-time): $2,400
Technology fee: $100 *

Total Fees: $2,500

*This is per semester.

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Graduation Fee: $100

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TOTAL COST: $25,160

Note: books and required class resources are not included in this breakdown, but can be estimated at $100 per course.  Tuition rates and fees are subject to change at the discretion of GCD’s Board of Directors.

Scholarships are available for students who do not use military education benefits or federal financial aid.


Full details can be found in the 2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

Leadership in Action
Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
LIA 101Leadership in Action (Eight Semesters)Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Nonelectives

B.A.C.C. Students Must Complete All Twenty-One Credit Hours


Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 100Destiny and Calling3
BIB 101Old Testament Survey3
BIB 103New Testament Survey3
BIB 104Hermeneutics3
BIB 201Writings of John3
THE 101Introduction to Theology3
THE 301Kingdom of God3
Total Credit Hours:21
Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
BIB 210Book of Hebrews3
BIB 301Synoptic Gospels3
BIB 302Pauline Epistles and Leadership3
BIB 303Book of Romans3
BIB 310Pastoral Epistles3
BIB 320Book of Jonah3
BIB 330Book of Revelation3
BIB 401Book of Mark3
BIB 4111 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation3
ELE 109Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
THE 103Introduction to Apologetics3
THE 201Systematic Theology I3
THE 202Systematic Theology I3
Total Credit Hours:12
General Studies Nonelectives

B.A.C.C. Students Must Complete All Thirty-Three Credit Hours


Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CNS 110General Psychology3
CNS 120Human Growth & Development3
CNS 230Research Methods3
CNS 302Marriage & Family in Society3
ENG 111College Writing3
ENG 112Research for Writing3
ENG 495Senior Seminar & Capstone3
HUM 130Communicating to Oral Cultures3
LEA 201Ethics3
MIS 301Cultural Anthropology3
MTH 211College Mathematics3
Total Credit Hours:33


General Studies Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
ELE 101Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ELE 102Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ELE 103Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ENG 101Effective Communication3
ENG 201The Writings of C.S. Lewis3
GRK 301Greek I3
HST 101Church History I3
HST 201Church History II3
HST 302History of Great Leaders3
HST 304Survey of Music History3
HST 320History of Missions3
LEA 202Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership3
LEA 310Introduction to Organizational Leadership3
PHL 101Philosophy and Worldview3
PHL 102World Religions3
SCI 301Creation Science3
SCI 310Biology3
Total Credit Hours:12
Leadership/Ministry Electives

Select Any Fifteen Credit Hours

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CLG 113Leadership Habits & Attitudes I3
CLG 114Leadership Habits & Attitudes II3
CLG 145Leadership Practicum I(a)1.5
CLG 146Leadership Practicum I(b)1.5
CLG 201Spiritual Formation3
CLG 211Church Life3
CLG 247Leadership Practicum II(a)1.5
CLG 248Leadership Practicum II(b)1.5
CLG 260Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I3
CLG 261Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II3
CLG 270Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others3
CLG 282Personal Growth and Leadership3
CLG 410Homiletics3
CNS 490Counseling Practicum I3
CNS 491Counseling Practicum II3
ELE 104Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
ELE 105Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval)3
LEA 210Christian Leadership3
LEA 220Mentoring and Coaching3
LEA 230Strategic Leadership3
LEA 240Research and Analysis for Leadership3
LEA 310Introduction to Organizational Leadership3
LEA 322Servant Leadership3
LEA 330Foundations of Marketing3
LEA 420Global and Cross Cultural Leadership3
LEA 440Collaborative Teams and Innovation3
LEA 460Social Entrepreneurship3
PHL 120Philosophy of Leading Teams3
Total Credit Hours:15
Program Nonelectives

B.A.C.C. Students Take the Following Courses as a Part of Their Major

Course NumberCourse NameCredit Hours
CNS 130Introduction to Counseling3
CNS 201Counseling I3
CNS 301Counseling II3
CNS 303Counseling III: Sexuality, Addiction, & Trauma3
CNS 310Abnormal Psychology3
CNS 401Marriage & Family Counseling3
CNS 403Counseling IV: Physiological & Social Psychology and Personality Theories3
CNS 490Counseling Practicum I3
CNS 491Counseling Practicum II3
Total Credit Hours:27


Admissions section: To become a student at GCD, follow these two steps:

1.  Complete an application, which includes:

  • A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
  • An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
  • A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
  • A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
    * applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.

2.  Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to, or by mail to our physical address:

Grace College of Divinity
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

If you are a student transfering from another college or university, click here for more information.

Olivia’s Story

Like most of today’s college students, Olivia leads a busy life. Fitting in time for studies was a challenge on top of work and serving in her local church, but she sensed the need to be more prepared for her calling.

“The BACC degree teaches a thorough view of Christian counseling as well as many biblical tools that can be incorporated into all types of counseling fields. I have truly enjoyed the classes that go with this degree as well as how I have been able to practically apply the information to ministry and work.”

Take Your Next Step

Flexible, Low-Cost Learning

Complete a degree without going into debt

69% of GCD students receive financial aid or scholarships, and the GI Bill is accepted. Our generous transfer credit policy helps students move quickly toward their degree. All of GCD’s certificates and degrees can be completed online.

Effective Leaders Bring Lasting Impact

Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at GCD can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.