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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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Overview

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.

Courses

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

Leadership in Action
Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
LIA 101 Leadership in Action (Eight Semesters) Pass/Fail
Bible & Theology Nonelectives

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

 

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 100 Destiny and Calling 3
BIB 101 Old Testament Survey 3
BIB 103 New Testament Survey 3
BIB 104 Hermeneutics 3
BIB 201 Writings of John 3
THE 101 Introduction to Theology 3
THE 301 Kingdom of God 3
Total Credit Hours: 21
Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 210 Book of Hebrews 3
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 3
BIB 310 Pastoral Epistles 3
BIB 320 Book of Jonah 3
BIB 330 Book of Revelation 3
BIB 401 Book of Mark 3
BIB 411 1 Peter: Socio-Rhetorical Interpretation 3
ELE 109 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology I 3
Total Credit Hours: 12
General Studies Nonelectives

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

 

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 110 General Psychology 3
CNS 120 Human Growth & Development 3
CNS 230 Research Methods 3
CNS 302 Marriage & Family in Society 3
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research for Writing 3
ENG 495 Senior Seminar & Capstone 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
Total Credit Hours: 33

 

General Studies Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ELE 101 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 102 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 103 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ENG 101 Effective Communication 3
ENG 201 The Writings of C.S. Lewis 3
GRK 301 Greek I 3
HST 101 Church History I 3
HST 201 Church History II 3
HST 302 History of Great Leaders 3
HST 304 Survey of Music History 3
HST 320 History of Missions 3
LEA 202 Critical Thinking & Problem Solving for Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
SCI 301 Creation Science 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 12
Leadership/Ministry Electives

Select Any Fifteen Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 113 Leadership Habits & Attitudes I 3
CLG 114 Leadership Habits & Attitudes II 3
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I(a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I(b) 1.5
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II(a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II(b) 1.5
CLG 260 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership I 3
CLG 261 Studies and Practices in Self-Leadership II 3
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
CNS 490 Counseling Practicum I 3
CNS 491 Counseling Practicum II 3
ELE 104 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
ELE 105 Transfer/Substitution Elective (with Approval) 3
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
LEA 230 Strategic Leadership 3
LEA 240 Research and Analysis for Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 322 Servant Leadership 3
LEA 330 Foundations of Marketing 3
LEA 420 Global and Cross Cultural Leadership 3
LEA 440 Collaborative Teams and Innovation 3
LEA 460 Social Entrepreneurship 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 15
Program Nonelectives

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

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
CNS 301 Counseling II 3
CNS 303 Counseling III: Sexuality, Addiction, & Trauma 3
CNS 310 Abnormal Psychology 3
CNS 401 Marriage & Family Counseling 3
CNS 403 Counseling IV: Physiological & Social Psychology and Personality Theories 3
CNS 490 Counseling Practicum I 3
CNS 491 Counseling Practicum II 3
Total Credit Hours: 27

Admissions

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 registrar@gcd.edu, 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.”

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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.

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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.