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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.

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 121 credit hours of academic studies, students are required to fulfill the Leadership in Action requirement.

Outcomes
  • Educate (Comprehensive Understanding of Psychological and Theological Integration): Students will have a comprehensive understanding of the integration between psychology and Christian theology.
  • Equip (Skills for Practical and Empathetic Engagement): Students will have the necessary skills to foster spiritual, mental, emotional, and relational growth in themselves and others.
  • Empower (Preparation for Advanced Studies and Non-Clinical Practice): Students will have a strong foundation for pursuing advanced degrees in counseling or related fields.

Time & Cost

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

The B.A. Christian Counseling degree requires 40 courses + Student Orientation (or 121 credit hours), which can be completed in 4 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online).  Manna U’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.

2024 - 2025 Undergraduate Tuition Rate

$230 per credit hour

Fees

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

Courses

Full details can be found in the most recent academic catalog.

Student Orientation

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 107 Undergraduate Student Orientation 1

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

General Studies Nonelectives

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

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
ENG 111 College Writing 3
ENG 112 Research for Writing 3
HST 110 World History I: World History to 1500 3
HST 120 World History II: World History Since 1500 3
MIS 301 Cultural Anthropology 3
MTH 211 College Mathematics 3
SCI 310 Biology 3
Total Credit Hours: 21

 

Personal Formation Nonelectives

Students Must Complete All Six Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 201 Spiritual Formation 3
LEA 220 Mentoring and Coaching 3
Total Credit Hours: 6

Bible & Theology Electives

Select Any Twelve Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
BIB 301 Synoptic Gospels 3
BIB 302 Pauline Epistles and Leadership 3
BIB 303 Book of Romans 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
HUM 110 Survey of Biblical Literature 3
THE 103 Introduction to Apologetics 3
THE 104 Apologetic Issues for Cross-Cultural Engagement 3
THE 201 Systematic Theology I 3
THE 202 Systematic Theology II 3
THE 300 Writings of the Church 3
Total Credit Hours: 12

 

General Studies Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 110 General Psychology 3
CNS 120 Human Growth & Development 3
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
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 201 The Writings of C.S. Lewis 3
HST 302 History of Great Leaders 3
HST 320 History of Missions 3
HUM 101 Introduction to Fine Arts 3
HUM 130 Communicating to Oral Cultures 3
LEA 201 Ethics 3
MTH 230 Introduction to Statistics 3
PHL 101 Philosophy and Worldview 3
PHL 102 World Religions 3
Total Credit Hours: 9

Open Electives

Select Any Nine Credit Hours

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CLG 145 Leadership Practicum I (a) 1.5
CLG 146 Leadership Practicum I (b) 1.5
CLG 211 Church Life 3
CLG 247 Leadership Practicum II (a) 1.5
CLG 248 Leadership Practicum II (b) 1.5
CLG 270 Facilitating Leadership and Growth in Others 3
CLG 282 Personal Growth and Leadership 3
CLG 351 Changing the World by Making Disciples/Mentoring 3
CLG 401 Pastoral Ministry 3
CLG 410 Homiletics 3
CLG 480 Church Growth 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
CNS 220 Psychology of a Leader 3
CNS 230 Research Methods 3
CNS 302 Marriage & Family in Society 3
ELE 104 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 105 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 106 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 107 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
ELE 108 Transfer/Substitution Elective 3
GRK 305 Greek I(a) 1.5
GRK 306 Greek I(b) 1.5
LEA 210 Christian Leadership 3
LEA 310 Introduction to Organizational Leadership 3
LEA 330 Foundations of Marketing 3
MIS 130 Concepts in Leading Short-Term Missions 3
MIS 200 Missions and the Local Church 3
MIS 201 World Missions 3
MIS 202 Intercultural Communication I: General Focus 3
MIS 311 Intercultural Communication II: Middle East Focus 3
MIS 312 Intercultural Communication II: U.S. Indigenous Populations Focus 3
PHL 120 Philosophy of Leading Teams 3
Total Credit Hours: 9

 

 

Program Nonelectives

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

Course Number Course Name Credit Hours
CNS 110 General Psychology 3
CNS 120 Human Growth & Development 3
CNS 130 Introduction to Counseling 3
CNS 201 Counseling I 3
CNS 230 Research Methods 3
CNS 301 Counseling II 3
CNS 302 Marriage & Family in Society 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
ENG 495 Senior Seminar & Capstone 3
Total Credit Hours: 42

Admissions

To become a student at Manna U, 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 for Undergraduate Applicants, and a minimum 2.7 GPA is preferred for Graduate Applicants).

Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to registrar@manna.edu, or a paper copy can be sent to our mailing address:

Manna University
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
PMB 106
Fayetteville, NC 28314

All applicants applying for admission to one of Manna U’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by Manna U’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.

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

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling grant me a license to be a clinical counselor?

    The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling does not grant licensure. A Master’s Degree is required to pursue licensure.

  • Does the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling prepare me for graduate work in the Counseling field?

    Yes. Our Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling program is designed as a rigorous program to prepare for graduate study.

  • What can I do with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling degree?

    The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling offers solid preparation for graduate study in Counseling or a related field, but also offers foundational training for those serving in non-clinical counseling environments, such as lay counseling in a church setting.

  • What is the difference between a Counseling degree and a Christian Counseling degree?

     Our Christian Counseling degree offers education in Counseling from a distinctly Biblical worldview. 

  • Are there any GPA requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling Program?

     Yes. To continue in the program, students must complete CNS 130- Introduction to Counseling, CNS 201- Counseling I, and CNS 301- Counseling II and earn a final grade of “B” or higher in order to remain in the program. Students who fail to do so may either retake the necessary course(s) or switch to a different Undergraduate program.  

Student Story

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.”

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 Manna U can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.

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