Master of Arts
in Counselling

The MAC is a recognised degree by the
Singapore Association for Counsellors (SAC)
with effect from 8th February 2010.

Full-time studies for Master of Arts in Counselling takes two years. Part-time studies can stretch from 2.5 years to five years. It is advisable for part-time students to allot at least two days a week for readings and requirements. Part time studies would take 12 credits or less. Full time studies requires at least 15 credits and follows the required curriculum. The MAC equips one to be spiritually and clinically trained for professional counselling practice in churches, hospitals, schools and other settings.

Prerequisites for Programme Admission​

Academic Requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree from a recognized University or Bible College

English Language Requirements

  • ‘A’ Level: B4 in ‘AO’ level General Paper or
  • TOEFL: 550 pts (or 80 iBT) or
  • IELTS: 6.0 

General Requirements

  • At least 24 years old
  • Christian for at least 2 years
  • Evidence of involvement in ministry
  • Endorsement by church leadership

Graduation Requirements

  • Completion of 64 credit hours of studies 
  • Completion of  120 client-contact couselling hours, 60 hours of group supervision, 23 hours of individual supervision and 8 hours of personal therapy sessions
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5

Curriculum from Jul 2021 onwards

Year 1
First Semester Credit Hours
OT Survey 3
Christian Spirituality for Counsellors 2
Human Development 3
Introduction to Counselling Theories 2
Counselling Foundations and Practice of Listening Skills 3
Counselling Issues I - Common Problems 3
APA Referencing and Research Writing AU
Second Semester Credit Hours
NT Survey 3
Child & Adolescent Therapy 3
Social & Multi-cultural Issues in Counselling 2
Professional Ethics & Ethical Issues 2
Counselling Issues II-Trauma and Crisis Counselling 3
Psychopathology 2
Counselling Practicum M1 1
Year 2
First Semester Credit Hours
Doctrine I 3
Engaging World Religions 3
Marriage & Family Therapy I 2
Integration of Psychology & Theology 2
Group Therapy 2
On Being A Therapist 2
Counselling Practicum M2 2
Second Semester Credit Hours
Doctrine II 3
Therapeutic Approaches 2
Marriage & Family Therapy II 3
Gender & Sexuality: Counselling Perspectives 2
Psychological Assessment: Tests and Interpretation 2
Spiritual Direction & Mentoring 2
Counselling Practicum M3 2

All applicants will undergo psychological assessment and a panel interview with the SOC faculty as part of the entry process.

Blended Learning at SBC

At SBC, we seek to build up our community through blended learning: designing synchronous and asynchronous learning activities using both physical and online platforms. Students may expect to be enriched with a variety of face-to-face and online learning experiences during their studies at SBC.