Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling Online Program

Online Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling

Admission Requirements  |  Program Format  |  Certificate Requirements


Help Bring Healing to Your Community with the Online Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling

Liberty University’s 100% online Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling prepares you to bring healing and hope to your community through a biblical foundation in Christian counseling, ministry skills, and foundational biblical studies. The online Pastoral Counseling Graduate Certificate gives you an in-depth, concise overview of biblical counseling to prepare you for a variety of non-licensed counseling ministry roles. Through the online Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling, you will become equipped to serve as a staff servant leader involved in non-professional counseling to the church congregation and members of the community.

While learning the foundational training needed for pastoral counseling, you will be introduced to a solution-based model for short-term counseling that encompasses cognitive behavioral approaches, biblical teaching, and strong guidance skills. Our Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling program will guide you through foundational theological studies and explore how psychological and biblical concepts intertwine when addressing the mental and spiritual needs of people. You will also examine the counseling theories that have been developed by prominent Christian counselors and how to apply such theories to your experience. Liberty University’s online Pastoral Counseling certificate will give you a useful understanding of Christian counseling principles and psychological studies to ensure you are equipped for your ministry.


Why Choose Liberty’s Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling Online Program?

Liberty University’s 100% online Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling will provide you with opportunities to further your career while staying connected with your family, church, and community. You will be taught by professors who have real-world counseling ministry experience and teach practical skills within a theoretical framework to develop your knowledge and skills in the theological, psychological and biblical foundations of Christian counseling ministry.


What Will You Learn in the Online Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling?

Throughout our online Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling program, you will study a solutions-based model of Christian counseling that incorporates foundational biblical principles with mental health studies. You will work through a systematic overview of Christian doctrines and theological viewpoints for context while studying theories developed by prominent Christian counselors.

You may also be interested in taking the next step in your education with Liberty’s online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling.

Required Courses

  • PACO 500 – Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
  • PACO 506 – Integration of Psychology and Theology
  • PACO 507 – Theology and Spirituality in Counseling 

Program Highlights of the Online Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling Program

  • By earning your Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you will be set apart from others in your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs has not increased in three straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university. 
  • You can complete the online Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling in as little as one semester.

Military Benefits

Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Tuition discounts - $275 for graduate (per credit hour)
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Program Format

  • 100% online
  • 9 credit hours
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

Online Graduate Certificate in Pastoral Counseling Information and Requirements

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