Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Online Degree Program

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Online Degree Program

Admission Requirements  |  Program Format  |  Potential Careers  |  Cognates

Provide Biblical Guidance and Counsel by Earning a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling Degree Online

The Master’s in Pastoral Counseling is a degree that will travel far in an imperfect world. Our non-licensure Pastoral Counseling Degree is a great option for professionals just entering the field with a desire to help people work through life’s challenges.

The School of Behavioral Sciences’ Department of Community Care & Counseling seeks to offer life-changing degrees to prepare people-helpers to serve better care seekers who struggle with the basic challenges of life in a way that addresses the physical, psychological, spiritual, and relational needs.

Why Liberty’s Master's in Pastoral Counseling?

Liberty’s professors are chosen with your future in mind. As you pursue a degree in Pastoral Counseling online, you will learn from professors that began with your same passion. All faculty hold terminal degrees and many of faculty hold professional positions in ministry and agency-based settings. You will learn from their vast years of experience, combined with your knowledge, to grow in practice and leadership. We desire to help you become more effective and efficient in the shaping process of lives around the world.

The Master’s in Pastoral Counseling is offered completely online, allowing you to remain active in your job, with your family, and in your community without the worry of having to take courses on campus. 

What Will You Learn in a Pastoral Counseling Degree from Liberty?

Our courses in the Pastoral Counseling Master’s degree seek to help meet the needs of a hurting world by equipping students to direct individuals asking for biblical guidance. Every course in our Pastoral Counseling program provides insight into how to best navigate ministry’s highly relational network. As a whole, this degree helps students become more biblically responsible, relationally wise, and ministry savvy.

The M.A. in Pastoral Counseling online degree program allows students to focus on areas of interest with cognate courses taken beyond the foundational courses. Numerous cognates are available to address broad needs in ministry and agency-based fields such as Addictions and Recovery, Community Chaplaincy; Discipleship and Church Ministry; Leadership; Life Coaching; Marriage and Family; Military; Pastoral Counseling; Theology; Crisis Response and Trauma; Family Advocacy, and Public Policy.

Other Highlights of Liberty’s Online M.A. in Pastoral Counseling

  • By earning your Master’s in Pastoral Counseling from a non-profit 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 our Master’s degree 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 complete the Online Masters in Pastoral Counseling in about two years.

  • Students benefit from networking opportunities with other professionals in the program from around the country.

Online Pastoral Counseling Featured Courses

As a student in the M.A. in Pastoral Counseling Program, you will take foundational courses designed to equip you with a biblical worldview as you study human behavior and the application of helping skills. Three courses play an important role in grounding this degree:

You may also be interested in exploring our master degrees in Addiction CounselingHuman Services CounselingMarriage, and Family, or Professional Counseling.

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)
    • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).

Program Format

  • 100% Online*

  • 36 total hours

  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may if approved and allowable.

  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.

  • Visit the School of Behavioral Sciences

*Optional Intensives are available

Potential Career Options with your Degree in Pastoral Counseling

  • Associate Pastor

  • Church Counselor

  • Non-licensed Counselor


Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling students are required to choose a cognate.