Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

Admission Requirements Program Format Specializations


Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
School of Behavioral Sciences


Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, 100% online program, prepares you to serve as a staff servant-leader involved in non-professional counseling of church members and others in a variety of ministry settings.Courses will provide you with a strong understanding of biblical counseling principles and strategies in order to better meet the needs of others. This degree program is well-suited for students looking to meet the requirements to serve as military chaplains for certain branches of the armed services.

You may also be interested in exploring our master degree in Addiction Counseling, Human Services Counseling, Marriage and Family, or Professional Counseling.


Program Format

*Optional Intensives are available


Specializations

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

  • Addictions & Recovery

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Addictions and Recovery, 100% online program, program will prepare you to serve in the local church in nonprofessional counseling roles, as well as in other ministry settings.
    In this program, you will learn to treat addictions, along with overseeing the recovery process from a Christian worldview.

    Courses will evaluate and cover a variety of topics including:

    • Additions and the recovery process.
    • Biological aspects of addiction and recovery.
    • Treatment and recovery process.
    • Diagnosis and treatment of sexual addiction.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Church Counselor
    • Non-licensed Counselor
    • Substance Abuse Counselor
    • Rehabilitation Specialist
       

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  • Community Chaplaincy

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Community Chaplaincy, 100% online program, will provide you the opportunity to study pastoral counseling techniques, marriage and family, crisis intervention and the value of community chaplaincy with a biblical worldview. You will build counseling techniques and skills with chaplaincy integration.

    You also will develop skills relevant in:

    • Chaplaincy ministry.
    • Chaplain ethics for advisement and pastoral care.
    • Community chaplaincy.

    Potential Career Fields
    • Military Chaplain
    • Non-licensed Counselor
    • Hospital Counselor
    • Prison Chaplain
       

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  • Crisis Response & Trauma

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Crisis Response and Trauma, 100% online program, will equip you to meet the needs of individuals, organizations, and groups who have experienced a trauma, disaster, or other crisis.You will obtain the skills to counsel individuals in a variety of situations-from post-traumatic stress disorder to natural or man-made disasters in addition to understanding how these events can shape someone’s identity or ability to cope with life.

    You will develop an understanding of:

    • Crisis and first responder training: skills and techniques.
    • Acute stress, grief and trauma.
    • P.T.S.D. and combat related trauma.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Chaplain
    • Church Counselor
    • Life coach
    • Pastor
    • Trauma Counselor
       

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  • Discipleship & Church Ministry

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Discipleship and Church Ministry, 100% online program, will prepare you to serve in a number of positions, both in the church and with other Christian ministries. You will be equipped with skills to understand and improve actions in ministry, discipleship and administration.

    Courses will evaluate and cover a variety of topics including:

    • Family discipleship.
    • Small group ministries.
    • Church Administration.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Chaplain
    • Church Counselor
    • Ministry Worker
    • Pastor
       

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  • Leadership

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Leadership, 100% online program, will provide you with practical tools to counsel and lead those in ministry. You will work on mission and vision planning for an organization or church while gaining the knowledge essential the prevent ministry failure or burnout.

    This program will train you to have a better understanding of:

    • Biblical foundations of leadership.
    • Team leadership and conflict resolution.
    • Mission vision and strategic planning.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Church Counselor
    • Human Services Specialist
    • Life Coach
    • Outpatient Care Counselor
    • Trauma Counselor
       

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  • Life Coaching

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Life Coaching, 100% online program, will provide you with a Biblical foundation to identify and address various situations and problems in individuals’ lives. You will focus on encouraging individuals to achieve their personal and professional goals through a variety of coaching  techniques.

    Courses will evaluate and cover a variety of topics including:

    • Advanced life coaching skills.
    • Health and wellness coaching.
    • Marriage coaching.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Administration
    • Church Counselor
    • Life Coach
    • Mental Health Services
    • Non-licensed Counselor
       

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  • Marriage & Family

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Marriage and Family, 100% online program, will equip you with the knowledge and skills critical for effectively counseling families and individuals in a variety of church and parachurch settings. You will integrate Biblical perspectives into a pastoral outlook on counseling.

    You will also expand your knowledge in:

    • Premarital and marital counseling.
    • Counseling the adolescent and their families.
    • Healthy sexuality.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Church Counselor
    • Non-licensed Counselor
    • Marriage and Family Counselor
    • Military Chaplain
       

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  • Marriage & Family Studies

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Marriage and Family Studies, 100% online program, is offered through the James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage, and Family Studies. The program’s curriculum features lectures and material from world-renowned psychologist, author, radio host, and family expert Dr. James C. Dobson. The goal of the program is to equip men and women with knowledge to positively impact the family and society.

    Courses will evaluate and cover a variety of topics including:

    • Discipline strategies to raise healthy kids.
    • Issues and strategies counseling children and adolescents.
    • Marriage and family systems.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Church Counselor
    • Non-licensed Counselor
    • Marriage and Family Counselor
    • Military Chaplain
       

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  • Military Resilience

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Military Resilience, 100% online program, is suited for individuals looking to minister to service members and their families. You will be equipped to work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, churches, community centers, and state agencies by taking courses that emphasize resilience of leaders and caregivers.

    Courses will evaluate and cover a variety of topics including:

    • Resilient marriage and family.
    • Military career and community transition.
    • Military mental and behavioral health.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Chaplain
    • Church Counselor
    • Family Counselor
    • Grief Services Specialist
    • Social Services Caseworker
    • Trauma Counselor
       

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  • Parent and Child/Adolescent

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Parent & Child/Adolescent, 100% online program, will expose you to biblical counseling principles and strategies to assist parents and children in a variety of situations and settings.  Biblical integration will provide a solid foundation of outreach to effectively work with adults and adolescents.

    You will be equipped with an understanding in:

    • Child and family development.
    • Parenting and multigenerational influence.
    • Human growth and lifespan development.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Case Worker
    • Child Advocate
    • Non-licensed Counselor
       

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  • Pastoral Counseling

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling-Pastoral Counseling, 100% online program, will give you a solid foundation from which to offer counsel based on biblical principles. The program will equip you to be a non-licensed counselor within the church, capable of providing guidance on a variety of issues.

    Courses will provide you with a foundation in:

    • Integration of psychology and theology.
    • Theology and spirituality in counseling.
    • Gerontology and counseling.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Associate Pastor
    • Church Counselor
    • Non-licensed Counselor
       

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  • Theology

    Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Theology, 100% online program, will provide you with the training to integrate theological principles with psychological knowledge to provide compassionate pastoral and counseling care. This training enables you to provide counsel and assistance in a variety of church and ministry settings. 

    Your skills will be enhanced through the examination of:

    • Doctrine of God.
    • Ethics and Christian ministry.
    • Systematic theology.
       
    Potential Career Fields
    • Church Counselor
    • Lay Pastor
    • Non-licensed Counselor
    • Teaching Pastor
       

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