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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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
PACO 509 – Spiritual Formation in Pastoral Counseling
PACO 617 – Theories and Techniques in Pastoral Counseling
PACO 699 - Pastoral Counseling Internship
You may also be interested in exploring our master degrees in Addiction Counseling, Human Services Counseling, Marriage, and Family, or Professional Counseling.
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:
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.
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*Optional Intensives are available
Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling students are required to choose a cognate.
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.
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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.
Potential Career Options
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.
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.
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Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future will provide you with practical tools to protect and train up children, educate families, and empower parents. Graduates of this program are equipped to provide godly counsel and assist in conflict resolution.
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.
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.
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.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Dobson Center 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 a 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.
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.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Dobson Center 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.
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.
Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling- Theology, 100% online program, will provide you with the training to integrate theological principles with the 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.