Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Leadership Online Degree Program

MA Pastoral Counseling - Leadership

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Become a Leader in Your Counseling Role by Earning a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Leadership

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is designed to train ministry professionals and church leaders to become biblical counselors in Christian ministries and agency-based, non-licensure settings. Students in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will study psychology and the Christian understanding of human nature and God’s creation that informs biblical counseling. The online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling provides a balanced treatment of spiritual and mental health guidance which will equip ministry professionals already in the field or students who want to move into a Christian Counseling role.

The Leadership area of study for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will equip Christian counselors to handle the administrative and organizational challenges faced by church leaders and ministry professionals. Students who find themselves unexpectedly called to leadership in biblical counseling or those who want to take on more ministry responsibility will benefit from the practical and field-tested Christian leadership methods of the Leadership area of study.


Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Leadership?

If you are already a ministry professional but lack the training to help people struggling with spiritual and mental health crises, completing an online Christian counseling degree like the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will help fill in the gaps by building upon your ministry experience to support your Christian counseling and pastoral care. If you want to branch out into a Christian counseling role, the field-specific training and biblical counseling techniques in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will provide much-needed support for biblical counseling in a variety of settings.

The Leadership area of study for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling gives you the strategic planning and administrative skills to manage the day-to-day operation and proper planning of a successful Christian organization, whether that is a church or para-church ministry. Christian counselors who want to build a counseling ministry will gain the executive skills they need for effective leadership.

*Please note that the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is not designed to fulfill all clinical counseling requirements. You can view all of Liberty University’s licensure-track Professional Counseling degree below for more information about counseling licensure.


What are the Benefits of Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling?

  • Unlike many online bible colleges or online seminary programs, students who complete the online Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Degree will receive a degree fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Study a balanced perspective on the theological principles that underlie psychology, giving you effective Christian counseling technique with a firm biblical worldview.
  • If you choose to take advantage of the optional on-campus intensives, you will have additional hands-on training and meet directly with your peers and professors.
  • Gain marketable real-world experience in crisis response and trauma therapy by helping people in your community with the pastoral counseling internship.
  • Because Liberty University is a Christian college, the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is overseen by the School of Behavioral Sciences but still receives the School of Divinity’s discounted graduate tuition of $395 per credit for part-time, as well as the Online Seminary’s Block Rate: students attending full time or higher (9-15 credit hours) are eligible for a block rate of $2,750 per semester!*


*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Online are charged at the part-time rate.


What Will You Learn in the Online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Leadership?

The online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling provides a broad set of foundational Christian counseling skills and knowledge along with field-specialized topic courses and hands-on skill areas. Students who pursue biblical counseling training in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will learn how the science of psychology reflects biblical principles of personhood and human nature, and how mental health treatment benefits from spiritual health. Students in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will have the opportunity to pursue hands-on training on campus during two optional intensives, and all pastoral counseling students will gain experience in their own communities through the pastoral counseling internship.

The Leadership area of study for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling emphasizes biblical leadership and administrative skill sets needed for effective ministry organization. Students in the Leadership area of study will learn from the example of great Christian leaders of the past and present and receive a thorough education in the Biblical Foundations of Leadership, as well as practical training in Team Leadership and Conflict Resolution to prevent disagreements and conflicts from undermining important ministry work.


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M.A. Pastoral Counseling - Leadership Program Highlights

  • By earning your online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree 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 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. 
  • Students are able to complete the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Leadership in as little as one year.
  • Liberty University’s Online Seminary, the Rawlings School of Divinity, has experienced Christian counselors and ministry professionals who teach practical ministry skills while imparting deep theological teaching.
  • Learn from renowned Christian scholars and ministry professionals in the Liberty University School of Divinity, such as Dr. Elmer L. Towns, Dr. Harold Willmington, and Dr. Gary R. Habermas.
  • Develop broad experience in Christian counseling and pastoral care to address mental and spiritual health issues in your ministry or biblical counseling practice.
  • Be equipped to handle challenges in leading ministry organizations, whether they are churches or para-church ministry organizations, large or small.

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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 military-friendly benefits for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program:

  • The discounted tuition rate of $275 per credit hour at part-time
    • Discounted Divinity Block Rate: $2475 per semester - only $165/credit at 15 credit hours!*
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.
     

*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling are charged at the part-time rate.


Pastoral Counseling Program Format

  • 100% Online with optional Intensives
  • 36 total hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable.
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year, and no set login times.

M.A. Pastoral Counseling - Leadership Degree Information and Requirements

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Potential Career Options with a Degree in Pastoral Counseling - Leadership

  • Associate Pastor
  • Lay Ministry Leader
  • Church Counselor
  • Life Coach
  • Outpatient Care Counselor
     

Students who complete a degree in Christian counseling like the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will be equipped for ministry-based, non-licensure counseling roles in many areas including marriage and family counseling, addiction counseling, and counseling women. Graduates of the Leadership area of study will be better equipped for ministry leadership positions and the organization and management of Christian counseling ministry. Students may also be able to pursue additional requirements for state licensure and pursue licensed clinical counseling practice.