Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Marriage and Family Online Degree Program

Online Masters in Pastoral Counseling - Marriage and Family

Admission Requirements  |  Program Format  |  Degree Requirements  |  Potential Careers


Help Heal Broken Marriages and Families by Earning Your Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family

If you have a natural inclination to help others through personal ministry or in agency-based settings, then Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Marriage and Family is for you! Our graduate degree in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family will equip you with the knowledge and skills critical for effectively counseling families and individuals in a variety of church and parachurch settings. This online degree is also a valuable option if you are seeking to further your education and counseling skills as an avenue for professional promotion. It is important to note that this is a non-licensure program that is suitable for ministry and agency-based professionals as well as students just entering the field.


Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family Online Program?

We want to provide you with a quality education while still maintaining the flexibility you need to juggle your commitments and education. For this reason, we created the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family to be a 100% online degree. Our Masters in Pastoral Counseling will provide you with an academic program designed with a biblical worldview of human behavior and application of helping skills for a non-licensure counseling role. Throughout our marriage and family cognate, you will master coursework and review literature in the field considered essential to the master’s level preparation of ministry-based workers who seek to offer services in areas such as addictions and recovery, pastoral counselor, marriage and family, leadership, and life coaching.

All faculty members who teach courses in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family online degree program hold terminal degrees as well as many with professional positions in ministry and agency-based settings. Each of our faculty members strives for graduates to be equipped to integrate a Christian worldview and commitment to biblical values within the counseling setting.


What Will You Learn in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family?

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family degree will allow you to focus on areas of interest with customized courses for your specific Pastoral Counseling degree specialization taken beyond the foundational courses. Each of the courses within the degree is designed to equip you with a biblical worldview of human behavior and the application of helping skills. Not only will you be introduced to the theories and skills required to provide pastoral crisis intervention and counseling, but you will also develop the skill sets to address specific psychological issues that apply to men, women, and children throughout their lifespan.

Three specific courses which play an important role in this degree are PACO 509 - Spiritual Formation in Pastoral Counseling, PACO 617 - Theories and Techniques in Pastoral Counseling, and PACO 699 Pastoral Counseling Internship. It is important to note that PACO 509 and PACO 617 are offered online and in one-week on-campus intensives. We highly recommended that you take PACO 509 and 617 in the intensives’ format as face-to-face interaction heightens the learning experience.


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Program Highlights

  • By earning your online M.A. in Pastoral Counseling  - Marriage and Family 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 can complete the Pastoral Counseling degree in Marriage and Family in under two years.

Accreditations and Awards

  • Our Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling ranked in the top ten list of Best Pastoral Counseling Master's Programs online according to TopCounselingSchools.org

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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 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).
    • Discounted Divinity Block Rate: $2475 per semester - only $165/credit at 15 credit hours!*
  • 8-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.
     

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


Pastoral Counseling Program Format

  • 100% Online* 
  • 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.
     

*Optional Intensives are available


Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family Online Degree Information and Requirements

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Potential Career Options in Pastoral Counseling

  • Church counselor
  • Non-licensed counselor
  • Military chaplain
  • Pastoral Counselor
     

After completing our degree in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family, graduates will have the opportunity to obtain or advance their positions in ministry, lay church counseling, chaplaincy, and local agency-based settings.