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Marriage & Family: M.A. in Pastoral Counseling

Residential Program for the MA in Pastoral Counseling: Marriage & Family

Get the skills and knowledge you need to counsel families and couples in a variety of ministry and/or agency-based settings with the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family degree. From newly married couples to families with teenage children, you’ll learn how to help families at all stages overcome challenges and fulfill God’s purpose for them.

Courses for this degree will introduce you to the theories and skills required to provide pastoral crisis intervention and counseling. And, they’ll also help you develop the skill sets to address specific psychological issues that apply to men, women, and children throughout their lifespan.

Learn from professors who have years of experience in licensed professional counseling and/or pastoral counseling and ministry. Many of our faculty members currently hold professional positions in secular, ministry, and agency-based settings.

Please note that while the marriage and family area of study may allow you to apply for some Christian counseling certifications, the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is not designed to fulfill any requirements for state-licensed professional counseling. You can view Liberty University’s licensure-track Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree for more information about counseling licensure.


Academics for the MA in Pastoral Counseling: Marriage & Family

Marriage & Family Courses You Could Take

  • Premarital & Marital Counseling (PACO 603)
  • Counseling the Adolescent and Their Families (PACO 620)
  • Healthy Sexuality (PACO 625)
  • Counseling Women (PACO 687)

Career Opportunities for Marriage & Family: M.A. in Pastoral Counseling Graduates

  • Church/pastoral counselor
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Lay Church Counseling
    • Chaplaincy
    • Agency-based settings