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Master of Divinity: Pastoral Counseling

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Residential Master of Divinity: Pastoral Counseling

Acquire effective pastoral counseling strategies so you can serve the needs of your ministry and congregation. With a Master of Divinity (M.Div.): Pastoral Counseling, you will gain a deeper understanding of discipleship, evangelism, sermon preparation, and theology, all through a biblical and theoretical framework.

Gain a firm foundation in the psychological theories and counseling techniques you’ll need to offer sound, godly advice. In this program, you will receive instruction on the integration of psychology with theology, premarital and marital therapy, and spirituality in counseling.

The Master of Divinity (M.Div.) gives you the core values, knowledge, and skills you need to serve in professional Christian ministry effectively. This degree will prepare you through in-depth study of biblical leadership principles and strategies as well as intensive study of the Scriptures and essential truths of the Christian faith.

The program is profitable for pastors and ministry leaders who need a firm scriptural undergirding for service in Christian ministry. The M.Div. is the basis for most divinity doctoral programs.

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Liberty University’s Rawlings School of Divinity is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your divinity degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards. So you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations. Liberty University is also regionally accredited by SACSCOC.

Academics: M.Div.: Pastoral Counseling

Credit Hours

75 total credit hours


Program of Study (DCP)

Master of Divinity (M.Div.): Pastoral Counseling (DCP)

Courses in Pastoral Counseling

  • Discipleship Ministries (DSMN 500)
  • Contemporary Evangelism (EVAN 525)
  • Multicultural Issues in Pastoral Counseling (PACO 501)
  • Gerontology and Counseling (PACO 630)

Admissions Requirements & More

Find M.Div. in Pastoral Counseling admissions requirements, transfer information, and accreditation on the Residential Admissions site.

Career Opportunities in Pastoral Counseling

  • Senior pastor
  • Discipleship pastor
  • Church Counselor
  • Family Pastor