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M.A. in Religion: Pastoral Counseling

Master of Arts in Religion – Pastoral Counseling

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Residential Master’s Degree in Religion: Pastoral Counseling

Develop your skills so you can effectively minister to the needs of individuals and families with a Master of Arts in Religion, Pastoral Counseling (M.A.R.) degree from Liberty University.

The Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) provides foundational instruction in discipleship ministry, sermon preparation, and practical ministry skills. And with the Pastoral Counseling cognate, you’ll learn the psychological theories and counseling techniques necessary for offering godly advisement. Get instruction on the integration of psychology with theology, premarital and marital therapy, and spirituality in counseling.

This program benefits pastors and ministry leaders who seek a firm scriptural foundation for service in Christian ministry. It also lays the groundwork for potential advanced studies in a program like the 75-hour Master of Divinity.

Explore Scripture and the essential truths of Christianity with this degree, and graduate ready to continue your education or enter the ministry.

The M.A. in Religion (M.A.R.): Pastoral Counseling degree is also offered online

Academics: M.A.R.: Pastoral Counseling

Credit Hours

60 total credit hours


Program of Study (DCP)

Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.): Pastoral Counseling (DCP)

Courses in Pastoral Counseling

  • Discipleship Ministries (DSMN 500)
  • Contemporary Evangelism (EVAN 525)
  • Integration of Psychology & Theology (PACO 506)
  • Premarital & Marital Counseling (PACO 603)

Career Opportunities With an M.A.R. Degree

  • Associate Pastor
  • Church Education Administrator
  • Lay Ministry Leader
  • Missionary
  • Teaching Pastor