MA in Pastoral Counseling — Marriage & Family

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M.A. in Pastoral Counseling — Marriage and Family

What You Will Learn

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

Mental health professionals are in high demand. Organizations, businesses, and churches need Christ-centered counselors to provide biblically-based services for community betterment. 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 the perfect degree option for you!

Our graduate degree in pastoral counseling with a specialization in marriage and family will equip you with the knowledge and skills that are critical for effectively counseling families and individuals in a variety of church and para-church 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.

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

Each of the courses within our marriage and family degree is designed to equip you with a biblical worldview of human behavior and the application of helping skills. You will be introduced to the theories and skills required to provide pastoral crisis intervention and counseling, as well as knowledge on how 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 Spiritual Formation in Pastoral Counseling, Theories and Techniques in Pastoral Counseling, and Pastoral Counseling Internship.

You will also integrate biblical perspectives into a pastoral outlook on counseling, as well as acquire knowledge in:

  • Premarital and marital counseling
  • Counseling adolescents and their families
  • Healthy sexuality

Provided in a flexible and affordable, 100% online degree format, you can customize our online M.A. degree in marriage and family for your convenience. You may also be interested in exploring our master’s degrees in addiction counseling, human services counseling, or professional counseling.

MA in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family Program Highlights

As a leader in distance education since 1985, we understand what it takes to create a flexible and affordable education for busy people. Since we have been investing in distance and online learning for decades, our experience has taught us how to streamline our degree options so you can focus on what really matters to you. While many schools offer online degrees, we believe Liberty stands out.

Here’s what sets us apart:

  • By earning your master’s degree online from an accredited, nonprofit university whose online programs are ranked in the top five of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility, you can be confident your degree will be well-respected within your field.
  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in four straight years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university.
  • Liberty University values your previously earned college credit, training, military, and on-the-job experience. Visit to learn more about the transfer credit options that are available.
  • Gain hands-on experience in your own community with the online M.A. in Pastoral Counseling program’s internship.
  • You can complete our online M.A. degree in Pastoral Counseling degree with a specialization in marriage and family in a year and a half.

Military Benefits

Service is important to us, so whether you’re currently serving in the Armed Forces, have served, or are married to someone who serves, we’re here to serve you. Liberty’s military benefits are available to:

  • Active duty service members of the U.S. Armed Forces
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/retirees
  • Spouses of service members and veterans/retirees
  • Current Department of Defense employees

We are proud to support you in your pursuit of a flexible and affordable online education degree by offering you the following benefits:

  • Tuition discounts –$275 per credit hour for graduate courses
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)
  • Discounted divinity block rate: $2,475 per semester – only $165/credit at 9-15 credit hours*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set log-in times

*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the master’s of pastoral counseling – leadership degree program are charged at the part-time rate.

Potential Career Options in Pastoral Counseling

Upon completion of this master’s degree, you can pursue careers in many areas, including:

  • Chaplaincy
  • Church counseling
  • Marriage and family counseling



Credit Hours


Years (Avg.)

Class Type

100% online, 8-week courses

Transfer Credits

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Next Start Date

Jan 13, 2020


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As an accredited Christian college with a 7,000+ – acre campus in Lynchburg, Virginia, Liberty University offers you an education that is both academically challenging and rooted in a biblical worldview.

At Liberty, you’ll benefit from 30+ years of learning, growing, adapting, and innovating for the distance learner — and more than a decade of researching the needs of the online student. You can be confident that we’ve taken the time to learn what’s important to you.

And what’s that?

  • Affordability
  • Accessibility
  • Academic Quality

These important factors challenged us to find new financial solutions, get ahead of industry trends, and blaze trails into cutting-edge career fields — and it’s paid off. That’s the difference experience makes.

We’re now ranked in the top 1% of online schools and universities for affordability, accessibility, and academic quality.

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Choose from a wide variety of programs at the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level, most of which are 100% online*. With an 8-week format and 8 start dates per year, it’s easy to fit your courses around your schedule!

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Start and finish your degree faster! Liberty requires no standardized testing for admission, and you can transfer previous course credit — transfer in up to 75% of a bachelor’s degree and up to 50% of a master’s degree — or discover how your life, career, or military experience may count toward your college degree.

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All of our courses are taught from a Christian perspective and our faculty sees themselves as mentors. Our mission is to Train Champions for Christ — we’re committed to championing you as you study to go further in your field, become a leader in your industry, or start a new career.

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Throughout your educational journey you will have access to academic resources that will aid in the completion of your degree. Services include our online library, writing center, tutoring, study aids, IT assistance, 30+ tutorial videos, live webinars, and personalized help from our academic advising team.

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While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a non-profit university and has not increased tuition in four straight years. Lower tuition means less student loan debt for students.

For Liberty University, nonprofit is more than a status; it is the valuable opportunity to invest in the lives of students who will go out and impact the world.

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Tuition Comparison

Tuition amounts are for an entire degree and all tuition rates and credit hour requirements are based on data published on competitor’s websites as of 11/28/18. Therefore, this information is believed but not guaranteed to be accurate. All tuition data and credit hour requirements are for online programs. Individual institutions may charge additional fees above published tuition costs. Rates are subject to change.


Financing Options

Financial Aid

87% of all Liberty students in an online program are awarded financial aid.

Corporate Tuition Assistance

Deferred – If your company reimburses you for the cost of your education, you submit your grades to your employer who pays you, and then you pay for your classes.

Tuition Discounts

Qualified military service members, veterans, and their spouses can receive up to 55% off their tuition rate for eligible programs!

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