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Master of Arts in Religion Pastoral Counseling Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8 Week
Transfer Credits
Up to 50% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
May 13, 2019
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Provide Biblical Guidance and Counsel by Earning a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling Degree Online

The Master’s in Pastoral Counseling is a degree that will travel far in an imperfect world. Our non-licensure Pastoral Counseling degree is a great option for professionals just entering the field with a desire to help people work through life’s challenges. The School of Behavioral Sciences’ Department of Community Care & Counseling seeks to offer life-changing degrees to prepare people-helpers to serve better care seekers who struggle with the basic challenges of life in a way that addresses the physical, psychological, spiritual, and relational needs. 

Why Choose Liberty’s Masters in Pastoral Counseling Degree?

Liberty’s professors are chosen with your future in mind. As you pursue a degree in Pastoral Counseling online, you will learn from professors that began with your same passion. All faculty hold terminal degrees and many of faculty hold professional positions in ministry and agency-based settings. You will learn from their vast years of experience, combined with your knowledge, to grow in practice and leadership. We desire to help you become more effective and efficient in the shaping process of lives around the world. The Master’s in Pastoral Counseling is offered completely online, allowing you to remain active in your job, with your family, and in your community without the worry of having to take courses on campus. 

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What Will You Learn in Our Pastoral Counseling Degree?

Our courses in the Pastoral Counseling degree seek to help meet the needs of a hurting world by equipping students to direct individuals asking for biblical guidance. Every course in our Pastoral Counseling degree program provides insight into how to best navigate a ministry’s highly relational network. As a whole, this degree helps students become more biblically responsible, relationally wise, and ministry savvy.

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Addictions and Recovery

Community Chaplaincy

Crisis Response & Trauma

Discipleship and Church Ministry

Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future

Dobson Center Marriage and Family

Dobson Center Parent & Child/Adolescent


Life Coaching

Marriage and Family

Military Resilience

Pastoral Counseling


Highlights of Liberty’s Online M.A. in Pastoral Counseling Degree

  • By earning your Master’s in Pastoral Counseling degree from a nonprofit 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 our Master’s in Pastoral Counseling degree 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 nonprofit university. 

  • You can complete our online Master’s in Pastoral Counseling degree in about two years.

  • You will benefit from networking opportunities with other professionals in the program from around the country.

    You may also be interested in exploring our master degrees in Addiction CounselingHuman Services CounselingMarriage and Family Therapy, or Professional Counseling.


Potential Career Options with your Degree in Pastoral Counseling

  • Associate Pastor

  • Church Counselor

  • Non-licensed Counselor

Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students from all over the world. Whether you are a current service member, discharged or retired from service, or the spouse of a service member or veteran, we are here to support you every step of the journey. As a thank you for your dedication and service to our country, Liberty is honored to serve and support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following benefits: 

  • Discounted tuition rate of $275 per credit hour at part-time
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Discounted Divinity Block Rate: $2475 per semester – only $165/credit at 15 credit hours!*

*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling are charged at the part-time rate.

Pastoral Counseling Degree Program Information

Admission Requirements for the MA in Pastoral Counseling

A regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 or above cumulative combined GPA is required for admission in good standing. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information. 

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Unofficial college transcripts and submit a transcript request form.**
  • Proof of English proficiency

*There is no upfront application fee; however, a deferred $50 application fee will be assessed during financial check-in. This fee is waived for qualifying service members, veterans, and military spouses – documentation verifying military status is required.

**An official transcript is needed within 60 days of acceptance or before non-attendance drops for the first set of matriculated classes, whichever comes first.