Master of Arts in Religion Pastoral Counseling Online Degree Program

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. 

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 ministry’s highly relational network. As a whole, this degree helps students become more biblically responsible, relationally wise, and ministry savvy. The Master’s in Pastoral Counseling degree online program allows students to focus on areas of interest with specialization courses taken beyond the foundational courses. Numerous specializations are available to address broad needs in ministry and agency-based fields such as Addictions and Recovery, Community Chaplaincy; Discipleship and Church Ministry; Leadership; Life Coaching; Marriage and Family; Military; Pastoral Counseling; Theology; Crisis Response and Trauma; Family Advocacy, and Public Policy.

Online Pastoral Counseling Degree Featured Courses

As a student in the M.A. in Pastoral Counseling Program, you will take foundational courses designed to equip you with a biblical worldview as you study human behavior and the application of helping skills. Three courses play an important role in grounding this degree:

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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


Life Coaching

Marriage and Family

Dobson Center Marriage and Family

Military Resilience

Dobson Center Parent & Child/Adolescent

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: 

  • Tuition discounts – $275 for graduate (per credit-hour)
  • Additional discount for veterans who serve in a civilian capacity as an Emergency Responder (less than $625 per course).
  • Eight-week courses, eight different start dates each year and no set login times.

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*
  • Official college transcripts; if not available, submit a transcript request form.
  • Proof of English proficiency