Master of Arts in Religion Pastoral Counseling Online Degree Program
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree
Next Start Date
Mar 16, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

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

The Master of Arts 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 and Counseling seeks to offer life-changing degrees to prepare people-helpers to better serve those who are seeking care and struggling with the basic challenges of life in a way that addresses physical, psychological, spiritual, and relational needs. 

Why Choose Liberty’s Master’s 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 who began with the same passion as you. All faculty members hold terminal degrees, and many also hold professional positions in ministry and agency-based settings. You will learn from their vast years of experience and knowledge to grow in practice and leadership. We desire to help you become more effective and efficient in shaping lives around the world. Additionally, 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 you to assist 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.

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree online 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.

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:

Degree Information
Admission Requirements

M.A. in Pastoral Counseling Specializations

When you choose to pursue Liberty’s pastoral counseling degree online, you will also be choosing a specialization. These unique cognates will allow you to personalize your degree to your unique professional needs.

Addictions and Recovery

Community Chaplaincy

Crisis Response and Trauma

Discipleship and Church Ministry

Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future

Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies

Dobson Center Parenting and Child/Adolescent Development


Life Coaching

Marriage and Family

Military Resilience

Pastoral Counseling


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

  • By earning your Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree from a nonprofit university whose online programs ranked in the top 1% 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 4 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 less than 2 years.

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

Military Benefits

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe. 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 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 15 credit hours*
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times

*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

Potential Career Options with Your Degree in Pastoral Counseling

  • Associate pastor

  • Church counselor

  • Non-licensed counselor

Admission Requirements for the M.A. 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 admission-related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission application
  • Application fee*
  • Official college transcripts
  • Unofficial college transcripts may be accepted with a completed official 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.