Master of Arts in Religion Pastoral Counseling Online Degree Program
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100% online, 8-week courses
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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree
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May 11, 2020
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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.

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.

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 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.

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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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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

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Addictions and Recovery program will prepare you to serve in the local church in non-licensed counseling roles, as well as in other ministry settings. In this program, you will learn to treat addictions, along with overseeing the recovery process from a Christian worldview.

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Potential Career Options

  • Church counselor
  • Non-licensed counselor
  • Rehabilitation specialist
  • Substance abuse counselor

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Community Chaplaincy

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Community Chaplaincy will provide you with the opportunity to study pastoral counseling techniques, marriage and family, crisis intervention, and the value of community chaplaincy with a biblical worldview. You will build counseling techniques and skills integrated with chaplaincy.

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Potential Career Options

  • Hospital counselor
  • Military chaplain
  • Non-licensed counselor
  • Prison chaplain

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Crisis Response and Trauma

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Crisis Response and Trauma will equip you to meet the needs of individuals, organizations, and groups who have experienced trauma, disaster, or other crises. You will obtain the skills to counsel individuals in a variety of situations from post-traumatic stress disorder to natural or man-made disasters in addition to understanding how these events can shape someone’s identity or ability to cope with life.

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Potential Career Options

  • Chaplain
  • Church counselor
  • Life coach
  • Pastor
  • Trauma counselor

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Discipleship and Church Ministry

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Discipleship and Church Ministry will prepare you to serve in some positions both in the churches and with other Christian ministries. You will be equipped with the skills to understand and improve actions in ministry, discipleship, and administration.

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Potential Career Options

  • Chaplain
  • Church counselor
  • Ministry worker
  • Pastor

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Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Dobson Center Family Advocacy, Public Policy, and the Future will provide you with practical tools to protect and train up children, educate families, and empower parents. Graduates of this program are equipped to provide godly counsel and assist in conflict resolution.

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Potential Career Options

  • Caseworker
  • Child advocate
  • Family advocate

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Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies is offered through the James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage, and Family Studies. The program’s curriculum features lectures and material from a world-renowned psychologist, author, radio host, and family expert Dr. James C. Dobson. The goal of the program is to equip men and women with the knowledge to positively impact families and society.

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Potential Career Options

  • Church counselor
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Military chaplain
  • Non-licensed counselor

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Dobson Center Parenting and Child/Adolescent Development

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Dobson Center Parenting and Child/Adolescent Development will expose you to biblical counseling principles and strategies to assist parents and children in a variety of situations and settings. Biblical integration will provide a solid foundation of outreach to effectively work with adults and adolescents.

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Potential Career Options

  • Caseworker
  • Child advocate
  • Non-licensed counselor

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Leadership

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Leadership will provide you with practical tools to counsel and lead those in ministry. You will work on mission and vision planning for an organization or church while gaining the knowledge essential to preventing ministry failure or burnout.

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Potential Career Options

  • Church counselor
  • Human services specialist
  • Life coach
  • Outpatient care counselor

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Life Coaching

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Life Coaching will provide you with a biblical foundation to identify and address various situations and problems in individuals’ lives. You will focus on encouraging individuals to achieve their personal and professional goals through a variety of coaching techniques.

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Potential Career Options

  • Church Administrator
  • Church counselor
  • Life coach
  • Mental health services professional

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Marriage and Family

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Marriage and Family will equip you with the knowledge and skills critical for effectively counseling families and individuals in a variety of church and parachurch settings. You will integrate biblical perspectives into a pastoral outlook on counseling.

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Potential Career Options

  • Church counselor
  • Marriage and family counselor
  • Military chaplain
  • Non-licensed counselor

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Military Resilience

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Military Resilience is suited for individuals excited about ministering to service members and their families. You will be equipped to work in a variety of settings, such as hospitals, churches, community centers, and state agencies by taking courses that emphasize the resilience of leaders and caregivers.

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Potential Career Options

  • Chaplain
  • Church counselor
  • Family counselor
  • Grief services specialist

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Pastoral Counseling

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Pastoral Counseling will give you a solid foundation from which to offer counsel based on biblical principles. The program will equip you to be a non-licensed counselor within the church, capable of providing guidance on a variety of issues.

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Potential Career Options

  • Associate pastor
  • Church counselor
  • Non-licensed counselor

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Theology

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Theology will provide you with the necessary training to integrate theological principles with psychological knowledge to provide compassionate pastoral and counseling care. This training enables you to provide counsel and assistance in a variety of church and ministry settings.

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Potential Career Options

  • Church counselor
  • Lay pastor
  • Non-licensed counselor
  • Teaching pastor

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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.