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MA Pastoral Counseling Addictions And Recovery Online Degree Program
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Online with optional intensives
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Up to 50% can be transferred
Next Start Date
Oct 22, 2018
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Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Help Others Break the Cycle with the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Addiction and Recovery

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is designed to train ministry professionals and church leaders to become Christian counselors in ministry and agency-based, non-licensure settings. Students in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will study psychology and the Christian understanding of human nature and God’s creation that informs biblical counseling. The online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling provides a balanced treatment of spiritual and mental health which will equip ministry professionals already in the field or students who want to move into a Christian Counseling role.

The Addiction and recovery area of study for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will train you in specialized diagnosis and treatment for clients who want to break out of the cycle of addiction to harmful substances and sexual behaviors. This training gives you a thorough understanding of the biological and mental aspects of addiction, and how the recovery process works so that you can help guide clients through their journey to better mental and spiritual health. 


Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Addiction and Recovery?

If you are already a ministry professional and find that you lack the training to help people struggling with spiritual and mental health crises, completing an online Christian counseling degree like the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will help fill in the gaps and build on your ministry experience. If you want to branch out into a Christian counseling role, the field-specific training and biblical counseling techniques in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will provide much-needed support for providing guidance on a variety of issues.

As a pastor or ministry leader, you may find that you encounter a need for substance abuse counseling or sexual addiction counseling in your congregation and will need specialized training to give fruitful guidance. If you want your ministry to reach out and help those in your community struggling with addictions, the Addiction and recovery area of study for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will give you training with a biblical worldview that you need to help others break out of the cycle of addiction.

 


What Will You Learn in the Online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling?

The online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling provides a broad set of foundational Christian counseling skills and knowledge along with field-specialized topic courses and hands-on skill areas. Students who pursue biblical counseling training in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will learn how the science of psychology reflects biblical principles of personhood and human nature, and how mental health treatment benefits from spiritual health. Students in the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will have the opportunity to pursue hands-on training on campus during two optional intensives, and all pastoral counseling students will gain experience in their communities through the pastoral counseling internship.

The Addiction and Recovery area of study builds on the biblical counseling core content to teach you how to address drug addiction, chemical dependence, and sexual addiction as well as biblical approaches to mental and spiritual health. Students will work to identify and diagnose addiction and about the biological and chemical aspects of addiction and their impact on treatment. With the Addiction and Recovery area of study, students will be able to bring effective Christian Counseling and pastoral care to addiction counseling ministry with evidence-based and field-tested techniques.

*Please note that the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is not designed to fulfill all clinical counseling requirements. You can view Liberty University’s licensure-track Professional Counseling degree for more information about counseling licensure.

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What are the Benefits of Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling?

  • Unlike many online bible colleges or online seminary programs, students who complete the online Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Degree will receive a degree fully accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC).
  • Study a balanced perspective on the theological principles that underlie psychology, giving you effective Christian counseling technique with a firm biblical worldview.
  • If you choose to take advantage of the optional on-campus intensives, you will have additional hands-on training and meet directly with your peers and professors.
  • Gain marketable real-world experience in Addiction and Recovery care by helping people in your community with the pastoral counseling internship.
  • The online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is overseen by the School of Behavioral Sciences but still receives the School of Divinity’s discounted graduate tuition of $395 per credit for part-time, as well as the Online Seminary’s Block Rate: students attending full time or higher (9-15 credit hours) are eligible for a block rate of $2,750 per semester!*

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

 

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Program Highlights

  • By earning your online Master of Arts 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 all undergraduate, graduate and doctoral 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. 
  • Students can complete this online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Addiction and Recovery in as little as one year.
  • Liberty University’s Online Seminary, the Rawlings School of Divinity, has experienced pastoral counselors and ministry professionals who teach practical ministry skills while imparting deep theological teaching.
  • Learn from renowned Christian scholars and ministry professionals in the Liberty University School of Divinity, such as Dr. Elmer L. Towns, Dr. Harold Willmington, and Dr. Gary R. Habermas.
  • Develop broad experience in Christian counseling and pastoral care to address mental and spiritual health issues in your ministry or biblical counseling practice.

M.A. in Pastoral Counseling Degree Information and Requirements

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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 an Emergency 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.

Counseling Addictions and Recovery Potential Career Options

Students who complete a degree in Christian counseling like the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will be equipped for ministry-based, non-licensure counseling roles in many areas including marriage and family counseling, crisis counseling, and counseling women. With the Addiction and Recovery area of study, students will be trained for a role in substance abuse counseling and addiction recovery care.

  • Associate Pastor
  • Church Counselor
  • Non-licensed Counselor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Rehabilitation Specialist

Admission Requirements for 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.

 

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