MA In Pastoral Counseling Marriage And Family Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% online, 8-week courses
Transfer Credits
Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total
Next Start Date
Jan 13, 2020
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Help Heal Broken Marriages and Families by Earning Your Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family

If you have a natural inclination to help others through personal ministry or in agency-based settings, then Liberty University’s online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Marriage and Family is for you! Our graduate degree 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. 

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Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family Online Program?

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 online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will help fill the gaps. This program is designed to build on your ministry experience to support your Christian counseling and pastoral care role, as well as to receive important life coach training.

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*Please note that while the marriage and family area of study may allow you to apply for some Christian counseling certifications, the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is not designed to fulfill all clinical requirements for state-licensed professional counseling. You can view Liberty University’s licensure-track Professional Counseling degree below for more information about counseling licensure.

What Will You Learn in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family?

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family degree will allow you to focus on areas of interest with customized courses for your specific Pastoral Counseling degree specialization taken beyond the foundational courses. Each of the courses within the degree is designed to equip you with a biblical worldview of human behavior and the application of helping skills. Not only will you be introduced to the theories and skills required to provide pastoral crisis intervention and counseling, but you will also develop the skill sets to address specific psychological issues that apply to men, women, and children throughout their lifespan.

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MA in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family Program Highlights

  • By earning your online M.A. in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family 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 all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral 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. 
  • Liberty University’s online seminary, the Rawlings School of Divinity, has experienced Christian 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.
  • Students can complete the Pastoral Counseling degree in Marriage and Family in under two years.
  • 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.

Similar Online Degree Program

  • Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies – Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies, 100% online program, is offered through the James C. Dobson Center for Child Development, Marriage, and Family Studies. This program’s curriculum features lectures and material from a world-renowned psychologist, author, radio host, and family expert Dr. James C. Dobson. The overarching goal of the program is to equip men and women with knowledge to positively impact the family and society.
  • Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy – Liberty’s Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy provides you with a strong understanding of counseling principles and strategies to prepare you to seek licensure as a Marriage and Family Therapist. Our courses will provide you with a thorough background in individual and group counseling theories and techniques, as well as clinical practice. In our M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy, an emphasis is placed on the understanding of ethical, professional, and legal issues in counseling.

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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 for graduate (per credit hour 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*
  • 8-week courses, eight 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.

Potential Career Options in Pastoral Counseling

  • Church counselor
  • Non-licensed counselor
  • Military chaplain
  • Pastoral counselor

After completing our degree in Pastoral Counseling – Marriage and Family, graduates will have the opportunity to obtain or advance their positions in ministry, lay church counseling, chaplaincy, and local, agency-based settings.

Admission Requirements for Our Online 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 admission-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.