Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Pastoral Counseling Online Degree Program
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100% Online, 8-week Courses
Transfer Credits
Up to 50% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Sep 16, 2019
Accreditation
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Provide Biblical Counseling by Earning a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – with an Area of Study in Pastoral Counseling

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 church 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 Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling gives students the option to receive on-campus training for two intensives and will culminate in an internship which will provide hands-on field experience in the student’s community.

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Why Choose the M.A. Pastoral Counseling with the Specific Pastoral Counseling Area of Study?

If you are already a ministry professional and desire additional 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 to support your Christian counseling and pastoral care. 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.

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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 biblical principles of personhood and human nature are underlying in the science of psychology, 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 own communities through the pastoral counseling internship.

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*Please note that the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling contains some but not all of the necessary requirements for clinical counseling licensure. Please see the Master of Arts in Professional Counseling below for a fully licensure-track clinical counseling program.

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M.A. in Pastoral Counseling Program Highlights

  • By earning your online 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 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. 
  • Students are able to complete this online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Pastoral Counseling in as little as two years.
  • Develop broad experience in Christian counseling and pastoral care to address mental and spiritual health issues in your ministry or biblical counseling practice.

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Military Benefits for the Online MA in Pastoral Counseling

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 with a Degree in Pastoral Counseling

Students who complete a degree in Christian counseling like the 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. Students already in a pastor or church leadership role will be better able to help their church or ministry handle critical ministry challenges and conflicts and will be better equipped for ministry leadership. Students may also be able to pursue additional requirements for state licensure and pursue licensed clinical counseling practice.

  • Associate pastor
  • Chaplain
  • Church counselor
  • Non-licensed counselor
  • Pastor
  • Women’s ministry director

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.