MA Pastoral Counseling Theology Online Degree Program
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 18, 2021
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

Provide Godly Counsel with a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Theology Degree

Liberty University’s 100% online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is designed to train ministry professionals and church leaders to become biblical counselors in Christian ministries and agency-based, non-licensure settings. In the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling, you will study psychology and the Christian understanding of human nature that informs biblical counseling. Additionally, you will be provided with a balanced training in spiritual and mental health issues which will equip you for success in your current ministry or future Christian counseling role.

If you want to pursue deeper studies in theology to enhance your ministry teaching and personal growth, the theology area of study in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling allows you to pair in-depth theology studies with your Christian counseling training. The profound, foundational biblical themes and principles you will explore are the same concepts found in Liberty University’s online theological studies degree. These profound biblical truths will reinforce your biblical counseling and pastoral care.

Why Choose Liberty’s Online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Theology?

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 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 biblical counseling in a variety of settings.

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

  • Unlike many other Bible colleges or seminaries, Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
  • Study a balanced perspective on the theological principles that underlie psychology, giving you effective Christian counseling techniques 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 counseling and therapy 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 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 Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling online are charged at the part-time rate.

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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 the science of psychology reflects biblical principles of human nature, and how mental health treatment benefits from spiritual health. The online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will give you 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 theology area of study for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is an additional, advanced exploration of several important topics in theology studies. Students will receive a guided overview with two courses for systematic theology, which will demonstrate the formalized method of investigating theological concepts in the Bible. Students in the theology area of study will also study the Doctrine of God, which has an impact on ministry and the nature of personhood in psychology, as well as study ethics and Christian ministry, which is additional support for Christian counselors to ensure they are balancing sound faith and biblical practice.

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*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 Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree below for more information about counseling licensure.

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M.A. in Pastoral Counseling – Theology Program Highlights

  • Liberty is ranked in the top 1% of more than 2,100 online colleges and universities for academic quality, affordability, and accessibility by — and one of the top 10 online schools in America by Earning your online degree from a nonprofit university with this kind of recognition will set you apart from others in your field.

  • Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs has not increased in 6 years. While many other online colleges have raised tuition, Liberty has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit university. 
  • You can complete this online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Theology in as little as 1 year.
  • Liberty University’s online seminary, the John W. 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 theologians and scholars 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.

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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 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 – Theology Potential Career Options

    • Associate pastor
    • Church counselor
    • Lay ministry leader
    • Outpatient care counselor
    • Teaching pastor

    A degree in Christian counseling will equip you for ministry-based, non-licensure counseling roles in many areas including marriage and family counseling, addiction counseling, and counseling women. Graduates of the theology area of study will have enhanced, graduate-level theology training that may open ministry and academic teaching opportunities.

    Admission Requirements for Our Online 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 admissions 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.