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DMin Pastoral Counseling Online
Credit Hours
Years (Avg.)
Class Type
100% Online, 8 Week Courses
Transfer Credits
Up to 6 credit hours can be transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
October 22, 2018
Liberty University is accredited by SACSCOC

The Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Pastoral Counseling Prepares You to Lead in Christian Counseling Ministry

Liberty University’s 100% online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) is designed to equip ministry professionals and pastors to advance their ministry through gospel-centered, accessible, and practical ministry skills. As one of the leading Christian colleges in the world, Liberty University’s online seminary, the Rawlings School of Divinity, was founded by leading Christian scholars and prolific theologians who deliver the advanced doctoral studies of the D.Min. Degree. For additional, hands-on ministry experience, you can take advantage of optional intensives that will connect you with peers and teachers. This flexibility allows you to remain engaged full-time in the ministry God has placed you in, while still pursuing advanced doctoral studies online.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Online Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) – Pastoral Counseling?

Liberty University’s online Doctor of Ministry programs is focused on practical ministry training so that you can study the skills and knowledge you need to better serve in your specific ministry context. The online D.Min. Degree uniquely combines three distinct and necessary components for today’s engaged Christian leader: our program is gospel-centered, accessible, and practical. During your online Doctor of Ministry program studies, you will focus on practical solutions rather than theoretical research, ensuring that you will be able to use the skills and knowledge you gain from this program to solve real-world problems.

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What Will You Learn in the Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) Degree?

The core content in the online Doctor of Ministry degree provides the basis for advanced doctoral-level academic research and writing that will carry into the rest of the ministry-specific course content and thesis project. This will ensure that you are well equipped for the research and writing aspects of the degree, while also assisting you in your publishing and sermon writing. You will study the fundamental spiritual factors of growing churches and the growth and development of the contemporary minister to give you a guided perspective on the important elements of ministry practice. You will be able to choose two doctoral-level electives in many areas of study, including Discipleship Ministry and Worship Studies, to equip you for ministry.

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Program Highlights
Degree Information
Potential Careers
Admission Requirements

Degree Information and Requirements

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Potential Career Options

  • Senior Church Administrator
  • Senior Pastor
  • Lead/Associate Pastor
  • Youth Pastor
  • Evangelist
  • Church Planter
  • Worship Leader
  • Church Counselor
  • Community Chaplain

Graduates of the online Doctor of Ministry Degree will have a terminal doctorate credential that may provide opportunities to publish academic research and pursue college-level teaching, as well as serve in a senior ministry leadership role. The practical skills and knowledge in the Pastoral Counseling area of study will equip students to address many areas of counseling ministry and provide flexibility for many roles in counseling and human services, such as in a Christian Counseling center, non-profit counseling center, or other ministry-focused counseling organizations. Please note that many clinical counseling roles will require individual state licensure.

Program Highlights

  • By earning your online D.Min. Degree from a non-profit 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.
  • You’re pursuing your degree because you want to serve God and others with excellence. We want to honor that goal by making your degree as affordable as possible. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we’re lowering our tuition for our Doctor of Ministry programs for the 2018-19 academic year by instituting a $2,750 block rate for D.Min. programs.

  • Students can complete this online D.Min. Degree in as little as two years.
  • 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 biblical counseling practice.

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Admission Requirements for the Online D.Min.

Applicants must have a 3.0 or above cumulative combined GPA for all accredited colleges previously attended. Please visit our Admission Requirements Page for more detailed admissions related information.

All applicants must submit the following:

  • Admission Application
  • Application fee*
  • Divinity Questionnaire
  • Two Pastoral Recommendation
  • Official Transcripts showing a Master of Divinity or a Master of Divinity Equivalent
  • Three years of pastoral experience
  • Ecclesiastical Endorsement
  • School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Professional Vita
  • 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.

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