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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. 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 guidance which will equip ministry professionals already in the field or students who want to move into a Christian Counseling role.
The Leadership area of study for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling will equip Christian counselors to handle the administrative and organizational challenges faced by church leaders and ministry professionals. Students who find themselves unexpectedly called to leadership in biblical counseling or those who want to take on more ministry responsibility will benefit from the practical and field-tested Christian leadership methods of the Leadership area of study.
If you are already a ministry professional but 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 by building upon 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.
The Leadership area of study for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling gives you the strategic planning and administrative skills to manage the day-to-day operation and proper planning of a successful Christian organization, whether that is a church or para-church ministry. Christian counselors who want to build a counseling ministry will gain the executive skills they need for effective leadership.
*Please note that the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is not designed to fulfill all clinical counseling requirements. You can view all of Liberty University’s licensure-track Professional Counseling degree below for more information about counseling licensure.
*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the Masters of Arts in Pastoral Counseling Online are charged at the part-time rate.
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 own communities through the pastoral counseling internship.
The Leadership area of study for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling emphasizes biblical leadership and administrative skill sets needed for effective ministry organization. Students in the Leadership area of study will learn from the example of great Christian leaders of the past and present and receive a thorough education in the Biblical Foundations of Leadership, as well as practical training in Team Leadership and Conflict Resolution to prevent disagreements and conflicts from undermining important ministry work.
Are you a service member, veteran, military spouse, or Department of Defense employee? We are proud to support you in your pursuit of online education by offering the following military-friendly benefits for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program:
*Credits taken above 15 credit hours for the online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling are charged at the part-time rate.
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, addiction counseling, and counseling women. Graduates of the Leadership area of study will be better equipped for ministry leadership positions and the organization and management of Christian counseling ministry. Students may also be able to pursue additional requirements for state licensure and pursue licensed clinical counseling practice.