Masters Degree in Pastoral Counseling
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Aug 21, 2023
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Increase Your Ministry Potential with Liberty’s M.A. in Pastoral Counseling – Leadership Degree

Earning a graduate degree in pastoral counseling is an excellent way to capitalize on your current education while expanding your ministry potential. Whether you are looking to become a lay leader, non-licensed counselor, youth pastor or another type of leader in ministry, Liberty’s M.A. in Pastoral Counseling – Leadership degree can train you for the career God has called you to pursue.

Our pastoral counseling graduate degrees provide you with the proper skill set to help believers and nonbelievers alike as they experience life’s challenges. This degree is a great option if you are looking to work in church, hospital, or community settings that do not require clinical counseling licensure. In fact, as a non-licensure track, the entire graduate degree in pastoral counseling can be completed in as little as 2 years!

So why wait? Your future in Christian leadership and pastoral counseling may only be 24 months away. Get started with Liberty so you can meet the emotional and spiritual needs of fellow believers, your congregation, and your community.

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At Liberty, you’ll find an affordable, high-quality education that equips students like you for the real world. Our commitment to excellence helped us rank among’s Top 5 college campuses in America. Earning your degree from a nonprofit university with state-of-the-art resources like ours can help set you apart from your peers.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Pastoral Counseling Master’s Degree in Leadership?

Choosing to study at the graduate level is a big decision. You want to be sure that the education you are receiving is a good investment of your time and money. We want you to be confident in your skill set as a ministry professional, as well. As a nonprofit, Christian university, we offer a pastoral counseling and leadership master’s degree that provides you with academic rigor without the typical price tag of a private school.

Additionally, you will have the opportunity to take your education outside the classroom. Our M.A. in Pastoral Counseling students complete a 225-hour internship in an approved, related setting. You will gain invaluable hands-on, face-to-face counseling experience in individual, relationship, and group therapy. Not only that, but you will also have our faculty by your side, monitoring your completed assignments and ready to provide any assistance you may need.

What Will You Learn in Our Pastoral Counseling Master’s Degree?

Our graduate students studying pastoral counseling explore the multicultural, family, and spiritual issues most often faced in a pastoral setting. As a student in this program, you will receive training in solution-based models so you can apply various behavioral approaches and appropriate biblical teaching in your work. You will also examine the best ways to promote spiritual growth during crises as well as in premarital and marriage circumstances.

By specializing your degree in leadership, you will study the biblical principles of leadership as depicted in the life of Christ and learn how to apply them within a contemporary ministry setting. You will also learn from the lives of influential people who served as religious, political, military, and business leaders.

Part of leading is knowing how to work with people from different social, cultural, economic, and experience backgrounds. Throughout this degree, you will learn how to cultivate strong, decision-making teams within your ministry. You will also study how to resolve conflict within your organization. Casting a clear, achievable vision is also crucial to effective leadership, so you will learn how to create and share a mission statement that guides you and your ministry in your pursuit of God’s will.

View the Degree Completion Plan, and check out our featured courses below to learn more about what you’ll be studying!


Featured Courses

LEAD 510 – Biblical Foundations of Leadership

LEAD 520 – The Life of Leaders

PACO 500 – Introduction to Pastoral Counseling

PACO 617 – Theories and Techniques in Pastoral Counseling

Degree Information
Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Master’s in Pastoral Counseling Degree

  • Complete your entire master’s in as little as 1 year!
  • Receive opportunities to earn several certificates from the American Association of Christian Counselors (AACC). These include Crisis Response, Life Coaching, and Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts (SYMBIS).
  • Our student to professor ratio for residential graduate students is 8:1.
  • Our faculty care deeply for their students, praying for, and with them throughout their academic journey.

Pastoral Counseling – Leadership Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Pastoral Counseling and Leadership Graduates

  • Associate pastor
  • Human services specialist
  • Lay leader
  • Non-licensed counselor
  • Teaching pastor
  • Youth pastor

Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission:

  • Admission application
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcripts with a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Self-certification form (for students who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)
  • Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a degree completion application through their ASIST account