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Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

Program Details

Liberty University offers an online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling. The program is part of the Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary and sets the standard for professional degrees in ministry.  The ministry curriculum is specifically designed to help students in preparation for a career providing Christian ministry counseling in local church, rescue missions, shelters and para-church settings.  The counseling degree program is also tailored for graduate students looking to fulfill the requirements to serve as military chaplains for certain branches of the armed services and also assist students when seeking professional licensure as a counselor.  The M.A. in Pastoral Counseling does not meet licensure requirements alone.

The Pastoral Counseling concentration is designed for students who aim to serve the Word of Christ and the church through non-licensure counseling positions in fellowships.  The challenging course materials prepare students for careers as professional Christians, teaching morals in communities.  The M.A. program provides students the resources to study the advanced displays of biblical leadership principles and strategies, with an intensive focus on using the Scriptures and truths of the Christian faith when advising individuals on life goals and ambitions. The Christian foundation places an emphasis on understanding and practicing the core values, knowledge and skills needed to effectively serve in guidance positions within ministry-based organizations.

Students will study a structured curriculum with in-depth courses of biblical leadership principles and strategies, and the essential scriptures of the Christian faith. An emphasis is placed throughout the degree program on the understanding and utilization of the core values, knowledge, and skills needed to effectively serve in a variety of pastoral counseling roles.  The 36-credit-hour program provides students the intrinsic course, vital to the growth of a church and its members.  The coursework covers topics in marital and pre-marital counseling, ministry teaching, communications, theology and spirituality, and sermon preparation, in addition to the history of religion, New and Old Testaments and Evangelism.


  • A 2.0 GPA
  • Bachelor’s degree
  • Pastoral Recommendation
  • Official college transcripts
  • Proof of English proficiency

Accreditation & Licensing

Liberty University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. This is the regional accrediting body for southern states.


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