Program Overview

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a concentration in Crisis Response and Trauma program offered at Liberty University is designed for students that wish to work with individuals that have been impacted by a trauma, disaster, or some sort of other crisis. This program is offered online through Liberty University Baptist Theological Seminary, allowing students the flexibility in scheduling and access to course materials of receiving instruction at distance.

It is the goal of the instruction of this program to meet the needs of individuals, organizations, and other groups that have experienced a crisis of some kind. The coursework of this program is intended to help candidates gain the skills necessary to counsel others in situations ranging from post-traumatic stress disorder to natural or man-made disasters. Since Liberty University is a Christian institution, the courses in this program are taught through the framing of a wholly Christian perspective. As such, candidates should grow to understand the biblical principles vital to ethical strategies in crisis counseling.

Graduates of the program should leave with knowledge of how crisis and trauma can impact an individual's ability to cope with life. Applicants should be aware that the completion of this program does not in itself lead to any sort of professional licensure; it may assist candidates seeking it, but does not meet all requirements. Graduates may go on to become pastors, chaplains, life coaches, or church counselors. In order to complete this program, those enrolled must earn a minimum of 36 hours of credit, no more than six of which are able to be transferred in from another institution.

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    Program Details

    Degree Level: Master

    Delivery Format: 100% Online

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    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.


    Students must have received a regionally or nationally accredited Bachelor’s Degree with at least a 2.3 GPA.

    School Overview

    Training Champions for Christ since 1971

    We are committed to helping you achieve your goals and complete your degree as quickly as possible. One of our Admissions Counselors is ready to assist you with this process. Here is what you can expect from us:

    • 100% online programs at associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral level.*
    • Transfer up to 90 credits into an undergraduate degree program.
    • Up to 50% of your master’s degree can be transferred in to help you get the most out of your hard work and maximize the credit you previously earned.

    *excludes licensure, certification, and some doctoral programs

    Benefits of Attending Liberty University

    • No standardized testing if you meet admission requirements.
    • Credit for prior training, certification, licensure, experience, and learning, and more such as:

    - Military

    - Real Estate

    - Insurance

    - Emergency Response

    • Courses taught from a Christian worldview.
    • 8 start dates a year, with an 8 week course format.

    Financing Options

    Financial Aid

    • 87% of all Liberty students in an online program are awarded financial aid.

    Tuition discounts for 

    • Military service members, including active duty, retired, veterans, and their spouses.
    • Emergency Response Personnel

    Corporate Tuition Assistance

    • Deferred – If you company reimburses you for the cost of your education, you submit your grades to your employer who pays you, and then you pay for your classes.

    Other convenient payment options are available


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