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Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling / Crisis Response and Trauma

Program Details

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.


  • Bachelor's degree
  • School of Divinity Questionnaire
  • 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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