Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling / Discipleship & Church Ministry
Liberty University

Program Details

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a concentration in Discipleship and Church Ministry Degree program at Liberty University is designed for candidates who wish to serve in local church and ministry settings as non-licensed counselors. This program is offered through Liberty University Online, providing students with flexibility in scheduling and access to course materials. Students can typically expect to finish the program in a period of one to two years, depending on the rate in which they enroll in courses. Students also have the option of taking courses on campus, should they so desire.

In this program, students will take courses that focus on small group ministries, family discipleship, and church administration. Students will work towards developing the skills and knowledge associated with leading a healthy church. Graduates of this program may go on to service in a variety of positions related to churches, as well as other Christian settings. Possible job positions include those as chaplains, church counselors, ministry workers. As Liberty is a Christian institution, the coursework covered throughout this program is grounded in a Christian perspective. In order to complete this program, those enrolled are required to earn a total of 36 hours of credit, no more than six of which is able to be transferred in from work at another institution.


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

School Accreditation Statement

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