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Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling / Leadership

Program Details

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Leadership, offered through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary, consists of a total of 36 credit hours. For students who have previously completed coursework from another accredited institution, they have the option to transfer up to six hours of credits into the Pastoral Counseling program, providing the courses meet Liberty’s requirements.

Individuals who have completed the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Leadership have the potential to pursue employment as a life coach, church counselor, trauma counselor, outpatient care counselor, or human services specialist.

The Masters program consists of core courses and leadership cognate courses. Students in the program may take classes such as Team Leadership and Conflict Resolution, Mission, Vision, and Strategic Planning, and Theories and Techniques in Pastoral Counseling. A minimum of 30 hours must be completed through Liberty University.

Students will study topics such as biblical foundations, and planning vision and mission strategies for a church. Graduates should have the knowledge to be able to provide counsel for those who need help in conflict resolution. This program does not provide licensure, although may help those intending on pursuing licensure after the program is completed.


  • 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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