Individuals interested in learning about the field of counseling from a Christian worldview may wish to consider Liberty University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – Theology program. Students will focus on systematic theology, ethics within Christian ministry, and the doctrine of God. This program is especially designed for those who are considering providing counsel in church and ministry settings.
The curriculum requires students to complete a total of 36 credit hours, with 24 hours in core courses and 12 hours in the theology cognate. The theology courses are: systematic Theology I & II, Doctrine of God, and Ethics & Christian Ministry. Each credit hour will cost $350. Liberty places focus on commitment, service, and learning through collaboration of students, faculty, and God. This school intends to challenge students to serve each other, strive towards excellence, and effectively prepare for their future career or position.
Those who graduate from this program should understand how to use both theological principles and psychological knowledge in their counseling. Graduates may find potential careers as a teaching pastor, church counselor, non-licensed counselor, or lay pastor. This degree may also satisfy the requirements to become a military chaplain. While this program does not completely meet licensure requirements, students may find they are able to use the information learned through this program to seek professional licensure.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
Liberty University is accredited by:
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)
The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges is the regional accrediting body for southern states.
Program Requirements & Restrictions
Minimum EducationBachelor Degree
Recommended GPA2.0 or above (4.0 scale)
Admission TestsProof of English Language Proficiency (International Students)
Official College Transcript(s), Recommendation/Reference Letter(s)