Liberty University's Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling – General can help students learn how to foster spiritual health and counsel others in non-licensure positions. Throughout this program, students will study methods and techniques of counseling, crisis counseling, and marriage and family counseling. In addition, students can also apply what they have learned through an internship. With this specialized training, students can better prepare for a variety of roles whether they desire to work directly with a congregation or work with a nonprofit organization. Students who may be interested in this degree likely have some ministry experience and want to help people who are experiencing struggles in life with biblical insight. By choosing the general track, students have the option of choosing courses from across a variety of specializations including marriage and family counseling, crisis counseling, addictions and recovery counseling, community chaplaincy, theology, and more. With this level of customization, students can receive highly focused and specialized training to better prepare for mental health and religious care industries. Upon graduation, students can pursue roles such as associate pastor, church counselor, ministry director, non-licensed counselor, or premarital counselor.
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School Accreditation & Licensing
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)
Recommendation/Reference Letter(s), Official College Transcript(s)