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Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling / Life Coaching

Program Details

Students have the opportunity to earn a masters degree through Liberty Baptist Theological Seminary. The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Life Coaching is designed to prepare individuals for a variety of ministry roles. By earning a degree in Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Life Coaching, students should be eligible for employment in churches, rescue missions, or as a life coach, church counselor, or in mental health services. This degree can also serve as a foundation for those wanting to work as a military chaplain for the armed forces. While this M.A. is useful for individuals wanting to become a counselor, this program does not provide professional licensure.

Students are expected to take core courses and life coaching cognate courses. The cognate consists of 12 hours of classes. Examples of life coaching classes may consist of Advanced Life Coaching Skills, Health and Wellness Coaching, and Leadership Professional Life Coaching.

Students in the program have the option to accelerate their learning by taking an intensive course. Intensives last only one week and are completed on campus. The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling — Life Coaching consists of 36 credit hours. Thirty hours must be completed through Liberty University.


  • 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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