Liberty University offers a Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling for ministers and leaders of the church. Students will study theology, the Bible and counseling through the church as part of their studies to integrate psychology, theology and implementation of Christian spirituality into counseling. The program will help leaders by developing their abilities to practically apply their counseling ability to individuals seeking marital and pre-marital guidance, crisis counseling or therapy counseling.
The program consists of courses that emphasize the use of theology and leadership in order to provide counseling to those in need. Classes include Introduction to Apologetics, History of Christianity, History of Baptists, Discipleship Ministries, Spiritual Formation, Contemporary Evangelism, Global Studies Survey, Preparation of the Sermon, Theology of Pastoral Ministry, New Testament Orientation, Introduction to Pastoral Counseling, Integration of Psychology and Theology, Theology and Spirituality in Counseling, Premarital and Marital Counseling, and Crisis Counseling and Brief Therapy.
Students completing the program will have demonstrated the necessary educational and professional qualifications for roles in ministry that involve providing counseling services to followers. These qualifications include the ability to demonstrate effective preparation for Christian ministry and leadership responsibilities in congregations and other settings; to demonstrate ability to use the biblical text and theological and historical studies to enrich the spiritual life of others; to understand the means by which one may grow morally and spiritually, and by which one may lead others in positive spiritual formation in the likeness of Jesus Christ; and to develop the scholarly, theological and reflective foundation that will provide the basis for further advanced studies.
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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), Additional Materials May Be Requested