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MA in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship and Church Ministry

Liberty University's Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship & Ministry program was created for students who aspire to become biblical counselors in non-licsensure settings, such as Christian ministries. Find more information about this online MA program below.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship & Ministry

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Candidates for Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship & Ministry program should enjoy having deep discussions about God and the Bible. They must have a bachelor's degree with a GPAs of at least 2.0. All applicants to Liberty University's programs should have a high school diploma or equivalent; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship & Ministry program is designed both for students who want to move into a Christian counseling roles as well as for existing ministry professionals who wish to expand their ability to provide counseling and support for people in need. The program features content on God, biblical doctrines, humanity, sin, salvation, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit. It includes an introduction to pastoral counseling that focuses on a short-term counseling model. Students could be able to explore crisis intervention strategies and psychotherapy theories. Church administration practices and church health and growth might also be examined by program participants.

Learning Format:

Online

Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Liberty University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship & Ministry

To receive Liberty University's Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship & Ministry degree, students will be required to earn 36 credits. There are 8 core courses and 4 specialization courses in the program. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Liberty University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (24 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
  • Foundational Doctrines for Pastoral Counselors
  • Multicultural Issues in Pastoral Counseling
  • Spiritual Formation in Pastoral Counseling
  • Crisis Intervention in Pastoral Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Theories and Techniques in Pastoral Counseling
  • Pastoral Counseling Internship

Discipleship & Church Ministry Cognate Courses (12 credit hours)

  • Family Discipleship
  • Small Group Ministries
  • Leading the Healthy, Growing, Multiplying Church
  • Church Administration

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

If graduates of Liberty University's Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship & Ministry program have aspirations of rising within the church ranks, they might choose to continue their education and earn a doctoral degree. In doing so, they could learn more about applied counseling theories and conduct related research; some programs might also prepare them to become licensed counselors. The following are doctoral programs that might be of interest to program graduates:

  • Doctor of Ministry with a specialization in Pastoral Counseling
  • Doctor of Education in Community Care & Counseling with a specialization in Pastoral Care & Counseling
  • Ph.D. in Clinical Pastoral Counseling

Career Paths:

Students who have successfully completed Liberty University's Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling in Discipleship & Ministry program might be eager to begin their job search. They might have the competencies required to start and lead ministry-based support groups and conduct counseling in non-licensure settings. The list below includes a sampling of potential career titles for recent qualified program graduates:

  • Church counselor
  • Associate pastor
  • Lay ministry leader
  • Life coach

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