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MA in Pastoral Counseling - Theology

Prospective students who want to prepare for careers in biblical counseling could seek admission to Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a specialization in Theology program. Continue reading for course requirements.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a specialization in Theology

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:

Master's

Program Prerequisites:

Candidates for Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a specialization in Theology program should possess humility as well as a deep understanding of biblical principles and teachings. An undergraduate degree along with a 2.0 GPA are required. Applicants to Liberty University's graduate programs should have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Although Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a specialization in Theology program does not lead to licensure, students could use the program to grow their ability to help those who need assistance with crises of a spiritual or mental health nature. Enrollees could learn about human nature and the ways in which spiritual health promotes mental health. The program aims to provide an overview of systematic theology, and students might explore the doctrines of God, angels, and Scripture. Aspects of the marital relationship could be presented along with crisis intervention strategies. Students can also gain practical experience during the program's supervised internship.

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 the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a Specialization in Theology

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a specialization in Theology program at Liberty University contains 36 credits. Core and concentration courses are all worth three credits apiece. 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

Specialization Courses (12 credit hours)

  • Systematic Theology I
  • Systematic Theology II
  • Doctrine of God
  • Public Theology

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Graduates of Liberty University's Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a specialization in Theology program who want to conduct theoretical research might apply to a doctoral program in counseling or theology. Coursework could cover individual and family issues as well as premarital and marital challenges. Doctoral programs for graduates could include:

  • Doctor of Ministry with a specialization in Pastoral Counseling
  • Doctor of Clinical Pastoral Counseling
  • Doctor of Theology

Career Paths:

After completing Liberty University's Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling with a specialization in Theology program, students could be ready to pursue a non-licensure position in the areas of addiction, women's counseling, or marriage and family counseling. Academic teaching or ministerial counseling might be other options. Students could be able to pursue these roles once they've graduated:

  • Church counselor
  • Lay ministry leader
  • Associate pastor
  • Teaching pastor
  • Outpatient care counselor

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