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Regent University

MA in Pastoral Counseling

Pastors, nonprofit leaders, and other professionals interested in adding counseling skills to their roles may be interested in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program at Regent University. Get more details about this online master's degree program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective candidates of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program may already have a degree or training in psychology, counseling, or another human behavior fields and should be interested in building their counseling skills in order to help others. Applicants to all Regent University graduate programs are required to hold a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Regent University's Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program is designed to equip students with the practical and analytical skills to counsel members of the church, help them through their spiritual walk, and point them to helpful resources. Taught from a Christian perspective, the curriculum covers psychology, helping techniques, and the ethical issues involved with counseling others. Several areas are brought into focus including addictive behaviors, marriage counseling, multicultural awareness, and crisis counseling. Students have the chance to complete 150 hours of field experience before graduation.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

30 credits.

Financial Aid:

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

Tuition, Financial Aid & Start Dates

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Required Courses for the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling:

All 30 of the credit hours required to graduate with this Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling degree can be completed online. Students will need to do 150 hours of on-site field counseling experience. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (30 credits)

  • Professional Ethics in the Human Services Fields
  • Helping Skills & Techniques
  • Addictive Behavior & Substance Abuse
  • Marriage & Relationship Counseling
  • Community & Crisis Counseling
  • Multicultural Awareness & Individual Diversity
  • Survey of Christianity
  • Capstone & Field Experience
  • Pastoral Care, Counseling, & Conflict
  • Elective

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

There is a range of degrees at the doctoral level that could be a natural continuation of the counseling skills and biblical knowledge this MA program offers. Students might choose to pursue a doctoral degree that delves deeper into either the pastoral side or the counseling side of this program.

Here are a few degree options:

  • Ph.D. in Counseling & Psychological Studies
  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology

Career Paths:

Graduates of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling could choose to take the biblically-centered counseling skills they might have learned and apply them to their profession after graduation. Graduates might work as church leaders, nonprofit directors, or teachers in Christian schools. Open positions might be found in areas like these:

  • Family service centers
  • Church counseling centers
  • Christian schools