Pastoral Care & Counseling

Master of Science

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Develop the skills it takes to serve members of your church & community as a trusted caregiver & counselor.

Expand your leadership capabilities and learn to combine advanced counseling methods with your ministry to improve the lives of those who are struggling with a variety of challenges.

About This Degree

As a student of the online pastoral care and counseling program, you’ll gain the skills necessary to utilize theological principles to promote spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental wholeness through Bible-based counseling and pastoral care.

Program Highlights

Dedicated to your academic and professional success, your educators will guide you through a comprehensive curriculum founded on biblical insights. Through a variety of topics, the pastoral care and counseling courses will help you grasp advanced counseling techniques and learn to identify diversities in both clinical and biblical counseling theories. In addition, you’ll examine common challenges faced by those who provide care and counseling, explore the need for strategies that promote self-care, and strengthen your problem-solving skills to prepare for success in the next step in your career.

Important: State & Church Counseling Regulations

The online master’s in pastoral care and counseling program is ideal for ministry professionals as well as lay leaders in the Church and faith-based agencies striving to serve others through faith-based care and counseling. Although the completion of this program may provide the credentials for career advancement within your church or private sector, it does not lead to state licensure as a clinical professional.

Students are responsible for understanding their state’s pastoral counseling rules/laws regarding a dispensation or exemption for clergy or those operating under the umbrella of a cognizable denomination or a church.

Program Details

Credit Hours: 36

Est. Program Length: 12 months 

Tuition: See rates

Our flexible course options designed with your busy schedule in mind, in addition to personalized attention and support from educators with years of ministry and counseling experience.

Career Ideas

The online master’s in pastoral care and counseling program will equip you with the skills needed to provide Bible-based counseling and guidance to couples, families, groups, and individuals of all ages. Graduates of the program may find career success in the following areas:

  • Pastoral counseling
  • Pastoral caregiving
  • Hospice
  • Christian family services
  • Christian schools
  • Church counseling centers