24 months
692 USD/credit 20760 USD/year
692 USD/credit 20760 USD/year
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Asbury Theological Seminary’s 60-hour Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling develops counseling skills designed to enhance your ministry in a variety of settings, including as a pastor, lay-counselor or chaplain. 


Asbury Theological Seminary is a community called to prepare theologically educated, sanctified, Spirit-filled men and women to evangelize and to spread scriptural holiness throughout the world through the love of Jesus Christ, in the power of the Holy Spirit and to the glory of God the Father.

Our Christian Pastoral Counseling degree is designed for those who plan to pursue vocations in congregation-based ministries or non-profits. Although most of this degree can be completed online, there are several required classes that must be taken on campus. Our Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program is ranked in the top 10 Christian Counseling Schools.

As you complete your degree, you’ll be able to

  • Demonstrate knowledge of major theories of pastoral care and counseling and life cycle development.
  • Integrate theological tenets with psychological knowledge and skills to offer pastoral care and counseling in a variety of pastoral counseling settings.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Missional Formation 
  • Biblical Narrative 
  • Counseling Theories and Techniques 
  • Ethical and Legal Issues in Counseling 
  • The Counseling Relationship: Process and Skills
  • Care of Persons 
  • Pastoral Crisis Intervention 
  • Pastoral Diagnosis in Care and Counseling 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


60 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

  • Application 
  • $50 non-refundable Application Fee
  • Accredited baccalaureate degree
  • The M.A. [BS] program requires a 3.0/4.0 cumulative GPA
  • Official transcripts from all schools where classes were taken for more than one semester
  • Personal history essay  (1050-1500 words) 350-500 words per question.
  • Four references completed on the Admissions Office form at asburyseminary.edu, including a pastoral reference (required) and a professor or academic administrator reference (recommended). Laity or personal acquaintances are accepted.
  • For applicants whose primary language is not English, a TOEFL score of 550 (79 internet-based) or an IELTS score of 7.
  • Background Check
  • A personal interview may be required upon request by the Admissions Committee

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 692 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    20760 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 692 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Willow Street

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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