24 months
840 USD/credit 20160 USD/year
840 USD/credit 20160 USD/year
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The Pastoral Care and Counseling program of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary offers a distinctively interdisciplinary pastoral care and counseling training program designed to produce highly skilled, critical, reflective, compassionate, and socially engaged practitioners-scholars with a robust and evolving sense of pastoral identity.


Students in the Pastoral Care and Counseling program of Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary will be equipped to integrate theology with psychological theories to address human suffering and facilitate the healing and flourishing of persons and communities.

Clinical Track Option

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling Clinical Track is a 65-hour degree that gives you the clinical training and academic coursework necessary to sit for the Illinois state licensure exam for professional counselors. Garrett-Evangelical partners with Northwestern University and The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC) to provide the necessary clinical courses for licensure in Illinois, with the bulk of the clinical courses being at CRPC.

The MAPCC Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care track is a 48-credit hour hybrid degree track where students can complete nearly all of their required coursework online without needing to move to Evanston/Chicago area.

Within the requirements of the program are a short, intensive cohort retreat, and two weeklong in-person intensives during the second year of the program – one during the Fall semester and one during the Spring semester.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Psychology of Religion 
  • Premarital, Marital, and Family Counseling
  • Pastor as Counselor
  • Practicum in Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Global Christianity in an Interfaith World

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




48 SCH
  • MAPCC Clinical track is a 65-credit hour 
  • The MAPCC Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care track is a 48-credit hour


On Campus, Blended, Online

Academic requirements

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English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Online Application for Admission
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Resume 
  • Three letters of recommendation, including one church reference and at least one academic reference
  • Official copies of transcripts from each college or university you have attended
  • A $75 application processing fee which can be submitted online via debit or credit card when submitting your application as final, or mailed to us via check or money order
  • Official TOEFL scores

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    20160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 840 USD per credit during 24 months.
  • National

    20160 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 840 USD per credit during 24 months.

Living costs for Evanston

1100 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

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


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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