Pastoral Care

Fordham University

15 months
1442 USD/credit
1442 USD/credit
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The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care is designed to prepare students engaged in ministerial work to be competent and effective pastoral caregivers in their present and future ministries. The program at Fordham University  nurtures in-depth study, meaningful reflection, and the interdependence of theory and practice. 


Although students in the program may progress through the curriculum completing courses online, they are required to complete the course Pastoral Counseling Skills on campus. This course at Fordham University  is offered as a one week (Monday to Friday) class during the early summer session, usually mid-June, or at times as a 15 week fall or spring course. All other courses can be completed entirely online.  

At the core of the MA program in Pastoral Care...

  • are philosophical, theological, historical, psychological, sociological, and cultural foundations. Various modalities of theological reflection are utilized: pastoral and practical theology, psychology, developmental theory, spirituality, and cultural and multicultural perspectives. 

Who are the students who enroll in the hybrid Masters Degree Program in Pastoral Care?

  • They are clergy and lay people involved in ministry of many kinds: parish ministry, chaplaincy in hospitals or other settings, youth ministry, work with the elderly or with at-risk populations. Those interested in Chaplaincy may use this degree to seek certification from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) or the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pastoral Counseling Theory
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Professional Ethics in Pastoral Counseling
  • Theology of Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care
  • Pastoral Counseling Skills

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 15 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

  • All applicants must have a baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university and have obtained a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B). If you have received a post bachelors degree from an accredited college or university, a minimum GPA of 3.5 is required.
  • Official transcripts of all coursework Resume/Curriculum Vitae
  • Personal Statement
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • GRE/MAT Exams

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1442 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1442 USD per credit and a duration of 15 months.
  • National

    1442 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1442 USD per credit and a duration of 15 months.


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Pastoral Care
Fordham University