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Pastoral Care, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 15 months
University rank #801 (QS) Manhattan, NY, United States
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 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 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

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 15 months
  • Credits
    36 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

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  • Minimum required score:


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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

    902 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 902 USD per credit and a duration of 15 months.
  • National

    902 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 902 USD per credit and a duration of 15 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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