12 months
960 USD/credit 34560 USD/year
960 USD/credit 34560 USD/year
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Integrating theory and practice, the M.A. in Pastoral Care program at Fordham University prepares you to serve as a competent and effective pastoral caregiver. You’ll delve into the philosophical, theological, historical, psychological, sociological, and cultural underpinnings of pastoral care while engaging in meaningful reflection. 


Offered exclusively online, this Pastoral Care program at Fordham University is designed for clergy and lay people involved in parish ministry, youth ministry, chaplaincy in hospitals and other settings, and those who work with the elderly or at-risk populations.

Graduates interested in chaplaincy may apply for certification from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains (NACC) or the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) upon fulfillment of other requirements such as completion of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units.


  • Chaplaincy in hospitals, prisons, hospice, or nursing homes
  • Leadership in pastoral care organizations
  • Parish, school, or diocesan ministry of pastoral care
  • Nonprofit or faith-based pastoral care

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
  • Social and Cultural Foundations of Pastoral Counseling
  • Psychology and Religion/Spirituality
  • Marriage/Family Therapy
  • Death, Dying, and Bereavement

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


36 SCH



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
GRE admission requirements GRE®
GMAT admission requirements GMAT

Student insurance

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  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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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

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  • International

    34560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 960 USD per credit during 12 months.
  • National

    34560 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 960 USD per credit during 12 months.


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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