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Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care, M.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #801 (QS) Manhattan, NY, United States
In keeping with the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, or care of the whole person, the M.A. in pastoral counseling program integrates state-of-the-art mental health counseling training with a solid foundation in theology and spirituality.
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In addition to studying psychosocial assessment, diagnosis, professional ethics, and clinical intervention, you’ll take courses in pastoral counseling and spiritual care.

Whether you are called to be a mental health counselor, therapist, pastoral minister, or chaplain, you’ll be equipped to provide therapeutic services in faith-based contexts. 

Program Highlights

  • Graduates will be eligible to apply for licensure as a mental health counselor in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, and several other U.S. states. 
  • You will gain hands-on experience in a supervised clinical internship working with individuals and groups as a professional counselor.
  • You will have the opportunity to work closely with a faculty adviser.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Pastoral Counseling Theory
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Advanced Adult Development
  • Psychopathology and Diagnosis
  • Group Process: Th and Tech
  • Research Methods in Pastoral Counseling
  • Assessment and Appraisal of Individual

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    60 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

You need the following TOEFL iBT ® score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Completion of the online application
  • Personal Statement 
  • CV/Resume
  • Two Letters of Recommendation 
  • All transcripts of undergraduate/graduate institutions attended with one of the undergraduate transcripts providing evidence of the reception of a BA/BS degree 
  • Interview with a member of the pastoral counseling faculty (in person if the student is in the area or via Skpe/Facetime if the student is unable to travel to campus) 
  • International students must also submit a TOEFL exam score and an International Transcript Evaluation. More information on how to apply as an international applicant can be found on our International Applicants page. 

Tuition Fee

  • International

    902 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 902 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    902 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 902 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for Manhattan

  • 2638 - 5760 USD/month
    Living Costs

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