Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care

Fordham University

12 months
1442 USD/credit
1442 USD/credit
Tuition fee
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In keeping with the Jesuit principle of cura personalis, or care of the whole person, the M.A. in Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care program at Fordham University integrates state-of-the-art mental health counseling training with a solid foundation in theology and spirituality.


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. 

Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care Program Highlights

  • Fordham University  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

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines




60 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

  • 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

    1442 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1442 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    1442 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1442 USD per credit and a duration of 12 months.


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Pastoral Counseling and Spiritual Care
Fordham University