36 months
545 USD/credit
545 USD/credit
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If you have a heart for people and ministry, the Master of Divinity - Pastoral Counseling at Liberty University will give you the knowledge you need to effectively lead others through the difficult circumstances in life.

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Minister to the Needs of Your Congregation and Those Outside of the Church With a Master of Divinity - Pastoral Counseling at Liberty University

Do you feel called to help others by providing spiritual guidance and biblical direction for their lives? A pastoral counselor’s job is a bit different from that of a clinical counselor. While other forms of therapy focus mainly on mental health, a pastoral counselor integrates spirituality, faith, and theology with psychotherapy to provide help for those who seek assistance. As a pastoral counselor, you may provide counseling in a variety of areas such as personal, pre-marital and marital, family, and faith issues.

Throughout this degree, you will study a wide range of topics like the Old and New Testaments, apologetics, church ministry, evangelism, homiletics, and theology. In addition, you will have a number of pastoral counseling electives so that you can focus on the area that you feel God is calling you to or that interests you most.

Career Opportunities for Master of Divinity – Pastoral Counseling Graduates

  • Church Counselor (non-licensed)
  • Family Pastor
  • Senior Pastor


ATS Commission on Accrediting.

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Multicultural Issues in Pastoral Counseling
  •  Human Sexuality
  • Counseling Women
  • Gerontology

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 36 months

Start dates & application deadlines




75 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

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

  • Admission application
  • Official bachelor’s degree transcripts with a 2.0 GPA or higher
  • Self-certification form for students in the final term of their bachelor’s degree
  • John W. Rawlings School of Divinity questionnaire
  • Pastoral recommender contact information

Tuition Fee

  • International

    545 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 545 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.
  • National

    545 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 545 USD per credit and a duration of 36 months.


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Divinity - Pastoral Counseling
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