24 months
5700 USD/year
5700 USD/year
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Are you looking for a way to combine your passion for ministry with your love for helping others? Consider a master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship and Church Ministry at Liberty University. This degree provides the training you need to be an effective church planter, discipleship and life group pastor, lay leader, and non-licensed counselor.

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Prepare to Make a Greater Impact in Ministry with a Master’s in Pastoral Counseling and Discipleship

Our pastoral counseling courses can help you develop a better understanding of how to reach hurting people. Our core pastoral counseling courses focus on marriage and family counseling and crisis counseling. In addition, our discipleship and church ministry focused courses explore family discipleship and small group ministry training.

Get excited about impacting your church and community with a master’s degree that prepares you for more. As a non-clinical counseling track, this program provides you with a degree path that can be completed in as little as one year. Imagine walking away with a graduate degree that equips you to better serve your congregation in under 12 months!

Why Choose Liberty’s Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship and Church Ministry degree?

Leading others is a big responsibility. Let us equip you to be effective in your ministry with our M.A. in Pastoral Counseling. Pursuing your master’s degree with Liberty University means receiving quality academics with biblical integration. All of our pastoral counseling faculty have served for at least 20 years in the counseling field. They are excited about sharing their immense experience with you as you embark on God’s calling for your life.

Career Opportunities for Discipleship and Ministry Pastoral Counseling Graduates

  • Associate Pastor
  • Chaplain
  • Church Counselor
  • Lay Leader
  • Non-licensed Counselor
  • Teaching Pastor
  • Youth Pastor



Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Family Discipleship
  • Leading the Healthy, Growing, Multiplying Church
  •  Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
  • Theories and Techniques in Pastoral Counseling

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




36 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 who are in the final term of their bachelor’s degree)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2850 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.
  • National

    5700 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 2850 USD per semester and a duration of 24 months.


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Pastoral Counseling - Discipleship and Church Ministry
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