Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pastoral Counseling2018-11-26T16:14:06+00:00

Master of Arts (M.A.) in Pastoral Counseling

Tuition Ranked Top Ten Most Affordable

On Campus Only – Accredited

60 Credit Hours – 2 Years (avg.)

Upon completion of the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling graduates should be able to demonstrate:

  1. Proficiency in key program components, such as, the analysis of the theoretical/theological underpinnings of mental health and pastoral counseling, the evaluation of pastoral counseling theories/practices, and the application of human growth/development theories in the context of pastoral counseling;
  2. The ability to apply Biblical hermeneutics to the discipline of diagnosis and treatment of psychopathology, as well as, proficiency in comparative analysis of Biblical worldview and the secular as it pertains to issues of human sexuality, diversity, legal, ethical considerations, and professional standards;
  3. The ability to apply group theories/practice in the context of pastoral counseling, application of different modes of counseling assessments, research and program evaluations;
  4. The ability to assess and counsel substance abuse clients and provide pastoral counseling in community settings; and
  5. The program proficiencies through project designs, research, defending, and writing scholarly papers.

Potential Career Options with a Masters of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling

    • Church Counselor
    • Ministry Worker
    • Pastor

Benefits of the Masters of Arts Degree in Pastoral Counseling

By earning your master’s degree from an accredited, nonprofit institution, you can be confident your degree will be well respected within your field. Tuition for all undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs is ranked Top Ten in the country, with no out of state tuition. While many other colleges have raised tuition, SFBC has been able to keep costs low as a nonprofit institution. Gain hands-on experience in your own community with the MA in Pastoral Counseling program’s practicum. You can complete our master in pastoral counseling degree in as little as two years. No GRE is required.

Through the M.A. degree in Pastoral Counseling, you will study:

    • Theoretical Underpinnings of Mental Health Counseling
    • Legal, Ethical, and Professional Issues in Counseling
    • Pastoral Counseling Theories
    • Marriage and Family Counseling Theories
    • Career Development in Counseling
    • Human Growth and Development
    • Couples Counseling
    • Psychotherapy and Substance Abuse
    • Social and Cultural Diversity
    • Human Sexuality
    • Diagnosis and Treatment of Psychopathology
    • Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents
    • Counseling in Community Settings
    • Group Theories and Practices
    • Individual Evaluation and Assessment

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