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Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling



Class Type

100% Online

Cost for Program


Credit Transfer

Up to 15 Credits

Expected Length

24 Months

About the program: 

What you will learn: 

As a Christian counselor, you do more than just help people work through their problems – you help people recognize their spiritual needs and connect with God’s healing grace. Whether you need a biblical counseling degree to further your current ministry or want to branch out into Christian counseling as your primary ministry role, our online M.A. in Pastoral Counseling will provide a flexible and affordable path to the skills and knowledge you need. 

To complete the coursework, each course will have an assigned book in which you will be expected to summarize, and then complete a reflection assessment to determine course comprehension. After your coursework is completed, you will then be required to submit a thesis which will be reviewed by an appointed panel. 

This course will teach you Biblical and theological concepts and topics that will ground your ministry in the Word of God. You will understand pastoral counseling incorporating both the best of psychological theory and the riches of contemporary theology. You will find educational and spiritual approaches that combine both theory and practice. During your scholarship journey, you will discover a vision of the counselor that reflects both individual and relational work, supportive and intensive therapies, psychological competence, and theological congruence. 

What can do with a Pastoral Counseling degree? 

This program is ideal for those seeking to work within faith-based organizations and ministries. Careers can include but are not limited to: 

  • Christian educator

  • Church counselor

  • Ministry worker

  • Pastor

Featured Courses

Course Name
Complex Trauma Stress Disorder
Modern Psychotherapies
Counselor Communications
Counseling Ethics


Degree programs of study offered by Queens College of Theology have been declared by the appropriate state authority exempt from the requirements for licensure, under provisions of North Carolina Statues Section (G.S.) 116-15 (d) for exemption from licensure with respect to religious education. Exemption from licensure is not based upon assessment of program quality under established licensing standards. To read more about this exemption, you can click here. As of right now, we are not pursuing an accreditation status by an agency approved by the Department of Education. We are pursuing accreditation by religious organizations to ensure our programs of study remain respected amongst the Christian vocation. 

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