Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling & Care

Providing essential soul care


The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling & Care (MAPCC) provides academic and professional training needed in order for persons to provide ministerial support and counseling to individuals, couples, and families within diverse settings. The degree program is designed to equip student with the skills necessary to effectively integrate theology and pastoral education into their ministerial practice.

Degree Learning Outcomes

Having completed the MA in Pastoral Counseling & Care, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and faithful interpretation and responsible use of Scripture in appropriate ministry and professional settings.
  • Establish communal and personal disciplines that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation.
  • Form a missional vision of kingdom ministry within multi-cultural and multi-faith contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant, and integrated with life and ministry.
  • Develop ongoing practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God.
  • Exhibit effective ministry skill sets related to pastoral counseling and care.

Requirements for Graduation

Students earning the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling & Care must complete 55 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. More than 50% of this degree must be completed at the Ashland Campus.

Degree Design

Class Name Credit Hours
Preliminary and Summative Coursework
Step One Platform (required online, 5-wk non-credit bearing)
FLD 6601 Field Study Introduction 1 hour
FLD 6601 Field Study Introduction 1 hour
FLD 6602 Field Study (2) .5 hour
FLD 6603 Field Study (3) .5 hour
FLD 6610 Field Study Capstone 1 hour
Spiritual Formation Courses
SPF 5541 Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines 2 hours
SPF 5542 Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer 2 hours
Core Courses
BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts 3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith 3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God 3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics 3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community 3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament 3 hours
OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) 3 hours
OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2) 3 hours
Ministry Cohort
PCC 5520 Well Being in Ministry 3 hours
PCC 5530 Pastoral Counseling and Care 3 hours
Pastoral Counseling and Care Courses
PCC 6653 Chronic Illness, Dying and Grieving 3 hours
PCC 6657 Counseling Marriage, Family and Relational Issues 3 hours
PCC 7761 Small Groups as Context for Pastoral Counseling and Care 3 hours
PCC 7728 Care of the Soul and Formational Prayer 3 hours
Elective Courses
Open Electives 6 hours
Total Hours 55 hours


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Who to Contact

Roberto Christian Ponce 419-289-5706