Divinity (M.Div.) - Pastoral Counseling

Divinity (M.Div.) - Pastoral Counseling

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
APOL 500Introduction to Apologetics3
CHHI 510Survey of the History of Christianity3
CHMN 679Capstone3
or CHMN 699 Internship
DSMN 500Discipleship Ministries3
EVAN 525Contemporary Evangelism3
GLST 650Intercultural Communication3
HOMI 500Preparation of the Sermon3
or HOMI 601 Foundations of Expository Teaching and Preaching
LEAD 510Biblical Foundations of Leadership3
NBST 515New Testament Orientation I3
NBST 520New Testament Orientation II3
NBST 610Hermeneutics3
NGRK 505Greek Language Tools3
or NGRK 520 Beginning Greek I
OBST 515Old Testament Orientation I3
OBST 520Old Testament Orientation II3
OTCL 505Hebrew Language Tools3
or OTCL 520 Beginning Hebrew I
PACO 500Introduction to Pastoral Counseling3
PACO 603Premarital and Marital Counseling3
RTCH 500Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation 13
THEO 525Systematic Theology I3
THEO 530Systematic Theology II3
THEO 650Public Theology3
Total Hours63

RTCH 500 Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation (3 c.h.) is required to be taken within the first two semesters for all students

Pastoral Counseling Cognate
Choose twelve credit hours of the following:12
Foundational Doctrines for Pastoral Counselors
Multicultural Issues in Pastoral Counseling
Spiritual Formation in Pastoral Counseling
Marriage and Family Counseling
Theories and Techniques in Pastoral Counseling
Healthy Sexuality
Gerontology and Counseling
Counseling Women
Total Hours12

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 75 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Degree must be completed within 10 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Resident & Online Format

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
NBST 515 New Testament Orientation I 3
RTCH 500 Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation 1 3
LEAD 510 Biblical Foundations of Leadership 3
NBST 520 New Testament Orientation II 3
Second Semester
EVAN 525 Contemporary Evangelism 3
NGRK 505
Greek Language Tools
or Beginning Greek I
NBST 610 Hermeneutics 3
OTCL 505
Hebrew Language Tools
or Beginning Hebrew I
Third Semester
GLST 650 Intercultural Communication 3
HOMI 500
Preparation of the Sermon
or Foundations of Expository Teaching and Preaching
OBST 515 Old Testament Orientation I 3
THEO 525 Systematic Theology I 3
Fourth Semester
CHMN 679
or Internship
DSMN 500 Discipleship Ministries 3
PACO 500 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling 3
THEO 530 Systematic Theology II 3
Fifth Semester
APOL 500 Introduction to Apologetics 3
OBST 520 Old Testament Orientation II 3
PACO 603 Premarital and Marital Counseling 3
PACO Elective 2 3
Sixth Semester
CHHI 510 Survey of the History of Christianity 3
PACO Elective 2 3
PACO Elective 2 3
PACO Elective 2 3
THEO 650 Public Theology 3
 Total Hours75

RTCH 500 is required to be taken within the first two semesters for all students.


Choose from PACO 501, PACO 504, PACO 509, PACO 615, PACO 617, PACO 625, PACO 630, or PACO 687.

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