Religion (M.A.R.) - Pastoral Counseling

Religion (M.A.R.) - 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 520History of Christianity I3
CHHI 525History of Christianity II3
DSMN 500Discipleship Ministries3
DSMN 520Spiritual Formation3
EVAN 525Contemporary Evangelism3
GLST 500Global Studies Survey3
HOMI 500Preparation of the Sermon 13
NBST 515New Testament Orientation I3
NBST 520New Testament Orientation II3
NBST 610Hermeneutics3
OBST 515Old Testament Orientation I3
OBST 520Old Testament Orientation II3
RTCH 500Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation 23
THEO 525Systematic Theology I3
THEO 530Systematic Theology II3
Total Hours48

A student who will not be a part of a preaching ministry may substitute HOMI 601 Foundations of Expository Teaching and Preaching (3 c.h.) for HOMI 500 Preparation of the Sermon (3 c.h.)


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
PACO 500Introduction to Pastoral Counseling3
PACO 506Integration of Psychology and Theology3
PACO 507Theology and Spirituality in Counseling3
PACO 603Premarital and Marital Counseling3
Total Hours12

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 60 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 7 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
DSMN 500 Discipleship Ministries 3
OBST 515 Old Testament Orientation I 3
EVAN 525 Contemporary Evangelism 3
OBST 520 Old Testament Orientation II 3
Second Semester
NBST 515 New Testament Orientation I 3
RTCH 500 Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation 1 3
DSMN 520 Spiritual Formation 3
NBST 520 New Testament Orientation II 3
Third Semester
NBST 610 Hermeneutics 3
PACO 500 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling 3
APOL 500 Introduction to Apologetics 3
HOMI 500 Preparation of the Sermon 2 3
Fourth Semester
CHHI 520 History of Christianity I 3
GLST 500 Global Studies Survey 3
CHHI 525 History of Christianity II 3
PACO 506 Integration of Psychology and Theology 3
Fifth Semester
PACO 507 Theology and Spirituality in Counseling 3
THEO 525 Systematic Theology I 3
PACO 603 Premarital and Marital Counseling 3
THEO 530 Systematic Theology II 3
 Total Hours60

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


A student who will not be a part of a preaching ministry may substitute HOMI 601 for HOMI 500.

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