Master ofPastoral Counseling
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Oral Roberts University’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling is a 100% online program
that can equip you to serve on the front lines of the Spirit-empowered movement today.
You will graduate with practical knowledge, grounded in Scripture, with applied skills
related to the ministry of pastoral counseling, taught by faculty who have both pastoral
and clinical experience.
More than this, our commitment to educating your whole person—mind, body, and spirit—can
truly set you apart with a practical online ministry degree for anyone who feels called
to serve in church, para-church, or ministry training settings. It is designed for
who have been out of college for at least two years, and who are looking for an affordable
way to study the bible, theology, spirituality, and ministry from both pastoral and
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WHAT ABOUT ACCREDITATION?
As a university, we meet the accreditation standards of the Higher Learning Commission
(HLC). This program, offered by our Graduate School of Theology and Ministry, is also
accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
in the United States and Canada (ATS).
HOW WILL A MASTER OF PASTORAL COUNSELING ADVANCE MY CAREER?
Our unique mission to develop Spirit-empowered leaders can enhance your effectiveness
as you serve in these ministry-related occupations:
- Pastoral Counselors
- Lead Pastors
- Associate Pastors
- Ministry Leaders
WHAT COURSES WILL I TAKE?
To earn an M.A. in Pastoral Counseling, you will take various courses that will set
you apart as a skilled pastoral counselor. A few of the fundamental courses that will
set you apart in ministry:
- Theology of Pastoral Counseling
- Scripture and Pastoral Counseling
- Pastoral Counseling and Crises
- Pastoral Counseling Methods
- Pastoral Counseling for Relationships
- Pastoral Counseling and Addictions
HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO GRADUATE?
This degree program requires 36 credit hours. If you enroll full-time, you could finish
it in just 24 months. To be considered a full-time student, you need to take one 3-credit
hour course over a 7-week term, with six terms per year. During each course, you will
meet your instructor and classmates in a live-stream webinar four times. The program
culminates with a Pastoral Counseling Practicum where you will apply counseling principles
to clients and congregants in a ministerial context to gain practical experience.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS PROGRAM COST?
Our affordable tuition means your finances go further. In addition, many students
benefit from federal aid and our interest-free payment plan. To view your cost, click here.
ANY OTHER REASONS TO COMPLETE MY DEGREE ONLINE WITH ORU?
- You’ll graduate on time with a team of Success Coaches who’ll walk with you every
step of the way.
- You can begin classes ASAP with year-round terms and direct access to our friendly
- Fit classes into your schedule so you can balance work and family commitments.
- Academic support with easy access to caring professors and helpful learning resources.
- Access classes anytime and anywhere with our mobile-friendly and user-friendly online
- ORU Online is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC) and utilizes the
same world-class curriculum as traditional courses.
Ask us about our introductory 7-day Graduate Orientation class that will jump-start
your graduate studies. Experience what students around the world have gained earning
a degree with ORU Online
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in the world. We develop whole leaders for the whole world through a unique Whole
Person education. Spirit-empowered leaders come to ORU, not to “stay” in their faith,
but to GROW in faith.