Develop the skills it takes to serve members of your church and community as a trusted caregiver and counselor with Southeastern University’s online master’s in pastoral care and counseling program.

With the online pastoral care and counseling degree, you’ll expand your leadership capabilities and learn to combine advanced counseling methods with your ministry to improve the lives of those who are struggling with a variety of challenges, including mental illness. As a student of the online pastoral care and counseling program , you’ll gain the skills necessary to utilize theological principles to promote spiritual, emotional, physical and mental wholeness through Bible-based counseling and pastoral care.

When pursuing the pastoral care and counseling program online with Southeastern University, you’ll have access to an interactive classroom and flexible course options designed with your busy schedule in mind. You’ll receive the freedom to shape your experience in a way that minimizes disruptions to your life, in addition to personalized attention and support from educators with years of ministry and counseling experience.

Dedicated to your academic and professional success, your educators will guide you through a comprehensive curriculum founded on biblical insights. Through a variety of topics, the pastoral care and counseling courses will help you grasp advanced counseling techniques and learn to identify diversities in both clinical and biblical counseling theories. In addition, you’ll explore common challenges faced by  those that provide care and counseling as you explore the need for and strategies that promote self-care, while strengthening your problem-solving skills and preparing for success in the next step in your career.

The online master’s in pastoral care and counseling program is ideal for ministry professionals as well as lay leader in the Church and faith based agencies striving to serve others through faith-based care and counseling. Although the completion of this program may provide the credentials for career advancement within your church or private sector, it does not lead to state licensure as a clinical professional. Students are responsible for understanding their state’s pastoral counseling rules regarding a dispensation or exemption for clergy or those operating under the umbrella of a cognizable denomination or a church.


Southeastern University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate, baccalaureate, master’s and doctoral degrees.

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Courses and Requirements

The online master’s in pastoral care and counseling program includes 36 credits, with 30 credits in the core curriculum and 6 credits through completion of a practicum.

Students who wish to enroll in Southeastern University’s online master’s in pastoral care and counseling program must have:

  1. A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher

Courses required to complete the program.

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How to Apply

When applying to SEU'S online master's in pastoral care and counseling program, you will need:

  • Completed application
  • Official transcripts from a regionally accredited college or university
  • A research writing sample
  • Two academic or professional references
  • A Christian character assessment

Tuition and Fees

Component Cost Total*
Tuition $495 per credit hour $17,820
Technology Fee $150 per semester $600
General Student Fee $150 per semester $600
Totals $19,020

Time to completion varies by student, depending on individual progress and credits transferred, if applicable. Fees are charged per semester unless otherwise noted. This program takes an estimated three to four semesters to complete, depending on transfer credits. For a personalized estimate of your time to completion, call an enrollment advisor at 866.858.6290 or request more information.

* Tuition and fees are subject to change. Books and materials are not included and may cost up to an additional $5,500.

Financial Aid

At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.

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Career Outcomes

The online master’s in pastoral care and counseling program will equip you with the skills needed to provide Bible-based counseling and guidance to couples, families, groups and individuals of all ages. When you complete the program, you’ll qualify for a variety of rewarding careers in churches, mental health counseling centers, substance abuse treatment centers, shelters and chaplaincies. Many graduates of the program find career success in the following areas:

  • Pastoral counseling
  • Pastoral caregiving
  • Hospice
  • Christian family services
  • Christian schools
  • Church counseling centers

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Benefits of Learning Online

By studying online with SEU, you’ll experience the luxury of being able to complete your course work during your own time, wherever you may be.

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