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.
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:
- A bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution with a cumulative 3.0 GPA or higher
Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMCC 5003 Introduction to Pastoral Care, Counseling, and Mentoring This course provides an overview of the need for pastoral care, counseling and mentoring in the church and how it should be integrated into the ministry of the church. The course deals with the basic training in academic and practical dimensions involved in the preparation of students for the complex task of pastoral care and counseling. The focus is upon the pastor in the congregational setting as a provider of services to individuals, couples, families and groups in the Body of Christ. 3 PMCC 5013 Spiritual Formation for Ministers, Lay Ministers, and Mentors This course provides a model for spiritual and psychological growth. It begins from a self-centered perspective and grows step-by-step toward the goal of a Godly life motivated by love and conformed to the image of Christ. This course helps the student identify where they are in this process, leads them toward maturity in Christ and teaches how to care, counsel and mentor for spiritual growth. 3 PMCC 5023 Self-Care for Ministers, Lay Ministers, and Mentors This course will promote the perspective that self-care is under the individual’s control. Attention will be given to self-care as learned, purposeful and continuous, and it refers to the care and cultivation of self in a comprehensive sense, focusing on the minister’s spiritual, physical and psychological health. 3 PMCC 5033 Crisis Intervention This course studies crisis intervention applied to various crises such as post-traumatic stress, death and bereavement, sexual assault, addictions, partner violence and loss. Current models of crisis intervention will be investigated, including a multi-step model that informs and empowers the minister and layperson in crisis situations. 3 PMCC 5043 Introduction to Abnormal Behavior This course provides an overview of the common forms of abnormal behavior as defined by the psychological community. Symptoms, etiology and treatment according to the nomenclature of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders (DSM-5) will be used. It is intended to provide the minister with the background to identify, assess and assist in positive change or refer clients which might present cases beyond the capabilities of the minister. The focus will be on separating physical and psychological (pathological) behavior from Bible-based spiritual issues. 3 PMCC 5053 Marriage and Family Counseling This course studies the counseling approaches to marriage and family issues, including the problems associated with communication, problem solution/conflict resolution and role expectations. Various methods and models of care, counseling and mentoring will be explored. 3 PMCC 5063 Group Dynamics and Techniques This course examines the dynamic of group, especially small groups and their effectiveness. Exploring the dynamic of one and how a small group of individuals can come together and accomplish more than the effort of an individual will be the focus. Related principles, theories and techniques will be included to broaden an understanding of group dynamics. 3 PMCC 5073 Personality Learning Theories This course will familiarize students with the current personality theories utilized in contemporary psychological and counseling environments. Included in the course will be the history of these theories and the applications of them in psychotherapy 3 PMCC 5083 Pastoral Counseling, Mentoring, and Life Coaching This course teaches the methods and techniques contained in the Bible that focus on pastoral counseling, mentoring and life coaching skills, and how to construct and apply those principles using the Bible as the resource. 3 PMCC 5093 Human Growth and Development This course provides an introduction to developmental psychology. It explores the different stages of the human life-span: prenatal, infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood, as well as the biological, psychological and social changes that occur concurrently. Topics include: theories of development, genetics and development, birth and the neonate, cognitive and brain development, early experience, attachment, motor and language development, social, sex- role, moral development, and aging and death. 3 Course Number Course Title Description Credits PMCC 5103 Practicum I This course provides instruction in the application of pastoral care, counseling, and life coaching, supervision and practice. Students will conduct simulated practical applications in the areas of pastoral care, counseling and life coaching under faculty supervision. 3 PMCC 5203 Practicum II This course provides on-site pastoral care, counseling and life coaching instruction, supervision and practice in an approved setting. The practicum students will be supervised by qualified individuals approved by the faculty practicum professor. 3
Tuition and Fees
|Tuition||$495 per credit hour||$17,820|
|Technology Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
|General Student Fee||$150 per semester||$600|
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.
At SEU, we want to help make your online education even more affordable, so we offer a variety of financial aid options.Learn More
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
- Christian family services
- Christian schools
- Church counseling centers
Frequently Asked Questions
- Because our online tuition rate is already discounted, we do not offer additional internal scholarships. However, we encourage you to apply for external scholarships. Connect with your tuition planner for additional information.
- Yes. Our online students are an extension of our community. You are welcome to visit campus, use our library or other amenities and attend campus events.
- Typically, you don’t have to take these exams. Contact your enrollment counselor for details.
- We accept transfer credit all the way up to the master's degree level and offer free transfer credit evaluations. Transfer credits are accepted from regionally accredited colleges and universities, as well as institutions accredited by the Association for Biblical Higher Education. We also accept transfer credits from nationally accredited or unaccredited institutions if an articulation agreement exists. For information, view our Transfer Policy.
Benefits of Learning Online
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