MA: Pastoral Counseling

HBU Online Learning Program


About the Degree

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program is designed to provide graduate coursework to those seeking to work more effectively helping others in their current ministries. Areas of study include: addiction & recovery, crisis response, human sexuality, marriage & family, military & veteran care and counseling, and life coaching. The program emphasizes the development of research-supported interpersonal skills while encouraging students to reflect on their personal values, and to grow in maturity. This program includes an internship in pastoral counseling.

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Admission Requirements

Students must provide all official transcripts, two recommendations, a resume/CV, official GRE report, and complete an interview.

This program requires a conferred graduate degree from either a regionally-accredited counseling or educational diagnostician program. Your conferred bachelor’s degree transcript is also required. **If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts. Any post-baccalaureate or graduate level transcripts will also be required. Candidates could have graduated with a baccalaureate degree with a major in psychology in the last seven years from a regionally accredited college or university. Coursework should include the following: Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Introduction to Statistics with a grade of “B” or better. Candidates could have graduated with a baccalaureate degree with another major, but have taken undergraduate Introduction to Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, and Introduction to Statistics in the last seven years and passed with a grade of “B” or better. These courses may have been taken as part of the bachelor’s degree, or may have been taken separately (e.g., at a community college.) Candidates may be accepted into the program and then take PSYC 5300 (General Psychology), PSYC 5301 (Introduction to Statistics), and PSYC 5302 (Abnormal Psychology) before beginning their graduate coursework.

Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source. Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted. Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid.

Applicants must provide an official report of scores for the Graduate Record Examination (not more than five (5) years old). All sections will be taken into consideration – Quantitative, Verbal, and Analytical Writing. Details may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282. *You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.

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