Pastoral Counseling

Pastoral Counseling
Type of Degree: 
Master of Arts
Required Credits: 
39 hours
Average Time of Commitment/Completion: 
1.5 - 2 years

The MA in Pastoral Counseling provides rigorous training in the techniques and theories of counseling and in human development. The degree studies the whole person in an ecumenical learning community designed to challenge students academically but in a nurturing Christian community so that students young and old can grow spiritually as well as intellectually. It seeks to graduate practitioners who effectively use contemplation, listening and communication skills, and compassionate care in their private and professional lives.

Examples Of Careers/Jobs That Are Suited To This Major: 

This degree prepares professionals who want to work in mental health, public health and other community service careers and as pastors, chaplains and special care providers.

Examples Of This Major’s Core Classes: 
  • PSYC 5013    Human Development
  • PSYC 5113    Personality Theories
  • PSYC 5213    Social and Cultural Foundations (PCSL 5423 Multicultural Pastoral Counseling and Care may substitute)
  • PSYC 5313    Professional Orientation and Ethics
  • PSYC 5523    Individual Counseling Theories and Techniques
Special Activities/Opportunities You’ll Experience At St. Gregory’s: 

The program is designed so you can continue to work while earning your Master's degree.

  • Summers are free of course work
  • Complete three courses per semester
  • Classes meet two nights a week in 16 week sessions
  • Summer Practicums
Our Commitment To You: 

St. Gregory's University is committed to excellence in education through a faculty and staff dedicated to a quality learning experience that ensures the ultimate success of our graduates.

Designed for working professionals, the programs of our College for Continuing Studies emphasize the foundational values and ethical leadership essential to success in today's diverse society and expanding workplace. Coursework integrates ethics, critical thinking, problem solving, technology, and teamwork to form a critical base of knowledge and skills.

A degree from St. Gregory's University is valued and recognized throughout business and academic communities.

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