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Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling (MAPC) is a graduate program that is intended for those who are currently working in a church or a Christian social agency or desire a career in this field. This is also ideal for you if you are simply keen on developing a set of clinical counseling skills that will enhance your present and future roles in a pastoral ministry. What is distinctive about this program is its emphasis on spiritual formation, through which will learn how to effectively integrate spiritual components such as character formation and discipleship with psychology and theology.

Overview / Admission Requirements

Credits 54 credits
Duration Part-time (Local): Up to 5 years
Full-time (International): 3 years
Admission Requirements

You must:

  • Be a Christian believer with a genuine desire for Christian service
  • Be at least 25 years old on the date of admission
  • Have obtained a bachelor’s degree in any field from a recognized university/institution or bible school/college
  • Clear an admission interview

If you are an international applicant you must have obtained a minimum TOEFL score of 80(IBT)/550(PBT) or an IELTS score of 6.5 (or the equivalent).


Upon successful completion of the program, you should be able to:

  • Apply to be a professional member with the Singapore Association for Counseling (SAC) and be recognised as a Provisional Clinical Members
  • Be competent in core clinical skills in counseling, culturally sensitive to all individuals and ethical in practice
  • Apply for a career as a professional counselor in community-based and faith-based voluntary welfare organizations (VWOs), government ministries (e.g. Ministry of Education) as well as private counseling services
  • Contribute to the counseling fraternity in Singapore


Theoretical Foundations

18 credits

Foundations of Counseling 3
Self of the Counselor 3
Human Development 3
Theories and Individual Counseling 3
Theories and Marital and Family Counseling 3
Theories of Group Work 3

Specialization Courses

15 credits

Family Work: Assessment and
Spirituality and Counseling 3
Addiction Counseling* 3
Counseling Children* 3
Divorce and Remarriage* 3
Gender and Sexuality* 3

* Students will choose any three out of four course options from these courses.

Clinical Foundations

15 credits

Professional Ethics 3
Appraisals, Tests and Assessments 3
Core Clinical Skills I 3
Core Clinical Skills II 3
Psychopathology 3

Capstone Course

6 credits

Practicum with Supervision over two terms.


54 credits

Each course is worth three credits unless otherwise stated.

Graduation Requirements

Students must fulfill the following requirements for graduation.

  • Satisfactory completion of the program of study
  • Maintenance of a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.7
  • Approval by the Dean’s Committee
  • Settlement of all financial obligations with the College
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