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Master of Arts in Pastoral

Master of Arts in Pastoral

Master of Arts in Pastoral

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 60 credits
Duration Part-time: Up to 5 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 for and practice as a professionally recognized pastoral counselor who is theologically informed and clinically skillful in your service in churches, church-based community services and voluntary welfare organizations (VWOs) and/or Christian organizations
  • Be culturally sensitive and ethical in practice, while being mindful of integrating Christian faith in a professional counseling setting


Academic and Biblical Foundations

24 credits

Introduction to Psychology
Old Testament Foundations 3
New Testament Foundations 3
Hermeneutics 3
Christian Ethics 3
Christian Doctrine 3
Pastoral Counseling 3
Issues in Pastoral Counseling 3
Spiritual Formation and Christian Character 3

Theoretical Foundations

18 credits

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

Clinical Foundations

12 credits

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

Capstone Course

6 credits

Practicum with Supervision over two terms.


60 credits

Each course is worth three credits unless otherwise stated.

Academic Requirements

You will need to complete the following courses in the first year of each program as part of the academic requirements:

  • Christian Ethics (Credit)
  • Introduction to Psychology (Credit)
  • Old Testament Survey/Foundation (Audit)
  • New Testament Survey/Foundation (Audit)

Classes are usually conducted in the weekday evenings and on Saturdays. Special block classes may be scheduled on weekdays from time to time.

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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