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Often a follow-up to a bachelor's degree, a Master of Arts (MA) degree is something many students decide to work toward in order to improve their career choices and raise their earning potential. A master's degree is also a requirement for anyone hoping to enter a doctoral program. What is an MA in Pastoral Care? Pastoral care is a field of counseling that focuses on psychotherapy and theology. St… Read more

Often a follow-up to a bachelor's degree, a Master of Arts (MA) degree is something many students decide to work toward in order to improve their career choices and raise their earning potential. A master's degree is also a requirement for anyone hoping to enter a doctoral program.

What is an MA in Pastoral Care? Pastoral care is a field of counseling that focuses on psychotherapy and theology. Students who decide to obtain a degree in pastoral care often have a very strong commitment to faith. They will learn about different types of counseling including premarital and marital counseling, grief counseling, biblical principles of counseling, and pastoral leadership. Other courses include theology, religious history, ethics and religion in contemporary world society.

Individuals might decide to take courses in pastoral care for several reasons besides their hope to help people. They might also learn about communication, planning and organization, and other skills they can apply to many aspects of life.

The cost to obtain a degree in pastoral care will depend on where student decides to take courses and how long it will take for them to complete classes. Research should always be done to ensure the best decision-making process.

Individuals who graduate with a degree in pastoral care often go on to work as counselors for individuals, couples or entire families. They could counsel on a broad range of topics or focus on situations such as marital problems or grief counseling. Graduates work in a variety of locations including churches, hospitals, substance abuse or mental health treatment centers, shelters or in private practices. Those who choose to pursue licensing will have a broader range of options, but licensing is not necessary for every setting.

International pastoral care programs are available in many universities. Some of them provide online options for people who live in remote areas or who need more flexible scheduling. To get started with a course, search for your program below and contact directly the admission office of the school of your choice by filling in the lead form.

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Vancouver School of Theology
Vancouver, Canada

The Masters of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership recognizes the kinds of leaders that are needed for the changing nature of Christian communities and supports persons eng ... +

The Masters of Arts in Public and Pastoral Leadership recognizes the kinds of leaders that are needed for the changing nature of Christian communities and supports persons engaged in various forms of leadership, from congregations to social entrepreneurship, faith-based social services, NGOs, community-based development, mediation services and community-based justice initiatives. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
2 - 7 years
English
Jan 2023
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Aquinas Institute Of Theology
St. Louis, USA

The Good Shepherd's Catechesis is a Montessori–based religious formation program for children aged three to twelve years. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, hands-on ... +

The Good Shepherd's Catechesis is a Montessori–based religious formation program for children aged three to twelve years. It seeks to create and facilitate a sacred, hands-on space called an "atrium" in which both children and catechists hear, ponder, and celebrate the essential mysteries of the Christian faith revealed in Scripture and liturgy. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 5 years
English
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Augustine Institute
Greenwood Village, USA

The MA in Leadership for the New Evangelization provides Catholics seeking to serve the Church through ecclesial lay leadership comprehensive theological, spiritual, pastoral ... +

The MA in Leadership for the New Evangelization provides Catholics seeking to serve the Church through ecclesial lay leadership comprehensive theological, spiritual, pastoral and human formation to equip them to meet the needs and challenges of the authentic implementation of New Evangelization in the life of the Church. -
MA
English
 

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International Baptist College
Chandler, USA

The Master of Arts in Ministry program is designed to equip students with the knowledge (Truth) and the skills (Grace) essential for ministry.

The Master of Arts in Ministry program is designed to equip students with the knowledge (Truth) and the skills (Grace) essential for ministry. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus
 
Mater Dei Institute of Education
Dublin, Ireland

The MA in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work course provides the academic, pastoral, spiritual, personal and professional development for those already working or wishing to ... +

The MA in Chaplaincy Studies and Pastoral Work course provides the academic, pastoral, spiritual, personal and professional development for those already working or wishing to work in the above contexts who seek to enrich their skills in the areas of Faith Development, Chaplaincy and Chaplaincy Coordination. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
English
Campus
 
Heythrop College - University Of London

Integrate theology and experience, theory and practice, and faith and action in this degree, as you reflect on the relationships between faith, humanity, experience, practice, ... +

Integrate theology and experience, theory and practice, and faith and action in this degree, as you reflect on the relationships between faith, humanity, experience, practice, professional and working life, church, culture, social context and theology, taking account of different traditions. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
Campus
 
Redcliffe College

Member Care is a relatively new discipline which trains and equips workers to prepare better for cross-cultural life and ministry and to cope with adjustment pre-, during and ... +

Member Care is a relatively new discipline which trains and equips workers to prepare better for cross-cultural life and ministry and to cope with adjustment pre-, during and post- assignment. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Vancouver School of Theology
Vancouver, Canada

The concentration in Spiritual Care is designed for those intending to pursue vocations as spiritual care practitioners in settings such as healthcare facilities, prisons and ... +

The concentration in Spiritual Care is designed for those intending to pursue vocations as spiritual care practitioners in settings such as healthcare facilities, prisons and correctional facilities. This specialization has been designed to be in sync with the BC provincial government framework standards as well as the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care certification requirements. Within 24 months students can meet the BC standards requirements for a spiritual health practitioner. -
MA
Full-time
Part-time
3 - 7 years
English
Jan 2023
Online & Campus Combined
Campus
Online
 
Mater Dei Institute of Education
Dublin, Ireland

The Professional MA in Healthcare Chaplaincy offers students a multidisciplinary approach to Healthcare Chaplaincy. It provides academic, pastoral, spiritual, personal and pro ... +

The Professional MA in Healthcare Chaplaincy offers students a multidisciplinary approach to Healthcare Chaplaincy. It provides academic, pastoral, spiritual, personal and professional education for people who wish to work in Healthcare settings. -
MA
Full-time
English
Campus