MS in Pastoral Counseling





The Master of Science (MS) in Pastoral Counseling is a professional-level degree program. Experiences provide the foundation for pastoral counseling theory, scientific research, and clinical practice. In this context, students learn the different approaches and clinical techniques required for today’s practitioners offering therapeutic services to individuals and groups. Also, an optional goal of this program is to help prepare students to be a Member of the American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC). Students graduating from the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling Degree program will be prepared to do counseling through their ministry. This program also prepares students to move to advanced studies in related fields. Students planning to pursue further graduate study beyond the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling should maintain a 3.0 GPA.

Upon completion of the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling Program, the graduate will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate foundations of psychological theory used in Pastoral Counseling;
  2. Demonstrate clinical techniques required for practitioners in Pastoral Counseling;
  3. Seek admissions to advanced programs in counseling;
  4. Seek membership to the American Association of Pastoral Counselors; and
  5. Implement the practice of counseling in the Christian community.

These outcomes are assessed in the following course.  A student may demonstrate achievement of these outcomes by receiving a passing grade in the course and on the Program Exit Exam administered in the following capstone course: 

FT 7372 – MFT Clinical Training II

Time Normally Required to Complete the Program

The Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling may be completed in five semesters.  A student may take his or her courses on a part-time or full-time basis.


Graduation Requirements for the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling

Before being graduated with the Master of Science in Pastoral Counseling, a student must satisfy the following requirements:

1.    A total of 48 graduate semester hours of the required course work;

2.    At least 27 of the graduate semester hours must be from Amridge University.  

3.    Complete all required coursework including the specified practicum and clinical courses, including, three hundred and seventy-five (375) hours of supervised Pastoral Counseling and one hundred and twenty-five (125) hours of supervision, one-third of which must be with an AAPC Approved Supervisor;

4.    Pass the program capstone course and the Program Exit Examination that is given as part of the capstone course;

5.    Have a cumulative GPA of 2.0;

6.    Students who expect to pursue further graduate study beyond this degree should maintain a 3.0 GPA; and

7.    Complete an Amridge University Degree Completion Application. The properly completed and signed application must be submitted no later than the first day of classes of the semester prior to the semester the student plans to graduate. Following this schedule permits the University to conduct a full audit of the respective student’s records to make sure that all courses, programs, and respective graduation requirements have been met. Students having any questions regarding the Degree Completion Application should contact the Registrar’s Office.