Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling

HBU Online Learning Program

About the Degree

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling program is designed to provide graduate coursework to those seeking to work more effectively in helping others in their current ministries. Areas of study include: addiction & recovery, crisis response, human sexuality, marriage & family, military & veteran care and counseling, and life coaching. The program emphasizes the development of research-supported practice. This program includes an internship in pastoral counseling.

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Admission Requirements

Official Transcripts – Official transcripts should be sent directly to The Online Graduate School from the college or university that awarded your bachelor’s degree. Transcripts from any additional coursework since that time should also be submitted. (If your degree-conferred transcript contains fewer than 100 hours of your undergraduate coursework, you will be required to submit all undergraduate transcripts.  Any postbaccalaureate or graduate-level transcripts will also be required.)

Two (2) Recommendation Forms –  Download Recommendation Form. Recommenders should submit the completed forms directly to The Online Graduate School via email at Recommendations must be from a professional or academic source.  Forms from family members or friends will not be accepted.  Recommendation forms must be sent directly from the recommenders to be considered valid. Applicants waive their right to view completed recommendation forms upon asking a reference to complete the form.

Resumé/CV – Email a current resumé or CV to The Online Graduate School at

GRE Required – Take the Graduate Record Examination test (GRE). All portions are considered, including verbal, quantitative and analytical writing. Details on the test may be obtained from the Educational Testing Services website. The HBU GRE code is 6282.  Submitted test scores may not be more than five (5) years old. (You may be eligible for a GRE waiver if your undergraduate GPA is 3.0 or higher.)

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