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Pastoral Counseling

Jesus offered to heal all who came to him. As the church fulfills the call to meet people where they are, there is a growing need for excellent Christian counselors.

God uses people as His hands and feet to help bring healing to a hurt world. The master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling gives practical skills that help those in the congregation who are hurting or struggling. Unlike our Counseling M.A., this degree focuses specifically on counseling within a church setting.

A Pastoral Counseling degree does not lead to licensure with the state. By focusing on ministry, this Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling better prepares those in ministry to help others work through trauma, pain and sin. Whether you are interested in helping individuals or families, this program equips you to reach others in a deeper way. There seems to be an ever-growing need for the Church to help others develop holistically, and Crown is proud to prepare students in a practical way that will impact the Kingdom.

Why choose to study Pastoral Counseling at Crown?

  • Gain valuable psychology and counseling knowledge from an evangelical foundation.
  • Learn theory that will inform practical skills that you can take into ministry.
  • Crown was one of the first online Christian colleges.


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Limitless options. Extreme flexibility. Future-proofed career skills. Pastoral Counseling majors have boundless opportunities.




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Anytime, anywhere, you can complete your coursework. Simply log into your classroom. Whether taking part in discussions with classmates or turning in your latest assignment, your virtual classroom doesn’t just run during office hours. Canvas is open 24-7.


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  • Find your course quickly by selecting the course from the Dashboard.

  • Find weekly overviews, assignments, updates, discussion boards, and quizzes in the Courses tab.

  • Dynamic discussions allow students to connect with fellow thinkers to grow together and go deeper.

  • The integrated Quizzes feature allows students to prove they have got the course material down.

  • See textbooks needed, course guidelines, and an overview of the module.

What Will I Study?

  • Theories and Practices of Counseling
  • Human Growth and Lifespan Development
  • Counseling Skills, Methods, and Techniques (Residency Optional)
  • Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Trauma-Informed Counseling and Crisis Intervention
  • Multicultural Counseling
  • Christian Theology
  • Facilitating Spiritual Formation
  • Legal and Ethical Issues in Counseling
  • Addictions and Substance Abuse
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Custom-built for your life.

We know you’re busy. Whether its family, work, or church, we created a program that fits with your priorities. Our online programs are flexible and designed for those working full-time, so you can do your coursework anywhere, anytime. Most coursework is due Thursday and Sunday by midnight, giving you the freedom to complete your coursework in your own schedule.

Courses begin throughout the year in January, March, May, July, August, and October. Most courses are 8 weeks. A few courses are 16 weeks long. Advisors assist students in determining a schedule based on their convenience and schedule.

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*$640 for MBA credits


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