M.A. in Pastoral Counseling

Graduate School of Ministry

Caring for Souls

The Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling teaches scripturally-based practical knowledge and skills that prepares those in ministry to assist others in working through life issues. Working with individuals and families, this degree focuses on counseling in a church or faith setting and does not lead to licensure.

Why study Pastoral Counseling at Crown?




Total credits


Week courses

I have the opportunity to not just be in a caring community, but a community that fosters the same values and faith. There are so many different perspectives here from students and professors, and it creates so many opportunities to grow.

Being at Crown makes you want to stay at Crown for the rest of your life; but being at Crown also gets you excited for what God is preparing you to do after college, too.

Nora Xiong


Pastoral Counselor
Grief Counselor
Addiction Counselor

Advanced Degrees

Doctor of Ministry
Doctor of Education
Ph.D. in Addiction Studies

Faculty Spotlight

Dr. Bill Kuhn

Dean, School of Theology + Ministry

Dr. Elaine Bednar

Content Expert, Core Faculty Member

ATS Accreditation

Crown College’s Graduate School of Ministry programs have received accreditation from the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).  This prestigious additional accreditation provides students and prospective students with the assurance of Crown’s academically excellent and robust theological education. 

The Graduate School of Ministry programs are designed to meet the needs of students regardless of their life context, with courses held primarily online and optimized for an effective online learning environment. ATS accreditation provides Crown’s graduate theological programs a structure for continuous improvement and expands opportunities for students to launch into ministry and further education. 



Preview of Courses

MIN 6215 - Pastoral Counseling Skills

This semester-long course is designed to practice pastoral counseling skills. Attention will be given to spiritual care, Holy Spirit dependence, and counseling skills as a reflection of the strategic pastoral counseling model. In addition to academic study, this course requires 55 hours of direct pastoral counseling/care and 15 hours of supervisor feedback at an approved location. (3 credits).

MIN 5500 - Conflict Resolution & Mediation

This course applies biblical peacemaking principles to church, non-profit, and the marketplace. It provides a balanced, biblical approach to conflict resolution which has been designed to help Christian leaders. Students will earn the Level I Peace Making certification required for C&MA ordination and develop practical skills for effective conflict resolution. Additional advanced training in mediation will be included.

COU 6212 - Marriage and Family Therapy

A broad overview of the structure and dynamics of marriage and family relationships. Assessment and counseling interventions with couples and families will be included. Multiple theories will be explored and evaluated. A Christian worldview of marriage and family relationships will be explored.


Online education uses digital technology and the internet to deliver educational content. Our courses are built to be 8-week courses. Students can access lectures, assignments, and resources through our online platform, Canvas. Communication with instructors and peers often occurs through discussion forums, video conferencing, and email.
Requirements may vary, but generally, students need a reliable computer and internet connection.
Online exams and assessments can take various forms, including multiple-choice quizzes, essays, and timed exams. Most classes utilize discussion posts each week, due every Thursday. All of these are available on our online program Canvas.
We generally accept credits from accredited institutions as long as the student maintained a C or higher in the course. To see a full list of what classes will transfer, you can visit Transferology or contact our registrar office at
Crown College offers a wide-range of scholarships to every student. 100% of students receive some type of financial aid. For more information about financial aid, click here.
At Crown College, every class is taught from a Biblical worldview. Our faculty are all followers of Christ and are comfortable incorporating Christian principles into their curriculum.

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