Master of Arts in Pastoral Counseling
Solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience.
Pastoral Counseling is a specialized form of counseling that integrates psychological understanding with theological insights. Given the rise of mental and emotional stress in today’s society, a program in Pastoral Counseling can equip aspiring ministerial leaders to make a significant impact in their communities, especially when integrated with Manna University’s charismatic distinctives and spiritual goals.
Note: Completion of this degree program does not provide any clinical licensure or certifications.
- Spiritual Development: Enhance students' relationship with Jesus Christ and deepen their understanding of the Holy Spirit's role in counseling.
- Academic Excellence: Develop graduate-level competencies in counseling theory and practice, rooted in biblical exegesis.
- Emotional and Social Intelligence: Facilitate students' ability to work harmoniously in diverse cultural and social environments.
- Ministerial Effectiveness: Equip students for effective pastoral counseling within mPact Churches and associated churches and ministries, prioritizing church planting, healthy church development, and effective chaplaincy.
Time & Cost
Many people would like to complete a degree and stay out of debt.
This program requires 12 courses (or 36 credit hours), which can be completed within 3 years for full-time students. Courses are offered on-campus or online (can be entirely online). Manna U’s low tuition rates enable students to receive solid biblical training from accomplished faculty with years of ministry experience and not be hindered financially.
Full details can be found in the 2022-2023 Graduate Academic Catalog.
|Course Number||Course Name||Credit Hours|
|MENG 500||Graduate Student Orientation||0|
|MCNS 501||Issues for Pastoral Counseling||3|
|MCNS 504||Counseling Theory and Practice||3|
|MCNS 505||Counseling Cross-Culturally||3|
|MCNS 520||Sexuality & Addictions Counseling||3|
|MCNS 602||Gerontology & Grief Counseling||3|
|MCNS 603||Counseling Ethics||3|
|MCNS 604||Counseling Techniques and Treatment Strategies||3|
|MCNS 605||Marriage and Family Counseling||3|
|MCNS 606||Trauma and Crisis Counseling||3|
|MCNS 620||Culminating Project||3|
|MLEA 502||Christian Leadership Development||3|
|MLEA 602||Organizational Research and Analysis||3|
|Total Credit Hours:||36|
To become a student at Manna U, follow these two steps:
1. Complete an application, which includes:
- A non-refundable application fee of $50 (linked to application)
- An essay, written by the applicant, of his/her conversion experience (300-600 words), in a format that is typed and double spaced, using 12 pt. font size;
- A Pastoral Reference* from the Pastor of the church that the applicant regularly attends;
- A Personal Reference* from someone who has known you for two years or more and is not related to you.
* Applicants will enter an email address for their selected references and a link to the online reference forms will be sent once the application is submitted.
2. Order your official high school, G.E.D., or previous college transcripts (minimum 2.0 GPA is preferred).
Note: official transcripts are sent directly from one school/college to another. You can arrange to have your transcripts sent electronically to email@example.com, or a paper copy can be sent to our mailing address:
Attn: Registrar’s Office
439 Westwood Shopping Center
Fayetteville, NC 28314
All applicants applying for admission to one of Manna U’s graduate programs must submit official transcripts showing an earned undergraduate degree from an accredited institution, or an equivalent academic achievement approved by Manna U’s Academic Office. Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.
Students who plan to use military education benefits must submit transcripts from high school and all colleges attended.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling grant me a license to be a clinical counselor?
The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling does not grant licensure. A Master’s Degree is required to pursue licensure.
Does the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling prepare me for graduate work in the Counseling field?
Yes. Our Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling program is designed as a rigorous program to prepare for graduate study.
What can I do with a Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling degree?
The Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling offers solid preparation for graduate study in Counseling or a related field, but also offers foundational training for those serving in non-clinical counseling environments, such as lay counseling in a church setting.
What is the difference between a Counseling degree and a Christian Counseling degree?
Our Christian Counseling degree offers education in Counseling from a distinctly Biblical worldview.
Are there any GPA requirements for the Bachelor of Arts in Christian Counseling Program?
Yes. To continue in the program, students must complete CNS 130- Introduction to Counseling, CNS 201- Counseling I, and CNS 301- Counseling II and earn a final grade of “B” or higher in order to remain in the program. Students who fail to do so may either retake the necessary course(s) or switch to a different Undergraduate program.
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Jesus chose twelve leaders who were from differing backgrounds. Many religious leaders in that time would have overlooked them. Through teaching and training, He prepared them to lead a movement that changed the world. Whatever your call may be, training at Manna U can help you engage in this kind of transformational leadership.