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Master of Divinity (Online)

Pastoral Counseling, M.Div. Online

With Grace Seminary’s M.Div online, you will be trained to meet today’s most prevalent ministry needs and build a bridge to meet the ministry needs of tomorrow. The online Master of Divinity in Pastoral Counseling degree is designed for those who desire to be involved in a counseling ministry but also want a solid biblical and theological foundation upon which to build.

What makes our M.Div online program different from other online offerings? With Grace Theological Seminary’s online M.Div, you will . . .

  • Receive instruction from the same highly acclaimed professors teaching our residential courses.
  • Engage in a dynamic, high-definition video and an easy-to-navigate learning platform.
  • Have the same affordable tuition as our M.Div residential program.
  • Have access to seven unique M.Div concentrations that will help match your studies to your current area of ministry or ministry interest.

This Master of Divinity degree program is intended for those who desire to minister through a pastoral counseling degree under the auspices of the local church. People often turn to their pastor to seek spiritual guidance in times of pain. God has called many students in this program to shepherd the body of Christ in ways that bring healing and restoration. The M.Div with the pastoral counseling degree online provides a deep theological foundation as well as practical skills for dealing with hurting people.

The M.Div Online degree program provides an optimal curriculum in graduate theological study to prepare men and women for various ministry roles. The three-year program requires 75 hours of study.

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Ideal Fit

The Pastoral Counseling Degree Online is designed for those who desire to be involved in a counseling ministry, but who also want a solid biblical and theological foundation upon which to build their perspectives and practices of counseling.

This program is based on an inerrant view of Scripture. It works to integrate biblical truth with valuable psychological principles that can be used in soul care, pastoral ministry, and Christian living.

Counselor Spiritual Direction Guidance Support Pastoral

Career Opportunities

A pastoral counselor's most important job is to provide support to those in need.

Pastoral Counselors provide theologically- and psychologically-informed support, spiritual guidance, and counseling to people of all ages and life circumstances.

  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Christian Schools
  • Church Counseling
  • Pastoral Care
  • Lay Counseling Ministry
The M.Div Online at Grace Seminary offers a pastoral counseling degree online. Seek a biblical foundation for your counseling ministry

Curriculum Examples

Biblical Psychology
Counseling Theories
Counseling Methods & Techniques
Pre-marital & Marital Counseling
Leadership in the Local Church
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Course Overview

This course will examine the relationship between the fields of psychology and theology. A theology of integration will be presented.

In this course, students will examine today’s predominant counseling theories to develop their own biblical framework in which they will provide counsel to others.

This course will examine the various skills, methods and techniques used by a Christian/Pastoral Counselor to effectively minister to those being counseled.

This course will examine how to effectively engage in pre-marital counseling to help couples prepare for marriage and to help couples who are struggling in their marriage.

Through reading, writing, and pastoral interviews, you will learn about servant leadership, mentoring, visionary leadership, and leading as a change agent.

Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Master of Divinity program at Grace Theological Seminary, you must fulfill certain admissions requirements:
  • A four-year bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent (for international students) from a recognized institution of higher learning. Graduates of Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and state colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.
  • A student who received his or her pre-seminary education at an institution that is not accredited or who achieved less than a 2.5 grade point average in pre-seminary education may be admitted on academic restriction.
  • Applicants without a bachelor’s degree who have completed some or no college may be admitted if they meet certain ministry and research/writing requirements. Please contact seminary admissions for more information; email: or phone: 877.607.0012.

Admission Requirements

Grace Theological Seminary welcomes applications from all individuals who have a testimony of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

To be admitted as a Grace Theological Seminary student, you’re asked to provide:

  • Official transcripts from the school where you obtained your degree. (If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to

  • A spiritual life reference

  • International applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.

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