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Master of Arts -Pastoral Care and Counseling

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC) provides academic and professional training needed in order for persons to provide ministerial support and counseling to individuals, couples and families within diverse settings. The degree program is designed to equip student with the skill necessary to effectively integrate theology and pastoral education (inclusive of, but not limited to the study of human development, crisis intervention and counseling, and pathology) into their ministerial practice.


Admission Requirements:

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university;
  • A grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Proficiency in the English language. Applicants for whom English is not their first language will be required to give evidence of such competence (demonstrated by a TOEFL score).


A completed application consists of:

  • Application Form
  • Personal Statement
  • 3 letters of reference
  • Transcripts from all institutions attended
  • $75 application fee
  • Background check (conducted by the seminary, may take up to two weeks to complete)
  • Additional financial and church documents are required of international students in order to satisfy internal and federal requirements.

Applications will be reviewed upon completion.  The admissions committee reserves the right to determine, in its sole judgment, whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific degree program or for the vocation that the program represents.  Applications are accepted on an ongoing, rolling-admission basis and are due six weeks before date of entry for domestic students. International applications are due March 1st.


MA Pastoral Care and Counseling Degree - 56 semester hours
MAPCC - Degree Grid

Designated Field Courses -  20 Semester Hrs  
Bible 8 Hrs
Church History                                                                     3 Hrs
Theology & Ethics 6 Hrs
Theory & Practice of Ministry 3 Hrs


Pastoral Care and Counseling - 20 Semester Hrs            
Pastoral Care and Counseling 20 Hrs


Integrative Courses - 10 Semester Hrs  
1st Year  Vocational Formation & Church Leadership (VFCL) 2 Hrs
2nd Year VFCL 2 Hrs
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) 6 Hrs

Open Electives - 6 Semester Hrs

Spiritual Formation
Spiritual formation is intrinsic to the degree. While it is part of coursework, students are also expected to devote time outside of class to significant formative experiences such as corporate worship, community meals, service, and spiritual direction. Students are introduced to designated spiritual practices (the historic "rule of life") within the Vocational Formation and Church Leadership course. Vocational Formation and Church Leadership (VFCL) and field education continues the covenantal community. The student's "rule of life" is reviewed regularly with faculty advisors.

Cross-Cultural Education

Students live in a world of differences, cross-cultural in terms of ethnicity, language, socio-economic status, religion, ideology, gender, and nationality. Cross-cultural dimensions are intrinsically part of the whole curriculum at Garrett-Evangelical. Students complete a cross-cultural requirement both to gain a deepened awareness of the cultural and religious world of ministry and a heightened awareness of their own cultural context and personal identity. Students may meet this requirement through a variety of means (courses, travel courses, field education, independent studies, and/or exchange programs).

Continuing Evaluations
In consultation with advisors, students develop, update, and review a portfolio that cumulatively expresses student development through the curriculum. It includes a variety of materials (e.g., written course materials, external evaluations, field education reports, interviews, examinations) appropriate to expected degree learning outcomes.

Dual Program

MDiv and MA
Use your MA as a specialization within the larger MDiv program.

To learn more about the MDiv degree, click here.


UMC Logo Garrett-Evangelical, a seminary related to
The United Methodist Church, welcomes
students from a wide range of faith traditions.