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Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling Clinical Track (MAPCC)

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC) Clinical Track is a 65-hour degree that fulfills the educational requirements for licensure (Licensed Professional Counselor or LPC) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Students will be equipped to integrate theology with psychological theories to address human suffering and facilitate the healing and flourishing of persons and communities.
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About the Clinical Track

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling Clinical Track is a 65-hour degree that fulfills the educational requirements for licensure (Licensed Professional Counselor or LPC) with the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation. Completion of the degree does not, however, guarantee fulfillment of educational requirements for licensure outside of Illinois. Students seeking licensure outside the state of Illinois should inform themselves about the curricular requirements for licensing in that state.

Garrett-Evangelical partners with Northwestern University and The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC) to provide the necessary clinical courses for licensure in Illinois, with the bulk of the clinical courses being at CRPC.

About the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago

The Center for Religion and PsychotherapySince 1965, the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago has trained students to integrate their understanding of psychoanalytic theory and religious experience in alignment with their mission to serve the whole person in therapeutic and pastoral relationships. Whether your work leads you to a church, hospital, or the clinical setting, CRPC’s formational program prepares you to move within the intersection of body, mind, and soul.

CPRC’s educational program provides a background in classical, Freudian psychoanalysis and the British school of object relations, followed by a focus on self psychology and an introduction to associated forms of contemporary psychoanalysis. The program assumes that religious experience can be (and often is) a vital aspect of human development and that the study of religious experience is crucial in the process of becoming a well-developed clinician.

CRPC is fully accredited as a clinical and educational site by the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. Staff members are licensed by the state of Illinois, and have been trained both in psychodynamic psychotherapy and in the engagement of the spiritual and religious dynamics of human experience.

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Our diverse and renown faculty bring a wealth of expertise and experience not only to Garrett-Evangelical, but to the church and our global community. They are members and leaders in local, national, and global organizations, denominations, and societies. Our faculty in the field of pastoral care and counseling are:

Dr. Lucy ChungDr. Jaeyeon Lucy Chung is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Garrett-Evangelical and Director of the Styberg Library. Her most recent publication is Korean Women, Self-Esteem, and Practical Theology: Transformative Care (Palgrave, 2017). She earned a doctor of philosophy in religion with a focus in person, community, and religious practices from Emory University. In addition, she holds a master of library and information science degree from Dominican University, a master of sacred theology degree from Boston University, and a master of arts in religion from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Dr. Rolf NolascoDr. Rolf Nolasco is the Rueben P. Job Professor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Theology the director of the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical. He is an experienced professor, trained in pastoral and counseling psychology, mindfulness and contemplative spirituality, and affective neuroscience. Nolasco is also a psychotherapist, published author, and has vast experience in cross cultural communications from living and working across the world within varying social and cultural backgrounds. He is the author of God’s Beloved Queer (Wipf and Stock, 2019), The Contemplative Counselor: A Way of Being (Fortress Press, 2011), and Compassionate Presence: A Radical Response to Human Suffering (Cascade Books, 2016). His most recent work seeks to affirm compassion as the pulsating heartbeat of Christian theology and praxis through the hermeneutical perspectives of brain science, psychology, and practical theology. 

Dr. Lallene J. RectorDr. Lallene J. Rector, an esteemed faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical since 1986, is Associate Professor of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Psychotherapy. She served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean from 2006-2013, and as president from 2014-2020. Dr. Rector received a bachelor of arts in psychology and religion from Texas Christian University, an master of theological studies from Boston University’s School of Theology, and a doctor of philosophy in psychology of religion from Boston University’s Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences in 1986. She received clinical training in pastoral psychotherapy at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC), and subsequently trained as a psychoanalyst at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago. A member of the CRPC Board of Directors, Dr. Rector is a United Methodist layperson and serves the national church on a number of committees related to education and ministry.

Affording Your Education

One Student. One Scholarship.

At Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, every master’s degree student receives a scholarship. Scholarships are available for full-time and part-time students and are designed with an eye toward your passion and our mission. Scholarships range from 25% of tuition up to 100% of tuition with stipends and each year we award over $2.5 million in scholarship aid. To learn more about all of our scholarship opportunities, please visit Garrett.edu/FinancialAid.

With our Early Action Scholarships, you'll receive an admissions decision no later than December 15th, and have the opportunity to qualify for scholarships ranging from 65% to 100% of tuition.The application deadline for Early Action Scholarship consideration is November 15th of each year. There is no separate scholarship application.

Our Plus Scholarships include all of our scholarships that include tuition PLUS a stipend. The application deadline for Plus Scholarship consideration is March 1st of each year. There is no separate scholarship application.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling Clinical Track is a 65-hour program. Students will need to complete a unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as well as a Cinical Practicum and a Clinical Internship. 

Online Learning

While we honor the traditional methods of instruction and rich heritage of academia, we also embrace non-traditional methods such as online learning and hybrid classes. The maximum number of courses which may be taken in an online format is 1/2 of the degree. Students receiving advanced standing or transfer credit can take no more than 1/2 of remaining credits toward the degree in an online format. Students seeking ordination should check with the appropriate church authorities to see if there are more specific guidelines that must be met.

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Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate general knowledge of: 
    1. Scripture
    2. History and doctrine
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of theological and psychological foundations of human persons and communities
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze gender, racial, economic structures that shape human beings in the practice of pastoral care and counseling
  4. Demonstrate self-awareness and on-going commitments to pastoral identity formation
  5. Demonstrate the capacity for critical, reflective, faithful, and creative thinking in the ministry of pastoral care and counseling

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficiency in the English language

Admission Process

Students interested in the clinical track must first apply to Garrett-Evangelical's MAPCC program and following their first semester, they will apply to CRPC's program. Please note: Acceptance into the Garrett-Evangelical MAPCC program does not guarantee acceptance into the clinical program at CRPC. Each institution has its own admissions process and students are are strongly encouraged to discuss their career goals with one of the pastoral care professors as they apply.

Detailed information for the application requirements and process can be found here.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. 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. International student applications are due by March 1st.

The application deadline for Early Action Scholarship consideration is November 15th of each year. There is no separate scholarship application.

The application deadline for Plus Scholarship consideration is March 1st of each year. There is no separate scholarship application.