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Master of Arts - PCC (Clinical Track)

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (Clinical Track) provides academic and professional training needed in order for persons to provide ministerial support and counseling to individuals, couples and families within diverse settings. In conjunction with The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago, the program provides the academic course work and clinical practicum required to sit for licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Illinois.

Broadly, the degree program is designed to equip students with the skills 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).

Application Process:

  • Students must first apply to the MA in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC) at Garrett-Evangelical       
    • 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.
    • Students applying to the MAPCC program are strongly encouraged to discuss their career goals with one of the Pastoral Care professors as they apply.  Once accepted, students should meet in early September with their advisor to discuss interest in clinical training.

               A completed application consists of:

    • Application Form
    • Personal Statement
    • 3 letters of reference
    • Official 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.
  •  During the first semester, students must enroll in Introduction to Pastoral Care
  • After completing the first semester, students can apply to the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC).  One of the letters of recommendation must come from the professor who taught Introduction to Pastoral Care.
  • It is advisable to complete a unit of C.P.E. before you come or during the summer after your first year enrolled at Garrett-Evangelical.


MA Pastoral Care and Counseling Degree - 61 semester hours
MAPCC - Degree Grid

Designated Field Courses -  15 Semester Hrs  
Bible 6 Hrs
Church History                                                                     3 Hrs
Theology & Ethics 6 Hrs


Pastoral Care and Counseling - 27 Semester Hrs        
Introduction to Pastoral Care  
Psychology of Religion  
Premarital, Marital, and Family Counseling  
Introduction to Psychological Testing, Measurement and Assessment  
Psychopathology and Maladaptive Behavior  
Substance Abuse and Addiction  
Counseling Research  
Group Dynamics, Processing and Counseling (taken at Northwestern University)  
Lifestyle and Career Development (taken at Northwestern University)  


Clinical Training (Taken at CRPC) - 18 Semester Hrs     
Human Growth and Development  
Counseling Theory  
Counseling Techniques  
Professional, Legal and Ethical Responsibilitis  
Social and Cultural Foundations  
Practicum (100 hours)  
Clinical Internship (600 hours)  


Integrative Courses - 1 Semester Hr                                  
Integrative Seminar 1 Hr
Clinical Pastoral Education 0 Hr


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.

Center of Religion and Psychotherapy

For licensure, students must complete work at The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy. Students must first apply to Garrett-Evangelical's MAPCC.  Following their first semester, they apply to CRPC's program.

The CRPC is a not-for-profit organization offering psychotherapy and pastoral counseling for adults and adolescents, individuals and couples, since 1965. It 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.


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