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Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling Among Top Christian Counseling Programs in the Nation

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Intelligent.com, a trusted resource for online degree rankings and higher education planning, has announced the Top 49 Master’s in Christian Counseling Degree Programs for 2021. Among the top 49 is Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary’s Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC). The MAPCC, with a clinical track option, was particularly noted as the “Best Dual Degree Option” when combined with the seminary’s Master of Divinity (MDiv). The comprehensive research guide is based on an assessment of 155 accredited colleges and universities in the United States and each program is evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

The 2021 rankings are calculated through a unique scoring system which includes student engagement, potential return on investment, and leading third party evaluations. Intelligent.com analyzed 155 schools, on a scale of 0 to 100, with only 49 making it to the final list. The methodology also uses an algorithm which collects and analyzes multiple rankings into one score to easily compare each school.

Students who pursue any one of these programs can expect to gain employment much quicker in comparison to candidates without a degree. In addition to accessibility and cost, the steady job growth in this market is one of the many reasons Intelligent.com researched and ranked the Top Master’s in Christian Counseling Degree Programs. To access the complete ranking, please visit: https://www.intelligent.com/best-masters-in-christian-counseling-degree-programs/.

The MAPCC at Garrett-Evangelical offers a distinctively interdisciplinary pastoral care and counseling training program designed to produce highly skilled, critical, reflective, compassionate, and socially engaged practitioners-scholars with a robust and evolving sense of pastoral identity. Students are equipped to integrate theology with psychological theories to address human suffering and facilitate the healing and flourishing of persons and communities.

The MAPCC clinical track is a 65-hour degree that gives one the clinical training and academic coursework necessary to sit for the Illinois state licensure exam for professional counselors. 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.

To learn more about the MAPCC, go to Garrett.edu/MAPCC.

Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, a graduate school of theology related to The United Methodist Church, was founded in 1853. Located on the campus of Northwestern University, the seminary serves more than 450 students from various denominations and cultural backgrounds, fostering an atmosphere of ecumenical interaction. Garrett-Evangelical creates bold leaders through master of divinity, master of arts, master of theological studies, doctor of philosophy, and doctor of ministry degrees. Its 4,500 living alumni serve church and society around the world.