Master of Arts in Pastoral Care & Counseling

Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC)

Number of Credits: 48

This graduate degree program is designed to form reflective and compassionate pastoral caregivers. The curriculum seeks to integrate spirituality and psychology to offer a holistic approach to healing and restoration. Students learn to develop and sharpen their listening skills, assess needs, effectively intervene to assist in spiritual, emotional, and psychological growth and healing. Specifically, the program focuses on mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, addiction, suicide, grief and loss, personality disorders, trauma, and family violence.

All MAPCC courses provide a rich and diverse environment where students can learn multiple perspectives to serve a wide range of people from various cultures and religious traditions. An optimal balance between theory and practice is maintained throughout the program. MAPCC students are required to do 1 unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as a practicum and write Capstone. In their capstones, students are expected to demonstrate their skills and knowledge of how to integrate theory and practice about a carefully chosen topic of their own.

Career Pathways

  • Board Certified Chaplain
  • Pastoral Counselor
  • Director of Pastoral Care Ministry

Program Chair

Dr. Insook Lee

Program Requirements

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care & Counseling degree program is open to women and men who:

  • possess a BA, BS, or equivalent undergraduate degree from an accredited four-year college (applicants holding degrees or diplomas from another country may be required to provide a translated copy and to provide further information to help the admissions committee determine equivalency).
  • demonstrate evidence of an ability to do graduate level study, primarily assessed through the written answers to the application essay questions and through recommendations.
  • are able to articulate in a manner that is appropriate to their own experience and faith tradition an understanding of their call to serve in the specialized area of pastoral care and counseling.
  • currently belong to a community of faith that recognizes or expects the applicant to exercise his or her calling to pastoral care and counseling; or be willing to work within such a community of faith, exercising her or his calling to pastoral care and counseling.

Due to Covid-19,

all NYTS classes will take place remotely for the Fall 2020 semester