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Master of Arts in Pastoral Counselling

Overview

With the aim of integrating expertise in counselling with a biblical worldview, the Master of Arts in Pastoral Counselling offers counselling courses and practicums alongside biblical and theological studies. The degree equips ministry leaders to serve as counsellors in a variety of ministry-based settings: local church, chaplaincy, or Christian organizations.

The program is designed to help students meet the academic requirements for gaining professional recognition as a member of the Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association and the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care.*

Contextual Learning

In addition to specialized course work, students in this program will have the opportunity to work closely with expert leaders in ministry contexts tailored to their specific vocational interests and needs.

Program Sheet
Course Schedule

The program focuses on four aspects of counsellor ministry preparation:

  • Counselling theory – acquisition of knowledge required for competent counselling
  • Biblical and theological literacy – provision of the biblical and theological foundation for effective pastoral counselling
  • Practicums – focus on counselling practicums to hone competencies in the application of counselling skills
  • Spiritual formation – integration of spiritual development throughout the program
MA Counselling credit hours chart

Courses

Total Credits Required: 48

Interpreting God’s Word 1

BI / TS – BI5101
3 credits

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Theological Foundations 2

BI / TS – TS5201
3 credits

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Old Testament Elective

BI / TS
3 credits

New Testament Elective

BI / TS
3 credits

Bible, Theology or Church History Elective

BI / TS
6 credits

Pastoral Care & Counselling

CP5214
3 credits | Prerequisites: P221

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Ethical & Legal Issues in Counselling

CP5111
3 credits

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Counselling Theory & Techniques

Professional – CP5100
3 credits

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Counselling Skills Lab 3

CP6510
3 credits

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Integration of Theology & Counselling

CP5105
3 credits

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Psychopathology / Recognizing Common Mental Health Disorders

Professional – CP5202
3 credits

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Open Elective

3 credits

Open Elective

3 credits

Counselling Practicum I 4

CP7501
3 credits
| Prerequisites: CP5100, CP5111, & CP6510

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Counselling Practicum II 5

125 Hours
3 credits

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1 Students who already have an advanced undergraduate course in hermeneutics should choose an elective other than ‘Interpreting God’s Word’ in any area related to this degree.
2 Students who have a course similar to ‘Theological Foundations’ from their undergraduate degree should choose a  different elective in any area related to this degree.
3 Pre-requisites: Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselling; Counselling Theory and Techniques.
4 Pre-requisites: Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselling; Counselling Theory and Techniques; Psychopathology; Counselling Skills Lab.
5 Pre-requisites: Ethical and Legal Issues in Counselling; Counselling Theory and Techniques; Psychopathology; Counselling Skills Lab; Counselling Practicum I.

* Please note: Membership in each of these associations is independent of the MAPC. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure they meet the association’s full requirements for membership.

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