Master of Divinity (Pastoral Care)

You’re no stranger to pastoral care — you already teach his Word, spread His gospel, and tend to the emotional and spiritual well-being of people. The M.Div. (Pastoral Care) equips you to more effectively provide that guidance as you work to spread God’s loving light.

You’ll learn a range of biblical-theological knowledge and practical leadership skills as well as the best practices of using biblical and counseling resources to provide support. When you graduate, you’ll be able to better listen, reach out, and heal all people, through God. 

What You’ll Learn

  • Scriptural principles for spiritual and emotional health in multicultural settings
  • Theologically based counseling skills in discipleship ministry
  • Best practices for caring for the emotional and spiritual needs of others
  • How to foster healthy relationships among members of the body of Christ
  • Tools and techniques for effectively counseling individuals dealing with issues related to grief, loss, crisis, and/or addiction

How Long It Will Take

Depending on your academic background, three years

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This master’s program is offered on campus, in a face-to-face delivery format.

What You Can Do with This Degree

Although not licensed counselors, Pastoral Care students are well trained in counseling services and techniques. They’re prepared to help with the emotional and spiritual needs of individuals and families in church and ministry settings.

  • Pastoral care director
  • Director of family life
  • Director of marriage ministry

Why Earn Your Master’s at CBS?

  • Small, close-knit classes that serve as safe spaces to learn, grow, and gain insight into God, yourself, and others
  • Holistic training from experienced professors who practice the subjects they teach, in courses they’ve designed to be equal parts, intellectual, emotional, and fieldwork oriented
  • Intentionally inclusive learning environments that respect all cultures and backgrounds
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing not only academic support, but spiritual support and guidance as well
  • Internships built into the curriculum

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Program Details

Course of Study (78 hours)

Course Number Course Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
CHL 5003 Chapel III 0
Bible and Hermeneutics 15
BIB 5112  Genesis to Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation and Redemption 3
BIB 5113 Prophets: God's Message of Redemption and Judgment 3
BIB 5132 Gospels: God's Means of Providing Redemption 3
BIB 5133 Acts to Revelation: God's People Proclaiming Redemption Globally 3
BIB 5410 Hermeneutics: Interpreting and Applying the Bible 3
Biblical Languages 12
Choose one sequence
GRE 5110 NT Greek I: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 5111 NT Greek II: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 6220 Greek III: NT Greek Exegesis 3
GRE 63xx GREEK IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
HEB 5110 Hebrew I: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 5111 Hebrew II: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 6220 Hebrew III: From Exegesis to Exposition 3
HEB 65xx Hebrew IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
History and Theology 12
HIS 6221 History of Global Christianity I 3
HIS 6231 History of Global Christianity II 3
THE 6310 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity I 3
THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity II 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation 9
GLS 5115 Missions and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understandng Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formaiton 3
Ministry Praxis 12
CNC 5400 Ministry of Counseling 3
HOM 6300 Foundations for Biblical Preaching 3
MIN 6100 Leadership and Ministry Skills 3
MIN 6344 Transformational Bible Teaching 3
Concentration 18
INT 6110 Foundation of Internship 0
INT 6254 Ministry Care Internship I 1.5
INT 6255 Ministry Care Internship II 1.5
CNC 6400 Pastoral Care Techniques 3
CNC 6730 Marriage and Family Counseling 3
Choose three of the following 9
CNC 6410 Crisis Counseling 3
CNC 6411 Sexuality Counselling 3
CNC 6412 Addictions Counseling 3
CNC 6441 Counseling Grief and Loss 3


Admission Requirements

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