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Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Church and community leaders are faced with a number of growing challenges in today’s society. Mental health problems continue to rise and few leaders have the expertise to address these complex issues. Richmont Graduate University has developed a faith-based program to help train and equip ministers and community leaders to be able to address these tough issues with knowledge and care.

The Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Integration is designed for:

  • Church, community, non-profit, and para-church leaders who desire training in counseling theory, Christian integration, and helping skills.
  • Counselors who completed their degree at secular institutions who desire training in how to integrate Christian faith and counseling.
  • Medical professionals (doctors, nurses, etc) who desire to increase their effectiveness.

The Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Integration is a 32 credit hour curriculum that can be completed in one or two years. The program is embedded in Richmont’s high-quality School of Counseling program. Richmont offers online, day, evening, and weekend intensive classes that fit your busy schedules.  Small class sizes allow for personal interaction with distinguished faculty. Students in the Master of Science program can apply for financial aid.


Certificate Options

Students also have the option to take courses as Graduate Certificates:

  • Certificate in Pastoral Care (17 Credit Hours)
  • Certificate in Integration (15 Credit Hours)




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Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Integration

The M.S. in Pastoral Care and Integration consists of 32 semester hours.
Integration Courses (15 Hours)

Semester Credit Hours

CED6323 Relating Faith and Spirituality in Counseling


CED7362 Integrative Theology for Counseling*


CED7132 Theodicy and Trauma Counseling


CED6342 Christian Traditions with Implications for Counseling


CED7312 Biblical Interpretation and Application for Counselors*


CEDX2X2 Counseling and Spirituality Elective


CED6112 Personal and Spiritual Life of the Counselor


Pastoral Care Courses (17 Hours)
CED5102 Introduction to Counseling**


CED6XX2 Helping Relationships for Pastoral Care


CED6143 Psychopathology: Diagnosis and Treatment of Mental Disorders


CEDX2X2 Crisis Counseling


CED7113 Human Growth and Development


CED6512 Human Sexuality


CED6612 Family Systems Theory



Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Where are the courses taught?

A: Classes are available in person at our Atlanta and Chattanooga campuses, and courses are also available online.

Q: Who teaches the courses?

A: Courses are taught by Richmont’s School of Counseling faculty. All faculty members are believing Christians who have signed Richmont’s Statement of Faith. They all have doctoral degrees and advanced training in counseling and theology.

Q: What is the cost of the program?

A: The Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Integration, the Certificate in Pastoral Care, and the Certificate in Integration are offered through Richmont’s School of Counseling.  Current tuition rate is $690 per credit hour and fees would also apply.  See chart below for an estimated cost of attendance.

Estimated Costs MSPC&I—1 Year, 32 Hour Program
Type of Costs Amount Multiplier Total
Tuition $699 per credit hour $22,368
Application Fee $50 one time fee $50
Orientation Fee $35 one time fee $35
Library Fees $30 per semester $90
Student Fees $55 per semester $165
Technology Fee $215 per semester $645
Graduation Fee $155 one time fee $155
Total $23,508

Q: Does this program prepare you to be a licensed counselor?

A: No, this program is designed for church and community leaders who desire further training in counseling issues, pastoral care, and Christian integration. Most states have specific requirements to become a licensed Professional Counselor or Marriage and Family Therapist and many require programs that are at least 60 credit hours. If you are want to pursue licensure, you should look into Richmont’s Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling.

Q: What happened to the Master of Science in Christian Psychological Studies?

A: The Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Integration will replace the Master of Science in Christian Psychological Studies. This change was made to better equip church and community leaders to address the needs of today’s culture. Students currently enrolled in the Master of Science in Christian Psychological Studies can complete their degree or choose to transfer to the new program. If you have specific questions regarding your program you can contact the Registrar’s office.

Q: Can students in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling program enroll in the Certificate in Pastoral Care or Certificate in Integration?

A: No, many of the courses in the Certificate and Master of Science program are already part of the Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling program.


Application Requirements

School of Counseling Applicants

  • School of Counseling application form with a $50 nonrefundable application fee (payable online)
  • One official transcript from each college attended
  • One official copy of the GRE or MAT (Miller Analogies Test) scores
  • Three completed reference forms. These include one character, one pastoral, and one former professor/recent employer.
  • A professional essay (download the application checklist for details)
  • A resume of vocational experience

Application Checklist – School of Counseling

Want to learn more about the Master of Science in Pastoral Care and Integration?

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