Master of Divinity (M.Div.)

Pastoral Care and Counseling

Units by Discipline
Total Units Price per unit Bible Exposition Intercultural Studies Languages Philosophy Practical Ministry Research / Christian Education Spiritual Formation Theology Electives
79 $621 3 0 23 0 37 0 7 9 0


The emphasis in Pastoral Care and Counseling provides preparation for ministry to individuals, couples, families and groups focusing on renewal, preparation, enrichment and equipping.


  • Develop empathic listening skills and the commitment to use and teach these skills in life and ministry.
  • Be aware of their personal issues and the ability and commitment to develop a personal network for growth.
  • Develop a commitment to and practice of sound ethical principles related to pastoral ministry.
  • Be aware of their limitations, with an ability to diagnose the pathology of individuals, couples, and families and to know how and to whom to refer people to for needed help.
  • Be aware of theories and the issues of counseling and the lifespan development of people and have the ability to apply this knowledge in ministry contexts.
  • Understand ministry skills and be able to apply them in program development of pastoral ministry.
  • Be able, in counseling, to move people from relationship through realization to responsibility.
  • Be committed to the application of biblical knowledge and theological foundations in the exercise of ministry skills.


Course Units
TTBE 519 Old Testament Survey pre-req
TTBE 520 New Testament Survey pre-req
TTBE 517 Hermeneutics and Bible Study Methods 3
TTHT 505
or TTHT 506
or TTHT 514
Patristic and Medieval Theology
Reformation and Modern Theology
Historical Theology Survey
TTNT 501 Beginning Greek I 3
TTNT 502 Beginning Greek II 3
TTNT 503 Introduction to Exegesis 3
TTNT 604
or TTNT 605
Exegesis in the Gospels
Exegesis in the Epistles
TTOT 603 Elements of Hebrew I 3
TTOT 604 Elements of Hebrew II 3
TTOT 703 Introduction to Hebrew Exegesis 3
TTOT 722 Advanced Hebrew Reading 2
TTPT 591 Introduction to Field Education 1
TTPT 609 Expository Preaching 3
TTPT 707 Foundations of Pastoral Care and Counseling 2
TTSF 501 Introduction to Spiritual Theology and Formation 3
TTSF 503 Personal Foundations for Spiritual Formation 3
TTSF 504 Spiritual Formation, Vocation, and the Disciplines 1
TTSF 505 Talbot Spiritual Direction I 0
TTSF 506 Talbot Spiritual Direction II 0
TTTH 521 Theology I: God, Scripture, Creation 3
TTTH 522 Theology II: Christ, Humanity, Sin, Salvation 3
TTTH 623 Theology III: Spirit, Church, Last Things 3
TTPT 602 Pastoral Ministry 3
TTPT 604 Pastoral Care and Chaplaincy 3
TTPT 628 Marital Counseling 3
TTPT 693 Pastoral Care and Counseling Internship I 1
TTPT 694 Pastoral Care and Counseling Internship II 1
TTPT 695 Pastoral Care and Counseling Internship III 1
TTPT 702 Intermediate Pastoral Counseling 3
TTPT 708 Advanced Pastoral Counseling 3
TTPT 703 The Church and Society 3
TTPT 716 Addressing Common Pastoral Counseling Concerns 3
TTPT 725 Counseling Troubled Families 3
TTPT 760 Seminar 1
  Total 79

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