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Lynch School of Education

Pastoral Ministry and Counseling Dual Degree

counseling, development, and educational psychology

The dual M.A. in Pastoral Ministry/M.A. in Counseling Psychology program was developed by the School of Theology and Ministry (STM) and the Lynch School of Education (LSOE).  It is designed for individuals who wish to pursue graduate studies that combine theories and practice in counseling and psychology with studies in religion and exploration of the pastoral dimensions of caregiving. It combines the foundational studies and faculty resources of the existing MA in Pastoral Ministry with the MA in Counseling Psychology (Mental Health Counselor track).

Students pursuing the dual degree may do so in one of two concentrations within the MA in Pastoral Ministry degree: Pastoral Care and Spirituality. Both concentrations enable the student to bring pastoral spiritual dimensions into a counseling setting and/or to practice as a pastoral counselor. The Spirituality concentration also prepares the student to practice the art of spiritual direction.


To apply to begin the dual degree program, applicants must submit two applications--one to STM and the other to LSOE--and be admitted to both graduate schools.

For more program information contact:

Master of Arts in Counseling
Dr. Mary Walsh                   
Lynch School of Education       
Boston College
Campion Hall 305
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry

School of Theology and Ministry
Admissions and Financial Aid Office
Boston College
140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02427

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