Online Undergraduate Certificate in Pastoral Care and Counseling

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Overview of the Online Certificate in Pastoral Care

In the Indiana Wesleyan University's Pastoral Care and Counseling Certificate, students acquire theoretical and practical application of the practice of pastoral care and counseling. The certificate itself serves as documentation of this accomplishment, as does the transcript notation. This program provides valuable, personal spiritual growth as well as professional development for those in church or para-church ministries and careers. Students completing the Pastoral Care and Counseling Certificate acquire added knowledge and skills for more effective ministry.


16 Total
$395/ Credit Hour *

The total credit hours and per-credit-hour costs listed above are effective for the core program. If applicable, students will need to pay for appropriate tuition, books, and any additional fees for prerequisite or other required courses. Costs may change if you withdraw from the program and restart in a future program at a later date.


This program does NOT qualify for Financial Aid on its own, only when packaged with a degree seeking program.


Here is the list of courses required to complete the program. Full course descriptions may be viewed by clicking on the course titles. For further information, feel free to contact us.

6 Core Courses

These courses contain the program-specific knowledge. Upon completion, you should have the tools to conquer the public health world with confidence. *Students will choose from 4 of these courses: CNS-310, CNS-312, REL-355, REL-455, CRJ-268.



Click on each section to expand the different requirements for this program. If you have any questions about the admissions process, feel free to contact one of our admissions representatives at 1-866-498-4968.

  • Accepted as a regular degree seeking student or as an unclassified student
  • Unclassified student requires proof of high school graduation
  • Currently enrolled in or a graduate of the Bachelor of Science with a major in Biblical Studies program; OR
  • Licensed or ordained minister (copy of current credentials required)

  • Licensed or ordained minister (copy of current credentials required)

Completion Requirements

  • 16 credit hours from the selected courses in the specified certificate area
  • Nine of the credits must be earned at IWU for degree seeking students; all credits must be earned at IWU for unclassified students
  • Minimum grade of "C" in each course
  • Payment of all tuition and fees is required to receive a certificate


The Pastoral Care Certificate at Indiana Wesleyan University has many convenient starts throughout the year. Listed below are the next available starts. If you don’t see a start that fits your schedule, connect with our enrollment team to see more future starts.


Indiana Wesleyan University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (HLC),, 312-263-0456. Other accreditations and associations of Indiana Wesleyan University are available at

*Effective 07-01-2023 through 06-30-2024