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Bachelor's in Pastoral Counseling and Care

If you feel a calling to provide Christ-centered care to individuals and families who are hurting, discover the BS in Pastoral Counseling and Care at Indiana Wesleyan University. This bachelor’s in pastoral counseling also provides preparation for those seeking to become licensed counselors or chaplains. For those who know they want to pursue master’s level studies, this bachelor’s in pastoral counseling provides a great foundation on which you can build.

Why Pursue My Bachelor’s in Pastoral Counseling and Care at IWU?

There are several benefits to pursuing your bachelor’s in pastoral counseling and care at IWU. This accredited degree program is taught by faculty with experience in pastoral care and ministry counseling contexts. We also provide student services, from tech support to tutoring, to help you succeed in this pastoral counseling degree program. Students learn from expert faculty who will become mentors in the faith, integrating classroom learning with biblical truths for a Christ-centered environment that encourages spiritual growth.

What Will I Learn in this BS in Pastoral Counseling and Care Program?

The courses in this pastoral counseling are designed to help students provide effective counseling from a Christian perspective. Students learn how to engage with diverse individuals with a variety of life challenges, disabilities, trauma, and mental health issues. Students can enhance their learning through the Pastoral Ministries major, adding a Psychology minor, or enrolling in our Human Trafficking Studies certificate program.  

What Makes IWU Different?

Education Pioneer

IWU has provided on-campus education for more than 100 years.

Rooted in Christ

Faith-integrated curriculum and a commitment to changing the world.

Superior Support

Center for Student Success for counseling, tutoring, and more!

What You Will Study in This Bachelor of Science in Pastoral Counseling & Care

Coursework for this BS in pastoral counseling degree program covers how to:

  • Acquire pastoral counseling and care skills that will prepare you to meet the needs of a hurting world
  • Gain ministry skills needed for professional pastoral ministry; or prison, hospice, hospital, or shelter chaplaincy
  • Learn and apply from life-changing courses like Hope and Suffering, Spiritual Vibrancy throughout Life, Developmental Psychology, and Counseling and Care

After Graduation
Potential Careers

  • Chaplain
  • Life Coach
  • Pastoral Care
  • Christian School Counselor
  • Spiritual Caregiver
  • Marriage, Family, Youth Counselor

Work in Various Industries

  • Industry

Program Requirements

Admission to Professional Majors

Admission to the majors within the Division of Practical Theology may require a formal screening process separate from the initial declaration of intent. The process includes the successful completion of the prescribed courses designated by each major. Students need to have a GPA of 2.25 cumulative and 2.5 in the coursework required for the major. Students must also file application forms including a written essay and references. In some cases a personal interview with school faculty may also be required. Enrollment in some advanced courses in the division is restricted to those admitted to these majors. A student needs to start the application to the major process by the end of their sophomore year (60 credit hours) and after the successful completion of the designated courses in his or her respective majors. Delay on this process will prohibit students from enrolling in advanced courses in their professional major.

Continuation in Professional Majors

Students must maintain a cumulative 2.25 GPA and a 2.50 academic GPA in coursework required for the major. Failure to do so may necessitate repeating courses or withdrawal from the major. The School of Theology and Ministry faculty reserves the right to request the withdrawal of any student who in its judgment fails to satisfy the standards of Christian character, moral integrity, and social fitness required for a professional minister.

Wesleyan Students

Students anticipating future service in The Wesleyan Church should include Wesleyan Church History/Discipline (REL-431) among their elective courses. The Christian Ministries and Pastoral Ministries majors are specifically designed to meet all the academic requirements for ordination in The Wesleyan Church. Any deviation from the course requirements should be approved in writing by both the Dean and the Executive Director of Education and Clergy Development for The Wesleyan Church. Students who are members of The Wesleyan Church should be in contact with their District Board of Ministerial Development (DBMD) prior to applying for admission to the professional majors.

  • Completion of 124 semester hours; however, some majors may result in the student earning greater than 124 credit hours by graduation.
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher
  • Completion of the designated semester hours in the major area with a GPA of 2.25 or higher as required by the major. Additional requirements as prescribed by each department must also be met.
  • Completion of all general education requirements
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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

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