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DMin in Pastoral Ministry and Counselling

The Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Ministry and Counselling programme at the School of Christian Studies prepares pastoral ministers and counsellors to provide ministerial and therapeutic services in faith-based contexts.

About the Pastoral Ministry and Counselling Programme

Testament Theological Seminary’s 47-hour Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counselling develops counselling skills designed to enhance your ministry in a variety of settings, including as a pastor, lay-counsellor or chaplain. Our Christian counselling degree is designed for those who plan to pursue vocations in congregation-based ministries or non-profits. Our MA in Pastoral Care and Counselling programme is ranked as one of the sought-after Christian Counselling programmes in Africa. The mission of the Department of Pastoral Care and Counselling is to equip students to serve diverse communities by facilitating healing and growth through reflectively integrating Christian values, principles and resources with pastoral or professional counselling competencies and practices.

Programme Outcomes

By completing the Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Ministry and Counselling, students will be able to demonstrate:

  1. The ability to pastorally and clinically engage human psychological, relational, and contextual distress in therapeutic ways. (Cultural Context).

  2. The ability to interpret, engage, and expand psycho-spiritual meaning making in relation to the pastoral legacy of faith communities. (Theology /Spirituality/kingdom Heritage).

  3. The ability to offer competent therapeutic services in secular and/or faith-based contexts based on personal, interpersonal, and spiritual maturity. (Maturity/Personal Formation).

  4. The ability to appropriately assess and diagnose personal and relational life conditions that contribute to human distress and break down, with the skills needed to discern and effectively pastoral engage the identified dilemmas. (Skills/Ministerial Leadership).
Pastoral Counselling

Where you can work as a Professional Pastoral Counsellor

  • Congregational Care & Outreach Ministry
  • Pastoral Care Ministry
  • Hospice Ministry
  • Family Service Centers
  • Christian Schools
  • Church Counselling Centers
  • Coaching Centres
  • Prison Ministry

Programme Information

DMin in Pastoral Ministry and Counselling

In order to meet the current licensure requirements of the regional or international (APPC as a base for moving toward RPPC), and to respond to developing nationwide trends toward inter-regional/international licensure portability, while continuing to provide the integrative pastoral focus of Testament’s MA in Pastoral Care and Counselling degree, the curriculum is built around a two year, 47 credit hour design.

Part-time students will tailor their course selection with their advisor. International students with a student visa and studying in person must begin the degree in Alpha (Jan) semester.

  • APPC = Associate Professional Pastoral Counsellor
  • RPPC = Registered Professional Pastoral Counsellor

Some courses covered in this programme are: Pastoral Care and Counselling, Psychotherapy, Practical Theology and many more. Download this  DMin in Pastoral Ministry and Counselling catologue.

  • O-level (Secondary School Education) result (not more than two sittings).
  • Two-year Master of Arts (MA) Degree: Any Bachelor’s Degree or Graduate Diploma official/unofficial transcript or its equivalent, with at least a 2.75 GPA on a 4-point scale or 3.5 on a 5-point scale or a 2.2 class award from a recognized Bible College, Seminary or University.
  • Chest/Waist-to-head clean corporate picture (for online/virtual students).
  • Three (3) passport photos (for in-class students).
  • Health Report or medical Fitness Certificate (for in-class students).
  • National ID (for in-class students).
  • Two (2) recommendation letters. One from your Church and the other from your place or work, school or others (for all students).

Other Requirements:

  • Submit a personal Statement of Purpose (SOP) of no more than two pages.
  • Submit a research proposal when applying to TTS.
  • Find and contact a Research Supervisor(s)/mentor(s) in your field/area of specialisation.

Testament Theological Seminary offers a variety of options for course delivery. The section code designations can assist in determining the delivery modality for the courses.

  • Face to Face: Courses offered on a weekly basis in a classroom setting only on our Makurdi campus.
  • Hybrid: Semester-long courses with both online and in-person requirements.
  • Independent Study: An independently arranged research course in a subject area or topic not covered by a course currently listed in the academic catalog.
  • Independent Course: An independent arrangement of a course currently listed in the academic catalog and completed outside of the classroom, as contracted between faculty and student. Independent courses are registered with the catalog course number and are graded per the catalog course description.
  • Intensive: Course may meet once or twice a semester for multiple days. The majority of the learning will take place during the required in-person portion of this class.
  • Online: Courses offered completely online with no specific synchronous meeting requirement.
  • Synchronous: Courses offered online with regular weekly meetings at a set time. Some courses are cross-listed with an in-person section.
  • Travel Courses: Courses that include face-to-face instruction at a location other than the approved campus and extensions. Some travel courses may include a domestic or overseas cultural immersion or attendance at a significant conference related to course content.

Your one-time non-refundable application fee is $25 (₦25,000). Our exchange rate is $1 = 1,000.

Naira (₦) Account Details

Account Name: Testment Theological Seminary
Account Number: 4401956466
Bank: Moniepoint MFB

The estimated tuition and fees for the MA in Pastoral Care and Counselling totals $3,760.00, or 47 credit hours at a cost of $80.00 per credit hour for international students; while a resident Nigerian student pays a total of 1,200,000, or 15 courses at a cost of ₦80,000 per course.

Please note that tuition and fees for all of Testament’s academic programmes are subject to change. On the other hand, there are scholarships and aids available to all our students. Click here to download this Scholarships and Aids document. For more detailed information about tuition and fees, and a breakdown of how these costs are calculated on a yearly basis, please download this Tuition and Fees document.

  • Clinical Lab: Every student in the programme has access to the clinical lab for their professional practice. These clinical labs are located in different countries and different states.
  • Provision of ICT: You can access free Wi-Fi throughout the Seminary or the Clinical Lab, so you can work from anywhere. If you don’t want to carry a laptop around, just use one of the Seminary’s PCs.
  • TWO Programmes: Testament, Witness and Order (TWO) Conferences hold quarterly where Christian ministers, pastors, students, and Kingdom orators come in to talk on topics in the Christendom and other spheres of influence.
  • Publication Centre: After your research work at the clinical labs, Students will submit and publish their articles at the African Journal of Kingdom Education (AJOKE) seamlessly.
  • Two (2) years of full-time or part-time studies.
  • There is a possibility that some students may spill their completion of Master Theses into the third year.
  • The mode of study can be On-campus (classroom) or Open and Distance Learning (online).

Meet the Faculty

Professor Nicolene Joubert

Chair of Marriage, Family & Pastoral Counselling

I welcome you to this department and to our esteemed team of accomplished experts from diverse fields, and are dedicated to advancing kingdom service through Christian counselling, pastoral care education and biblical leadership soaked in Christian thought and fostering a greater future for our learners and the Seminary at large. 


Chair of Theology & Christian Leadership

Programme Director, Pastoral Ministry & Counselling​

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Dr. Deborah Akanbi

Programme Director, Marriage, Family & Pastoral Counselling​​

Programme Director, Leadership & Congregational Studies​​

Assistant Director, Marriage, Family & Pastoral Counselling

Our Graduates Testify

Start Your Application

Applying online to the DMin in Pastoral Ministry and Counselling programme is a swift and uncomplicated process. Pay your one-time non-refundable application fee of $25 (₦25,000) before submission, then you can proceed to upload any additional documents and requirements.

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Page last updated: 1 July 2024

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