Master of Arts in Chaplaincy

Training leaders to serve our country


The Master of Arts in Chaplaincy equips servant leaders with specialized skills to perform the pastoral, caregiver, and spiritual support roles of a chaplain in a military, institutional, or organizational setting. The curriculum provides the requisite credits and areas of study specified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) for recognition as a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC).

Degree Learning Outcomes

Having completed the MA in Chaplaincy, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate critical and faithful interpretation and responsible use of Scripture in appropriate ministry and professional settings.
  • Establish communal and personal disciplines that nourish Christian spiritual and moral formation.
  • Form a missional vision of kingdom ministry within multi-cultural and multi- faith contexts.
  • Demonstrate critical theological reflection that is biblically faithful, historically grounded, contextually relevant, and integrated with life and ministry.
  • Develop ongoing practices of justice that bear witness to the full scope of the kingdom of God.
  • Exhibit effective ministry skill sets related to chaplaincy.

Requirements for Graduation

Students earning the Master of Arts in Chaplaincy degree must complete 73 credit hours with a minimum grade point average of 2.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. They must also complete one basic unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at a setting of their choice. Two-thirds of this degree may be completed online. One-third of the degree must be completed at the Ashland Campus.

Degree Design

Class Name Credit Hours
Preliminary and Summative Coursework
Step One Platform (required online, 5-wk non-credit bearing)
CHP 7790 Capstone Experience for Chaplaincy 3 hours
Spiritual Formation Courses
SPF 5541 Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines 2 hours
SPF 5542 Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer 2 hours
Core Courses
BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts 3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith 3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God 3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics 3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community 3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament 3 hours
OTS 5511 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 1) 3 hours
OTS 5512 Introduction to the Old Testament (Part 2) 3 hours
Ministry Cohort Courses
CLD 6630 Leading the People of God 3 hours
CWP 5512 Worship and the Community of God 3 hours
PCC 5520 Well Being in Ministry 3 hours
PCC 5530 Pastoral Counseling and Care 3 hours
Chaplaincy Courses
CHP 6645 Introduction to Chaplaincy 3 hours
CHP 6646 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Basic Unit 3 hours
CHP 6650 Advanced Ethics for Ministry Practitioners 2 hours
EVG 7726 Navigating the Multi-Faith Context 3 hours
MSS 6613 Cultural Competencies 3 hours
PTS 7794 Independent Study in Pastoral Ministry 3 hours
PCC Elective 9 hours
Elective Courses
Open Electives 6 hours
Total Hours 73 hours


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