Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy


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The Master of Divinity (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 and whose religious affiliation or employing institution require the MDIV degree. 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).


Having completed the MDIV (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 intended areas of service.


Students earning the Master of Divinity (Chaplaincy) degree must complete 80 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. At least one-third of this degree must be completed at the Ashland Campus. Two-thirds of this degree may be completed online.

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Location(s) Offered:

Ashland Campus
910 Center Street
Ashland, OH 44805

Columbus Center
1900 E. Dublin Granville Road
Columbus, OH 43229

Degree Design



Preliminary and Summative Coursework

CHP 7790 Capstone Experience for Chaplaincy1 hour

Spiritual Formation Courses

SPF 5541 Spiritual Formation Core (1): Spiritual Disciplines2 hours
SPF 5542 Spiritual Formation Core (2): Prayer2 hours

Core Courses

BSG 5501 Engaging Texts and Contexts3 hours
CHS 5500 Story of the Christian Faith3 hours
CTH 5520 Christian Theology for the Kingdom of God3 hours
ETH 5530 Christian Ethics3 hours
MSS 5501 Kingdom Mission in a Global Community3 hours
NTS 5511 Introduction to the New Testament3 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

CLD 6630 Leading the People of God3 hours
CWP 5512 Worship and the Community of God3 hours
PCC 5520 Well Being in Ministry3 hours
PCC 5530 Pastoral Counseling and Care3 hours

Chaplaincy Courses

CHP 6645 Introduction to Chaplaincy3 hours
CHP 6646 Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) Basic Unit3 hours
CHP 6650 Advanced Ethics for Ministry Practitioners3 hours
EVG 7726 Navigating the Multi-Faith Context3 hours
MSS 6613 Cultural Competencies3 hours
PTS 7794 Independent Study in Pastoral Ministry3 hours
PCC Elective9 hours

Elective Courses

OTS/NTS Elective1-3 hours
CHS/CTH/ETH Electives1-3 hours
PTS Electives1-3 hours
Open Electives6 hours

Total Hours

80 hours



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