Master of Divinity (Chaplaincy)

In our ever-changing world, ministry must meet people where they are — the workplace. That’s where the Master of Divinity (Chaplaincy) comes in, training you to minister on-site at organizations and businesses. People spend 30 to 40 percent of their lives at work, and chaplains help ensure that time is not devoid of spiritual guidance and support.

You can specialize in two tracks: institutional or organizational chaplaincy. No matter which you choose, you’ll develop a foundation of skills to perform the pastoral, caregiver, emotional, and spiritual roles that help people live happier, healthier lives.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to apply the biblical, theological, and doxological aspects of chaplaincy in pluralistic settings
  • Methods of practicing the ministry of God’s presence internally and being a bearer of God’s presence to others
  • Biblical leadership and ministry skills that display God’s presence
  • Evangelistic strategies for bringing others to Christ
  • Tools and techniques for providing care for the emotional and spiritual needs of others

How Long It Will Take

Depending on your academic background, this 78-credit-hour program will take about three years.

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This master’s program is offered on campus, in a face-to-face format, and online.

What You Can Do with This Degree

Chaplaincy students come from all walks of life and professions, and what makes them truly special—and truly great chaplains — is the myriad experiences they bring with them. Their self-starter attitudes and adaptability, combined with their dedication to helping people through Christ, means they have a wide range of opportunities postgraduation. 

  • Health care chaplain
  • Corporate chaplain
  • Public safety chaplain
  • Correctional chaplain
  • Sports chaplain

Why Earn Your Master’s at CBS?

  • A comprehensive program with more chaplaincy-focused courses than any chaplaincy program in the United States
  • Highly engaged, hands-on classes that focus not only on principles of ministry but also on interpersonal, pastoral-care, and cultural competency skills necessary for workplace environments
  • Professors who are practitioners of the subjects they teach and who can provide expert academic advising
  • Faculty and staff who are dedicated to getting to know you and providing not only academic support, but spiritual support and guidance as well
  • Internships built into the curriculum

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Program Details

Course of Study (78 hours)

Course Number Course Hours
CHL 5001 Chapel I 0
CHL 5002 Chapel II 0
CHL 5003 Chapel III 0
Bible and Hermeneutics 15
BIB 5112  Genesis to Song of Solomon: God's Plan of Creation and Redemption 3
BIB 5113 Prophets: God's Message of Redemption and Judgment 3
BIB 5132 Gospels: God's Means of Providing Redemption 3
BIB 5133 Acts to Revelation: God's People Proclaiming Redemption Globally 3
BIB 5410 Hermeneutics: Interpreting and Applying the Bible 3
Biblical Languages 12
Choose one sequence
GRE 5110 NT Greek I: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 5111 NT Greek II: Beginning Grammar 3
GRE 6220 Greek III: NT Greek Exegesis 3
GRE 63xx GREEK IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
or
HEB 5110 Hebrew I: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 5111 Hebrew II: Beginning Grammar 3
HEB 6220 Hebrew III: From Exegesis to Exposition 3
HEB 65xx Hebrew IV: Exegetical Book Study 3
History and Theology 12
HIS 6221 History of Global Christianity I 3
HIS 6231 History of Global Christianity II 3
THE 6310 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity I 3
THE 6320 Systematic Theology in Global Christianity II 3
Worldview and Spiritual Formation
GLS 5115 Missions and Evangelism in the Twenty-first Century 3
GLS 6515 Understanding Cultures and Worldviews 3
MIN 5300 Foundations of Spiritual Formation 3
Ministry Praxis 12
CNC 6710 Short Term Counseling: Theories and Practice 3
HOM 6300 Foundations for Biblical Preaching 3
MIN 6100 Leadership and Ministry Skills 3
MIN 6344 Transformational Bible Teaching 3
Concentration 18
INT 6110 Foundations of Internship 0
CHP 6060 Clinical Pastoral Education 3
CHP 6100 Introduction to Chaplaincy 3
CNC 6400 Care and Counseling Techniques 3
Choose three courses from CHP, CNC, or CNS 9

Admission Requirements

Ready to learn about how you can enter into the Master of Divinity (Chaplaincy) program from Columbia Biblical Seminary?

Begin your application.