Doctor of Ministry (Chaplaincy)

A D.Min. (Chaplaincy) will help you take your current career and skills in chaplaincy and expand them, bringing you closer to the people you help, to your personal goals, and to Christ. Through a rigorous and comprehensive curriculum, you’ll advance your knowledge of current developments in chaplaincy, deepen your understanding of God’s call on your life, and attain higher levels of ministry competence.

What You’ll Learn

  • How to analyze and address current developments and trends in chaplain ministry
  • Innovative concepts, methods, and approaches in practicing the ministry of God’s presence in pluralistic settings
  • Effective methods for contributing to the theory and practice of chaplain ministry in military, institutional, or organizational contexts

How Long It Will Take

Depending on your academic background, three years of full-time study.

Is It Offered On Campus or Online?

This program is offered on campus, in a face-to-face delivery format, using intensive courses during the months of September, January, and June.

What You Can Do with This Degree

As a chaplain, you bring a unique perspective to ministry and the practice of spiritual care. The D.Min. in Chaplaincy equips you to take that perspective and your experiences to the next level — of your career and of your relationship with Christ.

  • Career chaplain in one or more ministry contexts
  • Strategic leadership provider for an organization that offers chaplain services
  • Leader in a program that trains others in clinical pastoral education
  • Chaplain services as a student life professional
  • Chaplain ministry teacher in a higher education setting

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
  • Caring and mentoring during the dissertation process

What You Need to Know Before You Apply

Program Details

Course of Study (30 hours)

Course Number Course Credit Hours
MIN 9431 Personal Spiritual Transformation 3
RES 9400 Doctoral Research Methods 3
RES 9995 Dissertation Project Proposal 3
RES 9996 Dissertation Project Defense 3
Concentration 18
CHP 9100 Strategic Leadership for Chaplains 3
Choose three courses from CHP 9
Choose two courses from any department. (May be met by officer training transfer courses.) 6

Admission Requirements

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

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