Your Call To Ministry With A
OF ARTS IN CHAPLAINCY!
In an ever-evolving world filled with a plethora of situations that inundate the lives of all humankind,
chaplaincy is a viable profession that crosses ministerial lines and
belief systems providing unprecedented care in all aspects of life
from the spiritual to the secular. Chaplains meet people where they
are in the midst of their circumstances, whether it is in the
workplace, via healthcare services in hospitals, in prisons, on
athletic fields, in military branches, on cruise ships, in
individuals’ homes, on the streets, in the midst of movements,
during pandemics, in behavioral health settings, in governmental
agencies, etc., all the while ensuring recipients of their care that
time is not devoid of spiritual guidance and support. Serving the
“present age” in today’s society must and can occur, and a
Master of Arts in Chaplaincy
is a means to revisioning ministry while expanding professional
opportunities to engage in authentic, compassionate care as well as
ministry and leadership training across diverse landscapes.
Apply now and join the journey!
The MAC degree program is geared for:
Individuals who have interest in an aspect of
ministry that does not include traditional pastoral ministry
Individuals who are interested in providing
spiritual care in non-traditional settings
Individuals who may have already completed
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) but who do not hold a Master’s
Individuals who have not completed Clinical
Pastoral Education (CPE) and who do not hold a Master’s
theological degree (CPE is incorporated into the course curriculum)
Individuals who desire to acquire a Master of
Arts in Chaplaincy degree as a personal goal
Individuals who hold a bachelor’s degree or
satisfactory educational background from an accredited institution.
Master of Arts in Chaplaincy
degree program is a seventy-two
(72)-hour degree for individuals who desire to develop an approach to
spiritual care, who possess authentic concern for humankind, and who
desire to gain academic and clinical knowledge regarding the
spiritual, caregiver, emotional, pastoral support and chaplain roles
in diverse contexts. For those who desire, it also includes
post-graduation board certification eligibility.
degree outcomes will allow students to:
the biblical, theological, and doxological aspects of chaplaincy in
pluralistic settings such as churches, direct helping ministries, or
the variety of chaplain disciplines that understand and acknowledge
the benefits of chaplaincy.
the chaplaincy process of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), its
competencies, objectives, and outcomes as endorsed by the
Association of Clinical Pastoral Educators (ACPE)
the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC)
in units of Clinical Pastoral Education to complete certification
alongside the Master of Arts degree program.
theological, psychological, ethical, and cultural understandings of
real-life caregiving encounters demonstrating effective use of
self in the care of others.
the spiritual needs within interdisciplinary systems where care may
ministerial leadership skills through the delivery of traditional
and non-traditional spiritual care.
knowledge that translates to demonstrating leadership and ministry
skills toward living human documents in an ever-changing world and
in complex environments to serve the present age.
and knowledge required for chaplain employment opportunities.
hands-on traditional, hybrid classes, and online classes.
scholarly, and experienced faculty who are practitioners of the
subjects they teach and who can provide both expert academic support
and individualized spiritual guidance.
integration of Bible knowledge, spiritual formation, and ministry
field experience built into the curriculum via Clinical Pastoral
to align the chaplain roles and responsibilities with theological
coursework that becomes foundational for chaplain service while
teaching the professional and practical knowledge and skills needed
to effectively serve diverse recipients of care via the following
36 Required Credit Courses:
- Old Testament I
- New Testament I
- History of Christianity in Global Context
- History of Christianity in the United States
- Systematic Theology I OR Systematic Theology II
- Christian Ethics
- Theories in Human Development and Personality
- Introduction to Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Multi-cultural Spiritual/Pastoral Care Ministry
- Professional Ethics for Chaplaincy
- Christian Education Requirement
24 Credit Hours of Clinical Pastoral Education:
Four Units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) are required, which includes additional education and clinical hours as required by ACPE.
12 Credit Hours of Recommended Electives:
Elective choices may be chosen with the guidance of the Director of the Hood Theological Seminary Center For Chaplaincy. Electives will be selected based upon the student’s interest in pursuing chaplaincy in selected fields of interest.
- Death and Dying
- Psychology of Religion
- Listening Skills
- Dynamics in Addiction and Intervention
- Crisis Intervention
- Marriage and Family As System
- Human Sexuality and Spiritual Health
- Seminar in Spiritual/Pastoral Care and Counseling
- Case Study Method in Pastoral Care
- Conflict Resolution
- Forgiveness and Reconciliation in the Healing Process
- Womanist/Feminist Approaches to Spiritual/Pastoral Care
- Power and Violence: A Spiritual/Pastoral Guide to Intimate and Family Violence
Total Hours: 72 (Required and Electives – approximately three years)
non-refundable application fee (due no later than July 1 for fall
semester or December 1 for spring semester made payable to Hood
Theological Seminary). Applications
for Financial Assistance must be completed and submitted to the
Financial Aid Office. Contact Angela Davis-Baxter, Director of
Financial Aid &Title IX Coordinator:
(Please click links for financial aid
Prior Education: Official
transcripts from all previous undergraduate and graduate
institutions must be submitted to the Admission’s Office
reflecting a 2.5 GPA or higher. A bachelor’s degree (or its
educational equivalent) at a high level of achievement from an
accredited institution is a prerequisite for admissions.
Statement of Purpose:
The applicant will write a 4-to-5-page paper (double-spaced)
outlining the following:
Full Account of Your Life that include aspects of your character and
your education and work/vocational history
understanding of: 1) chaplaincy and your understanding of spiritual
care; 2) your reasons for seeking a chaplaincy degree, 3) and your
plans to utilize such a degree.
perceived strengths and potential areas for development.
The life experiences that have most
significantly shaped you and piqued your chaplaincy interest.
- Document can be emailed to
letters of recommendation. One letter must be from a faculty member
of an institution from which you have earned a degree or another
person who can speak to your potential for graduate-level study.
The second recommendation must be from an individual who can speak
to your potential for service as a chaplain.
An interview with the Director of the
Center For Chaplaincy will be scheduled once the items listed above
completed applications are reviewed by the HTS Admissions Committee. For
information regarding tuition and fees, click the following link:
Karen L. Owens, D.Min.,
Director, Center For Chaplaincy,
Phone Number: 704.636.7611 (Ask to be transferred to the Center for Chaplaincy)