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Master of Arts

Chaplaincy, M.A.

This special Master of Arts degree is for students called to provide spiritual support and guidance outside the local church.

The Chaplaincy MA degree will provide a solid biblical and theological underpinning as well as a balanced training in pastoral counseling skills and intercultural studies. This Masters in Chaplaincy will provide solid foundational training that prepares individuals to become a chaplain for ministry in military, hospital, sports, marketplace and prison settings.

Unlike the Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy Studies, this chaplain degree does not require language training, yet it meets the military’s 72 hour requirement.

The following types of students are encouraged to consider this program:

Those already having had several years of vocational ministry experience who desire further theological study in order to be better prepared for a chaplaincy role.
Students desiring additional theological study for their particular field of ministry.
This is a terminal degree program for those who do not plan to pursue a Doctor of Ministry degree in the future.

Chaplaincy MA degree from Grace Seminary is for those who want a chaplain degree, with a masters in chaplaincy & military ministry skills.

Ideal Fit

Students called to provide spiritual support and guidance to the military and in other workplace settings in which there is greater emphasis on counselling and spiritual support ministry.

The Master of Arts for Chaplaincy degree is perfect for you if you have a clear sense of calling to the military or a comparable workplace.

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Career Opportunities

A chaplain's most important job is to provide religious services, spiritual guidance, and counseling to those in need.

Chaplains provide religious services and support to people who are hospitalized, incarcerated, or unable to attend religious services because they are on military duty.

  • Hospital Chaplain
  • Military Chaplain
  • Prison Chaplain
  • Hospice Chaplain
  • Workplace Chaplain
  • School Chaplain
  • Christian Camp Ministry
  • Airport Chaplain
Chaplaincy MA degree from Grace Seminary is for those who want a chaplain degree, with a masters in chaplaincy & military ministry skills.

Curriculum Examples

Theological Foundations of Counseling
Pre-marital & Marital Counseling
World Religions
Interpersonal Communication & Conflict
Principles and Practice of Prayer
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Course Overview

This course will examine Scriptural truths and principles along with a biblical theory of personality.

This course will examine how to effectively engage in pre-marital counseling to help couples prepare for marriage and to help couples who are struggling in their marriage.

In this course the belief systems of major religions are studied with a view to understanding why the tenets make sense and drive behavior for the adherents.

Through course material, individual reflection, and small group experiences, learners will explore the biblical foundations of relationships, personal relating style, small group dynamics, and roles and conflict management skills.

This course will take an in-depth look at prayer as God’s means of leading and strengthening faithful servants for His work among Christians and non-Christians of this age.


Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Master of Arts program at Grace Theological Seminary, you must fulfill certain admissions requirements:
  • A four-year bachelor‘s degree or its equivalent (for international students) from a recognized institution of higher learning. Graduates of Bible colleges, liberal arts colleges, and state colleges and universities are encouraged to apply.
  • A student who received his or her pre-seminary education at an institution that is not accredited or who achieved less than a 2.5 GPA in pre-seminary education may be admitted on academic restriction.
  • Applicants without a bachelor’s degree who have completed some or no college may be admitted if they meet certain ministry and research/writing requirements. Please contact seminary admissions for more information; email: gtsrec@grace.edu or phone: 877.607.0012.

Admission Requirements

Grace Theological Seminary welcomes applications from all individuals who have a testimony of personal faith in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior

To be admitted as a Grace Theological Seminary student, you’re asked to provide:

  • Official transcripts from the school where you obtained your bachelor’s degree. (If you are currently working on your degree, you can submit an unofficial transcript for admission until term completion, at which time an official transcript is required. Transcripts should be sent to admissions@grace.edu.)

  • A spiritual life reference

  • International applicant must provide a copy of TESOL test scores, and provide a financial certificate indicating sufficient funding for the program of study.

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