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Master of Divinity

Chaplaincy Program, M.Div.

Are you considering becoming a chaplain? Students called to provide spiritual support and guidance outside the local church may consider this chaplaincy program. The degree will provide a solid biblical and theological underpinning as well as a balanced chaplaincy training in pastoral care counseling skills and intercultural studies to help with becoming a chaplain.

This chaplaincy program will provide solid foundational training that prepares individuals for ministry as professional chaplains in military, hospital, sports, marketplace and prison settings. (M.Div. Core plus 12 credit hours.)

The MDiv degree program provides an optimal curriculum in graduate theological study to prepare men and women for various ministry roles. The three-year program requires 75 hours of study. There are eight concentrations: General Studies, Pastoral Studies, Pastoral Counseling, Christian Ministry, Exegetical Studies, Intercultural Studies, Women’s Leadership, and Chaplaincy Studies. Advanced Standing credit may be obtained for up to 18 credit hours of the MDiv degree and 36 credit hours may be transferred from an accredited institution. The combination of Advanced Standing and Transfer Credit is limited to 36 credit hours.

Grace Seminary's Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy program prepares you with chaplaincy training for the armed forces, hospitals, or more.

Ideal Fit

Students called to provide spiritual support and guidance to the military, in hospitals, in educational or workplace settings.

The Master of Divinity program for Chaplaincy is perfect for you if you have a clear sense of calling to ministry in one of the many organizational settings which support spiritual care outside the church.

Chaplain Workplace Ministry Military Ministry Hospital Ministry Camp Ministry Spiritual Care

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
Grace Seminary's Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy program prepares you with chaplaincy training for the armed forces, hospitals, or more.

Curriculum Examples

Theological Foundations of Counseling
Apologetics
World Religions
Expository Preaching and Teaching
Hebrew Exegesis I
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Course Overview

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

This course will address philosophical, historical, scientific, and cultural issues surrounding the defense of Christianity in the contemporary world.

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

This course combines both theory and practice. It introduces a functional methodology of organizing and developing the elements of a sermon.

This course is a practical study of the procedures for doing sound exegesis in the various portions of the Old Testament.


Entry Requirements

In order to be considered for enrollment in the Master of Divinity 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 grade point average 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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