Liberty University Center for Chaplaincy provides program tracks designed to meet the chaplaincy training requirements for many settings. These programs integrate a required chaplain internship with a blended learning model that includes several optional dynamic in-residence (intensive) courses. There are several program length options for students in different chaplaincy fields:
93-Credit Hour Community, Healthcare, and Chaplaincy Tracks
Graduates of the 93 hour M.Div. in Chaplaincy in the areas of community chaplaincy, healthcare chaplaincy, or military chaplaincy will be best prepared to serve as chaplains in these specialized settings which have specific endorsement and content requirements.
75-Credit Hour Chaplaincy Track
This shorter program track is intended for students who need general chaplaincy training in addition to the Master of Divinity’s in-depth biblical and theological studies. This program may apply to many fields of chaplaincy, but it is up to the student to ensure that they will not require a 93-credit hour track for their intended career path.
Your Questions Answered
Why is there a 93 Hour M.Div. Chaplaincy program track?
Graduates of the new 93 hour M.Div. in Chaplaincy will be best prepared to serve as chaplains due to the hours of hands-on experience from the shadow and internship programs, as well as the optional intensive courses. We believe that this new program will best prepare you to serve as a chaplain in your field, and allow you to have a competitive edge when competing for chaplaincy positions.
What’s the difference between the previous M.Div. programs (72 and 93 hour) and the new 93 hour M.Div. Chaplaincy program?
Overall, the biggest changes are the increase in hands-on experience that is incorporated into the degree program, and the three functional areas of chaplaincy the program now provides: Military, Healthcare, and Community. Employers are looking for individuals who are equipped with the necessary skillsets on day one, and the new M.Div. Chaplaincy program works to accomplish this end.
The new program requires:
- Six optional on-campus intensive courses for Military Chaplaincy, and three for Healthcare and Community Chaplaincy. All concentration courses are specifically designed to prepare students for their chaplaincy through hands-on, interactive assignments.
- A practicum/shadow and internship course will also provide necessary first-hand experience, such as shadowing and interviewing current chaplains, in order to be best prepared to enter the job market as a qualified chaplain.
Do I have to transfer into the new program?
Students currently enrolled in the discontinued 72 and 93 Hour programs have the option to finish their current degree programs, so long as they graduate by May 2020.
Special note for students intending to pursue a position as a military chaplain:
Switching to this program from the current 72 or 93 hour M.Div. programs is strongly recommended. The military has expressed that candidates for their chaplain positions would be considered “best qualified” if they are receiving hands-on training and preparation for the chaplaincy through on-campus and internship courses. The 93 hour M.Div. Chaplaincy program has been designed to incorporate these elements to ensure that graduates are prepared and equipped to serve in these roles.
Decided to transfer?
Students who have decided to transfer to the new program, or who are seeking additional information, are encouraged to contact an Academic Advisor at LUODivinity@liberty.edu or (800) 424-9595.