Master of Divinity in Professional Chaplaincy Learn to Guide Others Spiritually

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100% online,* 8-week courses

Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total


Take the next step toward your ministry goals with Liberty’s Master of Divinity in Professional Chaplaincy. Whether you want to work as a chaplain in a hospital, corporate office, community, law enforcement agency, or military setting, our divinity degree can help you earn the credentials you need.

Our professional chaplaincy program is designed with Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) opportunities to help you become more marketable in your field. By getting this kind of experience, you can set yourself apart and lead your ministry with integrity.

Please Note: Professional Chaplaincy has a general 75-credit hour degree program and 3 different 93-credit hour degree programs available.

*Some exclusions apply. Please refer to our exclusions page for more information.

Accreditation

Liberty Theological Seminary, as part of Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity, is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS). Your seminary degree is approved by ATS and has met rigorous accreditation standards, so you can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

ATS Accreditation

CPE-Accredited Training

With mentorship from experienced chaplaincy professionals,  you will gain the skills you need without compromising your principles in order to serve as a chaplain. Our flexible format will allow you to choose how you complete your CPE-accredited units either as intensives or with a CPE program in your community. These units are available in our community, healthcare, and military specializations as on-campus modules accredited by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE) or as 100% online courses to guide you through your local CPE program.

CPE Residential Intensives vs. Online Mentoring

Liberty University’s professional chaplaincy degrees offer 2 paths to complete your CPE-accredited training:

Residential Intensives


No matter which of our professional chaplaincy specializations you choose, you will complete a core of 63 credits focused on major aspects of ministry leadership. You will complete courses that explore other religions, the history of Christianity, and best practices in bridging the gap between the two. Additionally, you will take Greek and Hebrew classes designed to increase your understanding of Scripture from its original languages.

Depending on the specialization you choose, you will dive deeper into specific aspects of professional chaplaincy. We offer courses in community, healthcare, and military chaplaincy to help you gain the skill set you need to succeed in your unique ministry field. Check out our specializations below to learn more about each of the programs we offer within our M.Div. in Professional Chaplaincy.


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What Sets Us Apart?

  • Private Nonprofit University
  • 600+ Online Degrees
  • No Standardized Testing for Admission
  • Transfer in up to 75% of an Undergrad Degree
  • Transfer in up to 50% of a Grad/Doctoral Degree

  • Corporate chaplain
  • First responder chaplain
  • Hospice chaplain
  • Hospital chaplain*
  • Law enforcement chaplain
  • Military chaplain
  • Pastor
  • Prison chaplain
  • Youth pastor

*This position may require 4 units of CPE and board certification.


There are several specializations of varying lengths available for this program:


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Not sure what to choose?

Speak to one of our admissions specialists to help you choose the program that best fits your needs.


Your success is our success, which is why we are committed to providing quality academics at an affordable tuition rate. While other colleges are increasing their tuition, we have frozen tuition rates for the majority of our undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral programs for the past 9 years – and counting.

To continue our mission of providing affordable education, electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee.

*Electronic textbooks are not provided for courses that fall under departments outside the School of Divinity.

Grad & Postgrad Divinity Block Rate (9-15 credit hours) $2,750
Grad & Postgrad Divinity Part Time (0-8.99 or over 15 credit hours) $395/Credit
Military Grad & Postgrad Divinity Block Rate (9-15 credit hours) $2,475
Military Grad & Postgrad Divinity Part Time (0-8.99 or over 15 credit hours) $275/Credit

These rates also apply to the MA in Pastoral Counseling, which falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.

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Military

Liberty University is dedicated to providing world-class educational experiences to military students across the globe.

Who May Qualify?

  • Active Duty
  • Reserve/National Guard
  • Veterans/Retirees
  • Spouses of Service Members and Veterans/Retirees
  • Current Department of Defense Employees

Available Benefits:

  • Tuition discounts – $275 per credit hour for part-time graduate and postgraduate divinity courses
  • Discounted divinity block rate – $2,475 per semester*
  • Additional discount for veterans who service in a civilian capacity as a First Responder (less than $625 per course)**
  • 8-week courses, 8 different start dates each year, and no set login times (may exclude certain courses such as practicums, internships, or field experiences)

These benefits also apply to the MA in Pastoral Counseling, which falls under the School of Behavioral Sciences.

*Credits taken below 9 and above 15 credit hours per semester are charged at the part-time rate.

**Not applicable to certificates.