Postgraduate Certificate in Chaplaincy Minister with Purpose


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Transfer in up to 50% of the degree total

Are you seeking better ways to make an impact as a chaplain? If navigating the secular and pluralistic settings of your current ministry has you looking for answers, Liberty’s 100% online Postgraduate Certificate in Chaplaincy might be what you need. Our 9-credit-hour postgraduate certificate can provide doctoral-level training without the commitment of a full Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) program.

Partner with us for your chaplaincy training and learn what you need to reach your full potential as you help those in your corporation, hospital, or community. Liberty University’s mission is to develop Christ-centered men and women with the values, passion, and skills essential to changing the world. Our online chaplaincy program can equip you to develop a biblically-based plan for helping those in need and training up future leaders in fulfillment of the Great Commission.

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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

As pioneers in distance learning, we’re committed to offering an education that fits your schedule. Our Postgraduate Certificate in Chaplaincy is available 100% online, and the classes have no set login times. You can complete your assignments from the comfort of your home and easily access your course materials whenever you need them!

A postgraduate chaplaincy certificate is an excellent alternative to a full-length doctoral degree because it allows you to gain new skills and credentials while saving time and money. At only 9 credit hours, this online chaplaincy certificate can be completed in just 1 semester. We offer a fast, flexible path to graduation that lets you receive online chaplaincy training without putting your life on hold. If you decide to continue your studies into a doctoral degree, credits from this certificate can transfer into our Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) in Chaplaincy.


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.

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Training to be a chaplain is an ongoing process. This online Postgraduate Certificate in Chaplaincy is designed to help you gain advanced knowledge, skills, and abilities in practical theological interpretation. Applying biblical theology in secular and pluralistic contexts can often lead to tension. At Liberty, you can learn how to minister to individuals from a wide variety of theological backgrounds with humility and love.

As you study strategic leadership, you can learn how to best use the position and opportunities available to chaplains to influence critical decisions within the military, the healthcare field, and your community. Your training can help you build advanced interpretive and decision-making skills as they relate to the functional areas of chaplaincy. This training is designed to help increase your ability to assess calling, character, competence, and relational intelligence in others. Understanding how to improve these qualities in both yourself and others will be another aspect of your training.

Throughout your courses, you can also learn how to develop and apply a biblically based decision-making model and personal code of ethics. Your studies will address the ethics of evangelism, civil discourse, and the free exercise of faith in a pluralistic culture.

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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.

Electronic textbooks are provided for many divinity courses* all for one convenient fee. To continue our mission of providing affordable education, this fee is waived for students who enroll by Summer 2024 D-term.

*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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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 – $300 per credit hour for part-time divinity Executive Certificate courses
  • Discounted divinity block rate – $2,700 per semester*
  • Roll credits into the corresponding doctoral degree
  • 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)

*Credits taken below 7 and above 15 credit hours per semester are charged at the part-time rate.