Master Of Divinity (M.Div.) Chaplaincy Degree
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Years (Avg.)
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Transfer Credits
Up to 50% can be transferred
Next Start Date
Aug 24, 2020
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Bring Godly Wisdom and Comfort to Those in Need with an M.Div. – Chaplaincy

Chaplains provide spiritual guidance, comfort, and non-denominational religious services to those who are in need. The work environment chaplains might find themselves in can vary from healthcare, prisons, corporations, schools, or within the military.

Liberty University’s Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy degree program provides broad-based biblical and theological training that is needed for a variety of environments. You will learn how to effectively provide emotional and spiritual support to those in need. Through our M.Div. training, you will gain the ability to reach out to believers and bring non-believers into the welcoming arms of Christ.


Your divinity degree is approved by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and has met rigorous accreditation standards. You can feel confident that your degree is both academically excellent and well-respected among churches, ministries, and nonprofit organizations.

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Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Divinity – Chaplaincy Degree?

Liberty University’s chaplaincy degree is designed to help prepare you for chaplaincy ministry in Christian settings but also qualify for the unique opportunities for chaplains in secular institutions, businesses, college campuses, sports organizations, and first responders. The faculty members in our John W. Rawlings School of Divinity will equip you for success in ministering for the spiritual health of others. Additionally, we have partnered with local churches and parachurch organizations to provide experiential training. In fact, local church ministry training is embedded within our programs.

If you have prior ministry experience or if you previously pursued an accredited seminary degree, you might be able to receive course credit through our transfer evaluation or Institutional Challenge Exams. Our Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy will prepare you for the challenge and mission of bringing the word of God to those who are unable to travel to a formal setting themselves.

What Will You Learn in Our Master of Divinity – Chaplaincy Degree?

Our Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy provides the training and professional development you need to serve in a variety of ministry settings. Throughout this degree, you will learn how to apply your knowledge and skills to the secular and pluralistic contexts that you might encounter in the military, healthcare and community settings. You will also receive language and interpretation skills that are taught in the core Master of Divinity courses.

You will acquire the fundamental leadership principles that will enable you to go into the community and minister to those in need. Special attention will be paid to the ethical dilemmas that may arise in the different environments you encounter as a chaplain. In addition, you will learn how to exercise your own faith in a setting that is pluralistic.

We invite you to look at our featured courses for a preview of the dynamic M.Div. program we offer at Liberty University. You can also review the Degree Completion Plan.

Featured Courses

CHPL 598 – Spiritual and Professional Development of the Chaplain

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • This course addresses the professional and spiritual formation of chaplains. Students will observe and evaluate, first-hand, various chaplain ministries.
  • Attention is given to the biblical nature of chaplain ministry and its practical application within the secular and pluralistic contexts of the military, healthcare, and community chaplain settings.
  • Special emphasis is given to the formation of godly character necessary for successful chaplain ministry.

GLST 650 – Intercultural Communication

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • This course explores key issues in the process of effective intercultural communication.
  • Special attention is given to the concept of Cultural Intelligence (CQ) and its application in effective intercultural engagement.

LEAD 510 – Biblical Foundations of Leadership

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • This course explores the topic of leadership from a biblical and theological perspective.
  • Essential biblical principles bearing on the purpose and character of leadership will be examined.
  • Instances of leadership in the Old and New Testaments will be analyzed within their biblical context and in terms of contemporary understanding of leadership, with a special focus on the leadership of Jesus as seen in the New Testament.

CHPL 615 – Chaplain Ethics for Advisement and Pastoral Care

Here’s what you’ll learn:

  • The course provides a study of the methodology and practice of biblical ethics applied within the secular and pluralistic contexts in which chaplains serve.
  • Attention is given to chaplain ethical advisement of leaders and followers within the military, healthcare, and community chaplain environments.
  • The course will prepare chaplains for ethical dilemmas through the development of an ethical decision model and a personal code of ethics. Additionally, the course will address the ethics of evangelism and exercising one’s faith in a pluralistic culture.

Degree Information

Career Opportunities

Admission Requirements

Highlights of Our Master of Divinity Degree

  • Monday-only classes for master’s programs allow students to complete large portions of their M.Div. degree by only attending class one day a week.
  • We have a state-of-the-art homiletics/teaching lab in our School of Divinity building.
  • Study under theologians and missionaries with real-world experience in the M.Div.’s web-based content developed by Liberty University’s John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.
  • Institutional Challenge Exams (ICE) are available to test out of foundational biblical and theological studies content for the M.Div. program.
  • Our Scriptorium houses the Rawlings Foundation rare books collection valued at over $1 million, a 111 ft.-long Torah scroll that dates to the 16th century, and a functioning replica of the Gutenberg Printing Press.
  • Local church ministry training is embedded within our programs.
  • We provide experiential learning opportunities through church and parachurch ministries.

Master of Divinity – Chaplaincy Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Master of Divinity – Chaplaincy Graduates

  • Corporate Chaplain
  • Hospital/Fire/Police Chaplaincy
  • Military Chaplain
  • Prison Chaplain
  • Senior Pastor

Admission Requirements for Graduate Degrees

Every application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis, and all applicants must submit the following documents and meet the minimum requirements for admission: