MDiv Healthcare Chaplaincy Online Program (thesis)
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Transfer Credits
Up to 50% of the Degree Total can be Transferred to Liberty
Next Start Date
Aug 24, 2020
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Bring Godly Wisdom and Comfort to the Sick, Injured, or Dying with an M.Div. in Healthcare Chaplaincy

Do you feel drawn to those who are in need of spiritual, mental, and emotional care? Have you ever wanted to work with patients, families, doctors, and nurses in their time of greatest need?

Liberty University’s Master of Divinity in Healthcare Chaplaincy can prepare you to work in a hospital or medical facility and help those who are sick, injured, or dying. Our experienced professors provide the training and practical knowledge you need to minister to people in these situations while sharing the hope found in faith. You may also find yourself working with the family of patients and medical professionals working in a hospital or clinic setting.

Additionally, our Master of Divinity in Healthcare 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 the different types of pastoral counseling you may be called to do for those suffering from depression and trauma. Through our M.Div. training, you will gain the ability to reach out to provide spiritual care to patients and staff within pluralistic and secular settings.

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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 – Healthcare Chaplaincy Degree?

Liberty University’s healthcare chaplaincy degree is designed to prepare you for ministry in hospitals, clinics, the local church, and parachurch settings. Our School of Divinity professors will share their knowledge and experience with you as they equip you for success in ministry roles. As a graduate divinity student, you’ll have the option to complete Monday-only night classes. This option provides more time for your studies, family, and career. Additionally, we have partnered with local churches and parachurch organizations to provide experiential training, which is embedded within our programs.

Obtaining your Master of Divinity from one of the largest Christian universities in the nation gives you access to all of the great resources on campus. Our 17-story Freedom Tower was designed especially for divinity students and professors and comes equipped with a 7-projector immersive classroom and a state-of-the-art homiletics-teaching lab. On the first floor of the tower, you will also find our Scriptorium, which holds over $1 million in rare books and bibles.

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 Healthcare Chaplaincy will prepare you for the challenge of bringing comfort to those who need it, often in their darkest hour.

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

Our Master of Divinity in Healthcare Chaplaincy provides the training and professional development you need to serve in a variety of ministry settings while focusing on operating in healthcare facilities. If you are planning to pursue doctoral studies, then this thesis track is the perfect choice to prepare you for your future dissertation, as you will complete a research course to prepare you for your final thesis defense.

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 hospital and hospice settings. You will receive language and interpretation skills that are taught in the core Master of Divinity courses.

As a chaplain, you will encounter people in dire need of counseling and guidance. Through this program, you will gain special knowledge in resiliency that will enable you to use the biblical model to teach and build resiliency in others. You will acquire fundamental leadership principles that will enable you to go into the community and minister to those in need.

As a healthcare chaplain, you might also encounter people who are suffering from grief, stress, or trauma. Whether they have lost a loved one, endured time in a war zone, or been involved in a physical attack, you will learn the methods and techniques that will allow you to offer comfort effectively. You will also learn how to adjust your counseling methods to the circumstances of the patient or family member. You can be assured that upon graduation you will have the training and confidence you need to be an effective force for good in the world.

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.

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Featured Courses

CHPL 645 – Chaplain Resilient Leaders

  • This course will examine in depth a biblical model for resiliency and resilient spiritual leadership for chaplains.
  • This course will introduce key characteristics and competencies, which allow chaplain leaders to be resilient and set the conditions for successful performance, to lead through inevitable crises along the way, and to help individuals and organizations rebound from downturns to a brighter future.
  • The course addresses how resilient leaders stand the test of time, avoiding burnout and establishing essential disciplines of replenishment.

CHPL 655 – Chaplain Evangelism & Discipleship

  • This course will focus on the biblical imperative of evangelism and various methods of witnessing in the pluralistic cultures in which chaplains serve.
  • Particular emphasis will be given to wisely sharing the Gospel in military, healthcare, and community settings.
  • Additionally, attention will be given to evangelism follow-up, discipleship, and scripture memorization.

CHPL 665 – Chaplain Crisis Counseling

  • This course is an examination of the theory and practice of crisis intervention and approaches to short term pastoral counseling
  • This course is focused on the ministry of chaplains.

CHPL 681 – Healthcare Chaplaincy

  • This course examines a biblical approach to theodicy, suffering, and redemption, demonstrating the foundation for evangelical ministry in a healthcare environment.
  • Attention is given to providing Christocentric spiritual care to patients and staff within pluralistic and secular settings.
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Master of Divinity – Healthcare Chaplaincy Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Master of Divinity – Healthcare Chaplaincy Graduates

  • Church Education Administrator
  • Military Chaplain
  • Hospice or Hospital Chaplain

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.
  • Take advantage of opportunities to use our state-of-the-art homiletics/teaching lab in our John W. Rawlings School of Divinity Freedom Tower.
  • Study under theologians and missionaries with real-world experience in the M.Div.’s web-based content developed by our 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 Freedom Tower’s 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 para-church ministries.

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: