MDiv Healthcare Chaplaincy Online Program (thesis)
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Years (Avg.)
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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 Spiritual Comfort and Pastoral Counseling to the Sick, Injured, or Dying with an M.Div. in Healthcare Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis)

Do you want to work with patients, families, nurses, and doctors in healthcare settings? Are you drawn to providing spiritual comfort, care, and counseling to those in 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 experience you need to provide counseling to those who are working through grief or anger or suffering from a terminal illness. You may also find yourself working with the family of patients and medical professionals working at the hospital.

Additionally, our M.Div. in Healthcare Chaplaincy provides broad-based biblical and theological training that is needed for a variety of environments. Through our M.Div. training, you will gain the knowledge and experience minister 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 (Non-Thesis) 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. The training you receive can be turned into practical wisdom as you have the opportunity for embedded ministry in the local church and parachurch organizations. As a graduate divinity student, you have the option to complete Monday-only night classes. This option provides more time for your studies, family, and career.

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 our campus. Our 17-story Freedom Tower was designed especially for divinity students and professors and comes equipped with a 7-projector immersive classroom and 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 (Non-Thesis) 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. 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.

As a chaplain, you will encounter people in dire need of counseling and guidance. Through this program, you will gain special training 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 encounter people who are suffering from grief, stress, or trauma. Whether they are suffering from bereavement, experiencing PTSD, or been involved in a physical attack, you will learn the methods and techniques that will allow you to offer comfort effectively. You can be assured that upon graduation you will have the training and confidence to make a positive impact in your career field.

If you are not planning to pursue doctoral studies, then this non-thesis track is the perfect choice to expand your knowledge for the roles you might fulfill as a healthcare chaplain. You will have an additional course in which you will explore the lives of great leaders throughout history. You will learn the traits, practices, and disciplines of those leaders and how they can best fit into the life of a Christian leader. You will also take a course on how to research, write, and prepare for ministry presentations.

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

Here’s what you’ll study:

  • 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

Here’s what you’ll study:

  • 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 681 – Healthcare Chaplaincy

Here’s what you’ll study:

  • 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.

LEAD 520 – The Life of Leaders

Here’s what you’ll study:

  • Explore the personal lives, traits, practices, and disciplines of leaders in various sectors of cultural history including religious leaders, political leaders, military leaders, and business leaders.
  • The process of interpreting leadership from a distinctively organizational perspective, as performed by great leaders, and applying these leadership lessons into an organic perspective of Christian leadership in ministry.
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Master of Divinity – Healthcare Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis) Degree Information

Career Opportunities for Master of Divinity – Healthcare Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis) Graduates

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

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 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 parachurch 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: