Be a Support and Spiritual Guide for Service Members and their Families with an M.Div. in Military Chaplaincy
Our brave service members, serving both here and abroad, have unique needs and concerns. They need spiritual leaders like you, who understand the special circumstances they endure, to provide godly wisdom and guidance. A military chaplain is a commissioned military officer. You can serve our men and women in uniform in many different areas, either in active duty or in reserve components. Liberty University’s Master of Divinity in Military Chaplaincy will prepare you for the mission of serving as a steward of the Gospel.
If you feel the calling for this rewarding career, Liberty University can prepare you by developing your ministry skills, paying special attention to the needs of our servicemen and women and their families. Military life is difficult. Individuals and their families often have to endure extreme hardships and prolonged terms of separation. A military chaplain can provide the spiritual and emotional support that service members and their families often need.
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.
Why Choose Liberty’s Master of Divinity – Military Chaplaincy Degree?
Liberty University’s military chaplaincy degree Trains Champions for Christ. We believe in providing the best education possible to the men and women providing spiritual guidance to our brave men and women in uniform. Our experienced professors have years of first-hand knowledge and training that they will impart through challenging and reward curriculum, classroom training and internships.
Our faculty and staff members will assist you in finding the needed endorsement from a religious body recognized by the Department of Defense. We have also partnered with local churches and para-church organizations to provide experiential training so that you graduate prepared to minister to service members, their families and those who work with military populations.
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 of bringing the Word of God to those in need and administering pastoral care to service members and families.
What Will You Learn in Our Master of Divinity in Military Chaplaincy Degree?
Our Master of Divinity in Military Chaplaincy will prepare you for the unique work of a chaplain’s occupational role. We focus on providing real-world experience and practical application methods so that when you begin your career, you can do so with confidence and authority. You will study the free exercise of religion and your role as a chaplain to defend this constitutional liberty. Additionally, you’ll explore the biblical principles behind servant leadership and spiritual leadership, traits that are required to be a successful military chaplain.
One of the primary roles of a military chaplain is to safeguard the warrior’s soul and spiritual development. As such, you will learn how to identify the opportunity’s that arise for you to offer spiritual guidance and advice to military leadership and service members alike. The pastoral care that you provide as a military chaplain will also be a primary focus of this specialization. In addition to the fundamental skills you need as a military chaplain, you will also be equipped to handle Combat-related PTSD cases that you encounter.
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.
CHPL 640 – Chaplain Leadership for Religious Freedom
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course is a comprehensive study of chaplain leadership as it pertains to providing for the free exercise of religion and defending that constitutional liberty.
- This study will evaluate the chaplain’s calling to servant leadership, examine biblical models of servant leadership, discern the internal and external dangers of chaplain leadership, and explore the unique opportunities and challenges chaplains face while seeking to provide spiritual ministry in secular and pluralistic settings.
- Special attention is given to the spiritual leadership traits necessary for successful chaplain ministry.
CHPL 655 – Chaplain Evangelism and Discipleship
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- 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 680 – Military Chaplaincy
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course examines the theological, historical, constitutional, and cultural basis for professional military chaplains, and addresses the chaplain’s opportunity to provide spiritual leadership, pastoral care, and advise commanders in order to best care for the warrior’s soul.
- Attention is given to scriptural and military mandates for chaplains to provide spiritual warrior care, spiritual leadership, and spiritual counsel to military leaders. Further, the skills, strategies, and character traits necessary for effective chaplain ministry within military pluralistic culture are explored.
CRIS 607 – PTSD and Combat-Related Trauma
Here’s what you’ll learn:
- This course will examine the causes, symptoms, and treatments of PTSD and Combat-related PTSD.
- It will take into account the latest research in the field and examine the affective, behavioral, cognitive and spiritual challenges faced by survivors.
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-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 – Military Chaplaincy Degree Information
Career Opportunities for Master of Divinity – Military Chaplaincy Graduates
- Fire/Police Chaplain
- Military Chaplain
- Prison Chaplain
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:
- Admission application
- Official bachelor’s degree transcripts with a 2.0 GPA or higher
- Self-certification form for students in the final term of their bachelor’s degree
- John W. Rawlings School of Divinity questionnaire
- Pastoral recommender contact information
- Current Liberty undergraduate students seeking preliminary acceptance into a graduate program must complete a Degree Application through their ASIST account