Provide Guidance, Comfort, and Support to Service Members and Their Families with Liberty’s Master of Divinity in Military Chaplaincy
One out of every three service members has received some form of counseling in the past year. In addition to the intense physical and mental strain our service members endure, they also face spiritual dilemmas. As a military chaplain, you can be the spiritual leader they need, providing godly wisdom and guidance. A military chaplain is a commissioned military officer. You can serve our men and women in uniform in many different settings, either on active duty or in reserve components. Liberty University’s Master of Divinity in Military Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis) will prepare you for the mission of serving as a steward of the Gospel.
If you feel the calling to this rewarding career, Liberty University can prepare you by developing your ministry skills, paying special attention to the needs of our service men and women and their families. Military life is difficult. Individuals and their families often have to endure extreme hardships and prolonged terms of separation. As a military chaplain, you 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. To support our brave men and women in uniform, we provide the most well-rounded education possible to the men and women providing spiritual guidance to them. Our professors have years of ministry experience and can provide the training you need to better serve America’s best and brightest. We have also partnered with local churches and para-church organizations to provide experiential training.
During this degree program, our faculty and staff members will assist you in finding the endorsement you’ll need from a religious body recognized by the Department of Defense. 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.
What Will You Learn in Our Master of Divinity in Military Chaplaincy Degree?
Our Master of Divinity in Military Chaplaincy (Non-Thesis) will prepare you for the unique work of a chaplain’s occupational role while providing real-world experience and practical application methods so that you can begin your career with confidence and authority. You’ll explore the biblical principles behind servant leadership and spiritual leadership, traits that lead to successful ministries.
As a chaplain, you’ll need to be familiar with all forms of religion, so you will study the free exercise of religion and your role in defense of this constitutional liberty. You will also focus on fully exploring the traits, practices, and disciplines of great leaders throughout history.
One of your primary roles as a military chaplain is to safeguard warrior’s souls. As such, you will learn how to identify opportunities to offer spiritual guidance and advice to 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 the featured courses below for a preview of the dynamic M.Div. program we offer. 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.
- 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 given to wisely sharing the Gospel in military, healthcare, and community settings. Additionally, attention 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 to best care for the warrior’s soul.
- Attention given to scriptural and military mandates for chaplains to provide spiritual care, spiritual leadership, and spiritual counsel to military leaders. Further, the skills, strategies, and character traits necessary for effective chaplain ministry within a 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 effective, behavioral, cognitive and spiritual challenges faced by survivors.
Highlights of Our Master of Divinity Degree
- 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 our John W. Rawlings School of Divinity.
- Monday-only classes for masters’ programs allow students to complete large portions of their M.Div. degree by only attending class one day a week.
- 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.
- We provide experiential learning opportunities through church and para-church ministries.
Master of Divinity – Military Chaplaincy Degree Information
- 93 total credit hours
- Transfer in up to 50% of your credits
- This program falls under our John W. Rawlings School of Divinity
- View the Degree Completion Plan
- Find more information in our course catalog
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 graduation application through their ASIST account