The Chaplaincy Degree programs provide students with the skill set and knowledge to serve as a chaplain to individuals seeking religious guidance and faith instruction.  A chaplain serves as a companion upon one’s path, a guide in the midst of a storm, a fellow traveler, and a person who listens.  They help to find spiritual outcomes by providing interventions for humans with spiritual and theological needs.  They work in places of pain and storm, where suffering is often the constant.  Some of those humans that they assist might be: homeless, inmates, prisoners, poor, suffering, patients, residents, alcoholics, drug addicts, prostitutes, refugees, the downtrodden, the disenfranchised, and the hopeless.  This series of degrees helps people to develop skills in this very specialized area of helping people.

The Chaplaincy Degree programs provide students with the skill set and knowledge to serve as a chaplain in a variety of settings including health care, the military, first response, business, corrections, and the community. 

The Chaplaincy program Mastery is based on two documents prepared by panels of  international interdisciplinary experts.  The Quality Indicators outline the competencies and metrics to ensure that professional chaplaincy care is provided, the metrics that indicate such care is present, and evidence-based tools to measure that quality.    The Scope of Practice includes 18 indicators which create the set of competencies required of professional chaplains.   By academic study, critical thinking, research, and completion of clinical work, students will have the foundation to enter professional chaplaincy and/or increase their current level of chaplaincy care.

Chaplaincy Program Learning Outcomes: 

Student will demonstrate:

  • Mastery of the body of knowledge in the field of professional chaplaincy, including the related cultural, technological, ethical, and professional competencies.

  • Skills of critical thinking and analysis.

  • Both oral and written communication skills, including the academic and technical writing skills appropriate to the field of professional chaplaincy.

  • Knowledge, skills and dispositions associated with effective collaboration with peers, colleagues and communities.

  • Knowledge and skills, and dispositions associated with equity and diversity as these apply to effective practice in the field of professional chaplaincy.

  • Knowledge and skills of leadership and advocacy as these apply to the field of professional chaplaincy.

  • Knowledge and skills related to the organization, implementation, interpretation and analysis of research appropriate to the field of professional chaplaincy.

  • Knowledge, skills and dispositions of critical inquiry and reflective practice.

 

Course Modality:  Asynchronous online

 

Graduate Degrees in Chaplaincy

Master of Theology Degree in Chaplaincy (M. Th. CHAP)

The Master of Theology Degree (M.Th.) in Chaplaincy (CHAP) program is designed for those who have already had some experience in the art of Chaplaincy.  These are people who feel called to provide chaplaincy to others who are seeking unity and spiritual understanding.   


Doctor of Theology Degree in Chaplaincy (D. Th. CHAP)

The Doctor of Theology Degree (D.Th.) in Chaplaincy (CHAP) program is designed for those who have already had some experience in the art of Chaplaincy.  These are people who feel called to provide chaplaincy to others who are seeking unity and spiritual understanding.   

 

Doctor of Chaplaincy Degree in Certified Clinical Chaplaincy (Ch. D. CCC)

The Doctor of Chaplaincy program is designed for those who have already had significant experience in the art of chaplaincy. It implies that they have been working in the field with a Masters of Theology Degree in Chaplaincy or a similar degree.  These are people who feel called to provide spiritual guidance to others at the highest potential for those who are seeking unity and spiritual understanding.

The student who is pursuing the Doctor of Chaplaincy Degree in Certified Clinical Chaplaincy is most likely one who wants to take their Chaplaincy skills to the highest level.  They are seeking Board Certification through one of the national certifying groups, or they may be seeking to become a supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education in one of the national groups that offer it. 

Doctor of Chaplaincy Degree in Certified Psychophysiology Chaplaincy (Ch.D. CPPC)

The Doctor of Chaplaincy (Ch.D.) (CPPC) program is designed for those who have already had significant experience in the art of chaplaincy. It implies that they have been working in the field with a Master of Theology Degree in Chaplaincy or a similar degree. These are people who feel called to provide spiritual guidance to others at the highest potential for those who are seeking unity and spiritual understanding.

The student who is pursuing the Doctor of Chaplaincy Degree in Certified Pastoral Psychophysiological Chaplaincy is most likely one who wants to take their Chaplaincy skills to the highest level. They are seeking Board Certification through one of the national certifying groups, or they may be seeking to become a supervisor of Clinical Pastoral Education in one of the national groups that offer it.

 

The Ch.D. CPPC program is focused on an interfaith, interdenominational, inter-spiritual, intercommunity, interreligious, dialogical approach to Chaplaincy, providing a pathway for personal and inter-spiritual growth. Students study religious and faith culture, theology, psychophysiology and ethics through an inclusive and progressive spiritual lens. He or she will develop knowledge, skills and a multicultural understanding of individuals who are traveling a spiritual path, as well as finding meaning in worship, fellowship, and personal spiritual enrichment through study and partnership with fellow students. Along the way there will be a great amount of self-discovery.

 

The Ch.D. CPPC program content is driven by self-discovery, finding one’s own path, and nurturing contemplation. The content may include: General Biofeedback, Genogram & Birth Order & Family Systems, Mental Illness and Spiritual Care, Anatomy & Physiology, Neuropsychophysiology, and Theological Worlds. It may also include: Chaplaincy in Healthcare, Interfaith Chaplaincy, Use of self in Chaplaincy, History of Chaplaincy, Chaplaincy in Prisons, Chaplaincy in Fire & Police, Industrial Chaplaincy, and Chaplaincy from a Holistic Perspective.

 

Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE)

Students looking for additional chaplaincy training may choose to earn Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units. Visit the our CPE Learning Center website or the Institute for Clinical Pastoral Training (ICPT) to learn more.