The D.Min. (Chaplaincy) is designed for those individuals with significant experience in one or more of the eight functional areas of chaplain ministry. This concentration advances your knowledge of current developments in chaplaincy, deepens your understanding of God’s call on your life, and enables you to attain higher levels of ministry competence. If you are serving in the armed forces, you may transfer in up to 6 semester hours from your chaplaincy training. 


This program will equip you to:

  • Analyze and address current developments and trends in chaplain ministry

  • Use innovative concepts, methods, and approaches in practicing a ministry of God’s presence in pluralistic settings

  • Contribute to the theory and practice of chaplain ministry in military, institutional, or organizational contexts.


Potential ministry opportunities for program graduates include:

  • Serving as a career chaplain in one or more ministry contexts

  • Providing strategic leadership for an organization that offers chaplain services

  • Leading a program that trains others in clinical pastoral education

  • Coordinating chaplain services as a student life professional

  • Teaching chaplain ministry in a higher education setting

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.

Featured Faculty: 
Steven A. Johnson
Assistant Professor of Ministry Care

B.A., Indiana University (chemistry & psychology); M.S., Indiana University (philosophy); M.A., Christian Theological Seminary (marriage & family therapy); Ph.D., Indiana University (philosophy); ScD, Babes-Bolyai University, Cluj, Romania (evidence-based psychotherapy)

A photo of Michael Langston, professor of Chaplain Ministries at CIU. Michael W. Langston
Professor of Chaplain Ministries

B.S., University of Louisiana; M.A., The Naval War College; M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; D. Min., Bethel Theological Seminary