M.Div. in Chaplaincy

The M.Div. (Chaplaincy) provides you with a comprehensive range of biblical-theological knowledge and practical skills for ministry leadership, along with specialized skills to perform the pastoral, caregiver, emotional, and spiritual roles of a chaplain. It prepares you to serve as a chaplain in a military, institutional, or organizational context.


This program will equip you to:

  • Apply the biblical, theological, and doxological aspects of chaplaincy in pluralistic settings
  • Practice a ministry of God’s presence internally and be a bearer of God’s presence to others
  • Practice biblical leadership and ministry skills that display God’s presence
  • Develop evangelistic strategies for bringing others to Christ in pluralistic settings
  • Care for the emotional and spiritual needs of others

Review our course requirements and begin the application process.

Career and Ministry Opportunities for Chaplaincy Graduates

Potential ministry opportunities for program graduates include:

  • Health care chaplain
  • Corporate chaplain
  • Public safety chaplain
  • Correctional chaplain
  • Sports chaplain

M.Div. in Chaplaincy Admission Requirements

  • Completed application
  • $25 application fee
  • Official transcripts for highest earned degree and any master’s degree work
  • Church leader reference
  • Application Essay (800 words total, typed)
  • Minimum cumulative 2.5 GPA

Degree Program Faculty

Steve 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 (philos


Photo of Michael W. Langston, Professor of Chaplain Ministries at Columbia International University's Columbia Biblical Seminary

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.


A photo of Rhonda Pruitt, a professor at CIU.

Rhonda Pruitt

Professor of Missionary Care

B.S., Holmes College of the Bible; M.A.C.E., Columbia International University; M.Ed., Regent University



Andre Rogers, Professor of Church Ministry at CIU

Andre Rogers

Professor of Church Ministry

B.A., D.Min., Columbia International University; Th.M., Dallas Theological Seminary


Shirl Schiffman

Shirl Schiffman

Professor Emeritus of Ministry Studies

Certificate in Biblical Studies, Columbia International University; B.A., M.S., Ph.D., Florida State University   


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36 months