Accelerate Your Path to Ministry with a Master of Arts in Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy program is for those who care about people—those who want to perform the pastoral, caregiver, emotional, and spiritual support roles of a chaplain. If that’s you, seeking to bring God’s presence to others in a corporate, institutional, or organizational context, the MA in Chaplaincy is the program for you.

What You'll Learn

  • 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

Program Length 

18 months, by taking one course at a time.

Why Study Chaplaincy at CIU?

  • Highly engaged, hands-on classes with students from all over the world
  • Caring, scholarly, and experienced faculty who are practitioners of the subjects they teach and who can provide both expert academic support and individualized spiritual guidance
  • Intentional integration of Bible knowledge, spiritual formation, and ministry skill development
  • Mentored field experience built into the curriculum
  • LOGOS Bible software is offered at no additional cost while attending CBS

Program Options that Fit Your Experience Level 

We offer two program tracks, one for students with no previous studies in Bible or theology, and one for students who have at least 30 semester hours of Bible, theology, or Church history.

Read the programs details to learn more. 

Locations Offered
On Campus
36 credit hours
Program Length
as few as 18 months

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)
  • A GPA of 2.5 or higher

Chaplaincy students come from a variety of professions and walks of life, seeking to care for and serve others for God’s glory. The degree teaches the professional and practical knowledge and skills you will need to minister effectively in any of the following roles:

  • Corporate chaplaincy
  • Healthcare chaplaincy
  • Public safety chaplaincy
  • Institutional chaplaincy
  • Sports chaplaincy
  • Educational chaplaincy
  • Disaster relief chaplaincy
See program details in the Academic Catalog.