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MA in Sports Chaplaincy

Students who are seeking a biblical program that prepares them to pursue careers in sports ministry might consider Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy program. Read on to find out more about this online master's degree.

Official Program Name:

Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy

School Offering Program:

Liberty University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students of Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy program must be willing to adhere to biblical principles in the service of their charges. Prayerfulness and leadership skills are also necessary. All applicants to Liberty University's graduate programs should have a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional admissions requirements.

Program Description:

Through courses in systematic theology and contemporary evangelism, the online Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy program at Liberty University is designed to prepare individuals to provide guidance and spiritual counseling to athletes and their families as well as coaching staff. Students will be instructed on the basic principles of sermon writing and interpretation. They could be able to learn to assess the functionality of relationships through the premarital and marital counseling course. The program also takes a look at world religions in relationship to Christian apologetics. Cognitive behavioral approaches to counseling are included in the curriculum.

Learning Format:


Program Length:

36 credits.

Financial Aid Available:

Eligible students could be able to receive financial aid in the forms of grants, loans, and scholarships. Contact Liberty University's financial aid office for more information.

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Required Courses for a Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy

There are 36 credits in Liberty University's Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy program. Five of the courses are core courses while three are professional development courses, and four are specialization courses. Degree program and course requirements are subject to change. Contact Liberty University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Core Courses (15 credit hours)

  • Pluralism and World Religions
  • Contemporary Evangelism
  • Hermeneutics
  • Systematic Theology I
  • Systematic Theology II

Professional Development Courses (9 credit hours)

  • Preparation of the Sermon
  • Introduction to Pastoral Counseling
  • Premarital and Marital Counseling

Sports Chaplaincy Cognate Courses (12 credit hours)

  • Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry
  • Spiritual and Professional Development of the Chaplain
  • Chaplain Ethics for Advisement and Pastoral Care
  • Sports Chaplaincy

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

Students who earn the credits necessary to complete Liberty University's Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy program could also choose to continue their education by seeking a doctoral degree - which could allow them to pursue research or academic opportunities. Advanced study might provide graduates with enhanced knowledge of biblical leadership principles and counseling techniques. Depending on the direction in which they want their careers to go, they might choose a terminal degree program such as:

  • Doctor of Ministry in Chaplaincy
  • Doctor of Education in Sports and Performance Psychology
  • Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology with a specialization in Sport Psychology

Career Paths:

Graduates of Liberty University's online Master of Arts in Sports Chaplaincy program might be able to apply their sports counseling training and experience to positions where they provide spiritual guidance, counseling, and mentorship to athletes. Their job search might take applicants to both secular and religious settings. Opportunities might include but are not limited to:

  • Sports ministry missionary
  • Church sports leader
  • Sports chaplain
  • Youth pastor
  • Sports ministry leader

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