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MDiv in Chaplain Ministry

Regent University offers a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Chaplain Ministry for students who are interested in pursuing a career in ministering in nontraditional settings. Learn more about Regent's chaplain ministry program here.

Official Program Name:

Master of Divinity with a concentration in Chaplain Ministry

School Offering Program:

Regent University

Degree Level:


Program Prerequisites:

Prospective students with strong moral character, a deep spiritual walk, and a willingness to serve should be a good fit for this Master of Divinity - Chaplain Ministry program. Regent also asks candidates to accept its Statement of Faith. Every applicant to a graduate program at Regent University should have at least a bachelor's degree; some programs may have additional requirements.

Program Description:

Students enrolled in the Master of Divinity with a concentration in Chaplain Ministry program at Regent University have the chance to learn what it takes to serve full-time as a chaplain in military, corporate, and healthcare settings. The curriculum is designed to give students a foundation in Church history, Bible interpretation, and ministerial philosophy. Coursework centers on chaplain ministry methodologies, ministering to military members, and counseling. And, since chaplains work in nontraditional settings, there's an emphasis on practical ministering skills like leading Bible studies and communicating with people of all walks of life.

Learning Format:

Online and on campus

Program Length:

72 credits.

Financial Aid:

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

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Required Courses for the Master of Divinity with a concentration in Chaplain Ministry:

Students must complete 72 credit hours to graduate from this divinity program. It's available fully online, but there are aspects of the program students can choose to take on campus. Contact Regent University to confirm the most accurate information before enrolling in a program.

Required Core Courses (42 credits)

  • Biblical Hermeneutics
  • New Testament
  • Old Testament
  • Unity Of The Bible
  • Pauline Theology
  • Church History 1
  • Church History 2
  • Foundation For Biblical Mission
  • Coming Of World Christianity
  • Leadership In Church & Ministry
  • Preparation Of Biblical Messages
  • Spiritual Formation Foundations
  • Christian Theology
  • Pneumatology

Biblical Languages Courses (6 credits)

  • Students choose 6 credits from the following courses:
    • Introduction to Biblical Languages
    • Biblical Hebrew 1
    • Biblical Hebrew 2
    • Biblical Greek 1
    • Biblical Greek 2

Concentration Courses (18 credits)

  • Introduction to Chaplaincy
  • Chaplain Ministry Methodologies
  • Chaplaincy in Institutional Environments
  • Chaplaincy in Crisis Situations
  • Christian Ethics
  • Students choose one from the following courses:
    • Pastoral Care, Counseling, & Conflict
    • Military Chaplaincy
    • Functional Areas of Chaplaincy

Capstone Courses (6 credits)

  • Students choose one of these capstone options:
    • Clinical Pastoral Education
    • Preparing a Master's Thesis AND Master's Thesis
    • Spiritual Formation Internship AND Spiritual & Vocational Integration

Post-Graduation Opportunities

Furthering Your Education:

For students who wish to continue their studies at the next level, a doctoral degree might be the way to go. At the doctoral degree level, students might find a deeper exploration of themes like theology, Christian leadership, and ministry as they prepare for advanced ministry or leadership positions. Some potential doctoral degrees that graduates might consider include:

  • Doctor of Ministry
  • Ph.D. in Renewal Theology
  • Ph.D. in Organizational Leadership - Ecclesial Leadership

Career Paths:

After completing all of this program's coursework in ministry leadership and chaplaincy methodologies, students could start pursuing a position in chaplaincy. These positions would typically be in nontraditional settings like prisons, military bases, corporations and more. These roles might be a good fit for graduates of the Master of Divinity with a concentration in Chaplain Ministry:

  • Hospital chaplain
  • Sports team chaplain
  • Military chaplain
  • Christian educator

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