Master of Arts in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care
The MCPC is a 72-hour degree designed for people interested in pastoral care in a variety of contexts. The common curriculum (4 courses) provides a biblical, theological, historical, and ethical foundation for pastoral ministry. Other required course work equips the student for general chaplaincy ministry in a variety of settings. Elective courses enable students to broaden and deepen their understanding of particular ministries in specified settings (e.g., hospice). The curriculum provides the requisite 72 credits
specified by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) for recognition as a Board Certified Chaplain (BCC). Students or prospective students seeking board certification by the APC should review carefully the information at http://www.professionalchaplains.org/ to learn
about additional requirements for certification.
MCPC PROGRAM GOALS
Through common courses in Biblical studies, history, theology and ethics and an in-depth study of issues in and approaches to chaplaincy, students will:
- Being: Display self-awareness, virtuous character,
spiritual depth, and relational maturity
- Knowing : Articulate the scriptural, theological, ethical, and pastoral foundations of ministry and how they inform the theory and practice of pastoral care and chaplaincy; integrate relevant perspectives from
the social sciences
- Doing: Use appropriately a range of practices and strategies, including significant resources of the Christian tradition in the practice of ministry; demonstrate pastoral sensitivity within religiously and culturally diverse ministry settings
Discerning students are encouraged to use the links provided below to schedule a visit or to speak directly with one of Southwest’s enrollment managers.
Britt James, Center Enrollment Manager