3 years – Evenings and weekends – Full-time enrollment, 12 hours per semester
72 Credit Hours – Part-time options available
The Master of Arts in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care at the seminary’s Loise Henderson Wessendorff Center for Christian Ministry and Vocation is a 72-hour degree designed for people interested in pastoral care in a variety of contexts. The core curriculum (4 courses) provides a biblical, theological, historical, and ethical foundation for pastoral ministry. Other required coursework 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, VA hospitals, prisons, workplaces, disaster relief). 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 the Association of Professional Chaplains to learn about additional requirements for certification.
Prior to being awarded the degree, a candidate must fully discharge all financial obligations to the seminary and all requirements should be completed within six years from the date of entry into the program.
MCPC Program Goals
Through core courses in Biblical studies, history, theology and ethics and an in-depth study of issues in and approaches to chaplaincy, students will:
Being – Character Objectives:
- display self-awareness, virtuous character, spiritual depth, and relational maturity
Knowing – Content Objectives:
- articulate the scriptural, theological, ethical, historical, 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 – Practical Objectives:
- 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
Britt James, Center Enrollment Manager