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3 years ~ Full-time ~ 72 Credit Hours

The Master of Divinity Chaplaincy Concentration is a curricular specialization offered by Southwest to equip students who are exploring or have discerned a vocation to ministry in chaplaincy settings. In this concentration, students learn the skills needed to prepare them for their future context.

The Chaplaincy Concentration prepares students for three vocational paths:

  • Military Chaplaincy
  • Health Care Chaplaincy
  • School Chaplaincy

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Chaplaincy concentration students will be able to:

  • Integrate their primary identity as a minister of the church with their secondary identity as a servant of God’s mission in the context of military, healthcare, or school settings
  • Offer guidance and leadership regarding ethical questions that arise in the institutions they are called to serve
  • Provide spiritual support for those experiencing trauma in various institutional contexts.

Students in the concentration take their required courses with their MDiv peers while using some of their electives to take courses in the counseling department on topics such as crisis, trauma, social and cultural diversity, family systems, and human development. Students will be placed in field education sites relevant to their chaplaincy interests—including hospitals, local Episcopal schools, and congregations with significant veteran, reservist, or active duty members. Students who complete the Chaplaincy Concentration will have the concentration listed on their transcript. Chaplain.

Learn more in our course catalog.

Click here to learn more about the Military Chaplaincy focus

Students interested in the Chaplaincy Concentration are encouraged to use the links provided below to schedule a visit or to speak directly with one of Southwest’s enrollment managers.



Beth Jordan, Enrollment Manager
[email protected]

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