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3 years ~ Full-time enrollment of required credits per semester ~89 Credit Hours

The Master of Divinity Chaplaincy Concentrations are curricular specializations offered by Southwest to equip students who are exploring or have discerned a vocation to ministry in chaplaincy settings. In each concentration, students learn the pastoral skills that are most relevant to their future context.

Through the supportively challenging environment of the Seminary of the Southwest community, chaplaincy concentration students will be able to process questions as they learn the pastoral skills that are most relevant to their future context.

There are three Chaplaincy Concentrations:

  • Master of Divinity with a Military Chaplaincy Concentration
  • Master Divinity with a Health Care Chaplaincy Concentration
  • Master of Divinity with a School Chaplaincy Concentration

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 the growing incidence of moral injury, grief, and consumerism within various institutions.

Students in the concentrations take their required courses with their MDiv peers while using some of their elective courses to meet the concentration requirements. Students who complete a concentration graduate with a transcript that indicates completion of the Chaplaincy Studies Concentration in their particular area.


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.



Beth Jordan, Enrollment Manager
[email protected]

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