M.A. Chaplaincy


Program Purpose

The Master of Arts Chaplaincy is designed to equip the student with a practical and theological framework for ministry in the contemporary chaplaincy context. Students will do this by developing extensive knowledge and critical understanding of this field, developing an understanding of service, specialized ministry, and pastoral counseling from the initial foundation of the curriculum.

This program will also enable the student to evaluate complex ethical issues in contemporary society, along with matters related to spiritual, community, and social needs related to this particular demonstration of the mission of Christ.

Program Objectives

Upon completing the M.A. Chaplaincy, students will be able to:

  • Apply Biblical principles of service to the contemporary ministry contexts.
  • Evaluate and respond to cultural phenomena in light of Scriptural values.
  • Formulate relevant ministry strategies for local organizations.
  • Establish a system of ongoing evaluation of service organizations.

Program Distinctives

  • Quality education that engages with its context, reflects of theology, and rethinks paradigms.
  • Rigorous courses offered in 4 one-week sessions per year.
  • Two CPE (clinical pastoral education) unites, or a 240-hour internship.
  • Convenient, economical, and innovative program that accommodates people with a busy schedule.
  • Emphasis on spiritual formation and personal development.
  • Highly qualified and experienced faculty.
  • Enhanced library services with capability to access theological databases from anywhere.

Program Structure

The M.A. (Chaplaincy) is a 48 credit program and you can complete in as little as two years, with an additional requirement Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) or internship requirement.

There are thirteen courses of three credits each and a thesis of nine credits. The internship/CPE component comprises six of these credits.

Complete the Program in two Years

  • Year One: Complete seven courses over four residential sessions.
  • Year Two: Complete five courses over four residential sessions and one course by distance education while beginning work on the thesis. Students who anticipate completing the thesis during the second year can apply to participate in Graduation Ceremonies.

Need more flexibility? Students can utilize an additional six months for the completion of their thesis and a total of 6 years to complete the entire program. If a student takes longer than 6 years to complete their major, they will need to reapply to the program.

What is a Residential Session?

The Residential Sessions of the M.A. (Chaplaincy) at Trinity are four sessions of four days each per year. Typically they will begin on a Monday evening with a shared supper and a forum. The program will run full day Tuesday – Thursday and finish by lunch time on Friday. The dates for the sessions are scheduled at least two years in advance for your long-term planning.

Access to the Internet is required for participation in the program.

On-Campus Dates

2020-2021 School Year

  1. August 24-28, 2020
  2. November 16-20, 2020
  3. February 22-26, 2021
  4. April 26-28, 2021