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Chaplaincy, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 24 months
University rank #984 (BCR) California, MD, United States
A specialized masters degree which prepares students wishing to pursue chaplaincy as a career. In addition to coursework, two units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) are also required. Our goal is to prepare chaplains who can model the teaching and healing ministry of Jesus Christ and who are trained at the highest level of professionalism, in preparation for board certification by APC.
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Loma Linda University’s MS in Chaplaincy program is a professional degree that prepares students for ministry as chaplains. It combines foundational theological knowledge with specialty training and clinical experience. It is a unique and comprehensive master’s degree which meets all requirements for employment as a chaplain at the associates’ level, as defined by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC).

Possible Careers: Graduates will meet the requirements for employment as a chaplain at the Associate Level, as defined by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Chaplains may choose careers in healthcare, the military, education, or the corrections system.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Theology of Human Suffering
  • Crisis Care and Counseling
  • Pastoral Theology and Methodology
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling
  • Care of the Dying and Bereaved
  • Liturgy, Homiletics, and Healing

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 24 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Undergraduate cumulative gpa - 3.0 minimum
  • PPI evaluation; visit for information and instructions
  • International: Internet-based TOEFL test score of 83 or higher (computer and paper-based tests vary)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    24924 USD/year
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  • National

    24924 USD/year
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Living costs for California

  • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
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