Master of Arts in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care (MCPC)

The Master of Arts in Chaplaincy and Pastoral Care is a 72-hour degree designed for people interested in pastoral care in a variety of contexts.  The core curriculum (five courses) provides a biblical, theological, historical, contextual 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. The MCPC does not include Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE).  

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 achieve formation and integration in three areas:

Being-Character Objectives:

  • achieve self-awareness and develop habits of reflection that will inform and sustain personal and professional development.

Knowing-Content Objectives:

  • articulate the Scriptural and theological foundations of ministry and how they inform the theory and practice of pastoral care and chaplaincy
  • identify the pastoral and spiritual dimensions in various ministry settings within a religiously plural and culturally diverse society
  • integrate relevant perspectives from the social sciences

Doing-Practical Objectives:

  • become familiar with a range of pastoral practices and strategies, including significant resources of the Christian tradition, and demonstrate facility with them in the practice of ministry


Related professional organizations:

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education

Association of Professional Chaplains