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Master of Divinity (Chaplaincy)


Become an effective chaplain as you gain specialized skills to perform various pastoral, caregiver, emotional and spiritual roles. Discover how to meet the needs of people as a chaplain in a military, institutional, or organizational context.

Available Formats:

TraditionalOffered in a traditional format on our Columbia campus.
HybridCombines intensive courses in Columbia, Atlanta, or Korntal, Germany with online courses making it possible for you to complete your program without relocating.

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You'll make an impact in one of eight primary areas of chaplaincy

Corporate Chaplaincy
Corporate chaplains are comforters, pastors, teachers, and counselors demonstrating God’s grace and love at manufacturing plants, recreation areas, business offices, corporation headquarters, and in community settings.

Military Chaplaincy
Military chaplains provide military personnel and their families with religious programs, pastoral care and counseling. They also advise military commanders on the tenants and practices of religions and their impact on a culture.

Healthcare Chaplaincy
Healthcare chaplains serve in an environment of sickness, pain, birth and death, ministering to the mind, body, and spirit of those in need.

Public Safety Chaplaincy
Public safety chaplains demonstrate God’s grace and love to law enforcement, fire department and emergency services personnel, as well as the public, often in traumatic situations.

Institutional Chaplaincy
Institutional chaplains bring the presence of God to a variety of organizations and situations from prisons to airport chapels to roadside ministries for truckers.

Sports Chaplaincy
Sports chaplains minister to professional athletes and their families as well as provide pastoral care to the executives and employees of sports organizations.

Educational Chaplaincy
Educational chaplains respond to the spiritual needs of teachers, administrators and support staff at all levels, from elementary school to higher education.

Disaster Relief Chaplaincy
Disaster relief chaplains are often members of denominational disaster relief teams, mobilized to respond to local, state and national emergencies and crises.

Featured Faculty: 
Michael Langston Michael W. Langston
Professor of Chaplain Ministries

B.S., University of Louisiana; M.A., The Naval War College; M.Div., Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary; D. Min., Bethel Theological Seminary