Chaplain Education – Program Options
If you’re considering a career in chaplaincy, Shiloh University is ready to help you take the first step! Many rewarding chaplaincy careers are available in hospitals and hospices, the military, churches and mission-organizations, and even the corporate workplace. The path to becoming a chaplain varies depending on your goal, but in almost all cases, the educational requirement is the same – a Bachelor’s Degree (in any major) and a Master of Divinity degree.
Shiloh University is uniquely prepared to meet your educational needs for chaplaincy through industry-leading affordability and 100% online degree programs.
How Shiloh University prepares students for Chaplaincy
Bachelor’s Degree Opportunities
Shiloh University’s BA degree options uniquely prepare you for a career in chaplaincy:
- All Shiloh University degrees are 100% online with no residency requirements. Students pursue their education without having to uproot their lives or leave their ministries.
- Our BA degrees are over five times more affordable than the national average. At only $175 per credit, students are often able to complete their studies debt free.
- The BA in New Testament Studies accelerated Dual Degree Track allows students to cut their M.Div. in half by earning over 30 units of M.Div. work while completing their BA.
An industry-leading Master of Divinity
Shiloh University’s Master of Divinity degree provides professional and theological training to best equip you for ministry. Our M.Div. uniquely prepares you for a career in chaplaincy:
- The Program is 100% online with no residency requirements. Students pursue their education without having to uproot their lives or leaving their ministries.
- Courses in practical ministry are available including several in spiritual counsel.
- The M.Div. is an industry leader in affordability. At only $200 per credit, students are often able to complete their studies debt free.
- The Curriculum concentrates on biblical truths without emphasizing any particular doctrinal stance. Students are encouraged to learn from and respect the perspective of those with varied backgrounds. This openness to diversity in ministry is a key requirement for many chaplaincy careers.
- Students’ Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) will count for various M.Div. course requirements.
See the Master of Divinity page for more information.
Shiloh University is a proud seminary member of the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education. Check out their directory of accredited educational centers to find a place to complete your CPE requirements (which may be transferrable for Shiloh University degree requirements).
If you are interested in becoming a chaplain in the U.S. Armed Forces, here are a few things you should know:
Our BA programs and Master of Divinity meet the educational requirements for the United States Army and Air Force (Both Chaplain Corps and Chaplain Candidate Programs). Those interested should contact a military recruiter to find out about the non-educational requirements for Chaplains.
The Navy, Marines, and Coast Guard currently require a Master of Divinity that is at least 2/3 completed in residence. The University only offers 100% online programs, so those interested in chaplaincy for any of these branches will need to pursue their Master of Divinity elsewhere. However, the University’s BA programs do meet the undergraduate educational requirement.
In all cases there are additional requirements for chaplain candidates including 2 years of full time religious leadership experience and ecclesiastical endorsement (ordination or similar). Shiloh University does not provide job placement or any form of ministry endorsement (ordination or otherwise).