Professional Chaplaincy (M.Div.) - Military

Professional Chaplaincy (M.Div.) - Military

Important: This degree plan is effective for those starting this degree program in fall 2023 through summer 2024. This degree plan will remain in effect for students who do not break enrollment or who do not change degree programs, concentrations, or cognates.

Core Courses
APOL 525Pluralism and World Religions3
CHHI 510Survey of the History of Christianity3
CHPL 500Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry3
CHPL 598Spiritual and Professional Development of the Chaplain3
CHPL 615Chaplain Ethics for Advisement and Pastoral Care3
CHPL 655Chaplain Evangelism and Discipleship3
GLST 650Intercultural Communication3
HOMI 500Preparation of the Sermon3
or HOMI 601 Foundations of Expository Teaching and Preaching
LEAD 510Biblical Foundations of Leadership3
NBST 515New Testament Orientation I3
NBST 520New Testament Orientation II3
NBST 610Hermeneutics3
NGRK 505Greek Language Tools3
or NGRK 520 Beginning Greek I
OBST 515Old Testament Orientation I3
OBST 520Old Testament Orientation II3
OTCL 505Hebrew Language Tools3
or OTCL 520 Beginning Hebrew I
PACO 500Introduction to Pastoral Counseling3
PACO 603Premarital and Marital Counseling3
RTCH 500Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation3
THEO 525Systematic Theology I3
THEO 530Systematic Theology II3
Total Hours63
Military Concentration
CHPL 640Chaplain Leadership for Religious Freedom3
CHPL 645Chaplain Resilient Leaders3
CHPL 680Military Chaplaincy3
HOMI 605Expository Preaching3
HOMI 679Homiletics Capstone3
Choose 15 credit hours from the following courses:15
Mentoring for Clinical Pastoral Education Unit 1 1,2,3
Chaplaincy Internship 1,2
Clinical Pastoral Education Unit I 1,2,4
PTSD and Combat Related Trauma
Crisis Intervention in Pastoral Counseling
Theories and Techniques in Pastoral Counseling
Research Methods 5
Thesis Project Proposal and Research 2,5
Thesis Defense 2,5
Military Chaplaincy Elective 6
Military Chaplaincy Elective 6
Total Hours30

Student must enroll in either CHPL 621 Mentoring for Clinical Pastoral Education Unit 1 (3 c.h.), CPED 631 Clinical Pastoral Education Unit I (6 c.h.), or CHPL 699 Chaplaincy Internship (3 c.h.)


16 week A-term Course


This course is online only and requires acceptance into a local CPE Program


This course is only offered as a residential intensive


Students who desire to complete a thesis must complete RTCH 680 Research Methods (3 c.h.), THES 689 Thesis Project Proposal and Research (3 c.h.), and THES 690 Thesis Defense (3 c.h.)


Choose a 600 level NBST, NGRK, OBST, or OTCL course not already required by the degree

All applicable prerequisites must be met

Graduation Requirements

  • Complete 93 hours
  • A maximum of 50% of the program hours may be transferred if approved and allowable, including credit from an earned degree from Liberty University on the same academic level
  • A minimum of 72 credit hours must be comprised of graded online or residential coursework from an accredited post-secondary academic institution
  • 2.0 GPA
  • Degree must be completed within 10 years
  • Submission of Degree Completion Application must be completed within the last semester of a student’s anticipated graduation date

Program Offered in Resident & Online Format

Plan of Study Grid
First SemesterHours
NBST 515 New Testament Orientation I 3
RTCH 500 Research, Writing, and Ministry Preparation 3
CHPL 500 Introduction to Chaplaincy Ministry 3
NBST 520 New Testament Orientation II 3
Second Semester
CHPL 598 Spiritual and Professional Development of the Chaplain 3
OBST 515 Old Testament Orientation I 3
CHHI 510 Survey of the History of Christianity 3
OBST 520 Old Testament Orientation II 3
Third Semester
NBST 610 Hermeneutics 3
THEO 525 Systematic Theology I 3
CHPL 615 Chaplain Ethics for Advisement and Pastoral Care 3
THEO 530 Systematic Theology II 3
Fourth Semester
HOMI 500
Preparation of the Sermon
or Foundations of Expository Teaching and Preaching
NGRK 505
Greek Language Tools
or Beginning Greek I
CHPL 655 Chaplain Evangelism and Discipleship 3
OTCL 505
Hebrew Language Tools
or Beginning Hebrew I
Fifth Semester
APOL 525 Pluralism and World Religions 3
CHPL 640 Chaplain Leadership for Religious Freedom 3
HOMI 605 Expository Preaching 3
CHPL 680 Military Chaplaincy 3
Sixth Semester
Elective 1,2 3
HOMI 679 Homiletics Capstone 3
PACO 500 Introduction to Pastoral Counseling 3
CHPL 645 Chaplain Resilient Leaders 3
Seventh Semester
Elective 1,2 3
LEAD 510 Biblical Foundations of Leadership 3
GLST 650 Intercultural Communication 3
Elective 1 3
Eighth Semester
CHPL 621
Mentoring for Clinical Pastoral Education Unit 1 3
or Chaplaincy Internship
or Clinical Pastoral Education Unit I
PACO 603 Premarital and Marital Counseling 3
Elective 1,2 0-3
 Total Hours90-96

Choose from the following: CRIS 607, PACO 604, PACO 617, RTCH 680, THES 689, THES 690, or any 600 level NBST, NGRK, OBST, or OTCL course not already required in the degree (a maximum of 2 of the NBST, NGRK, OBST, and OTCL electives may be applied to the degree).


Students who desire to complete a Thesis must complete RTCH 680, THES 689, and THES 690.


Course is 16 weeks.

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