The Interfaith Chaplaincy track within the M.Div. degree is designed to meet the needs of those who wish to become scholar-practitioners in chaplaincy, educated according to the highest standards and eligible to seek professional certification by the Association of Professional Chaplains and other such agencies.
Given the frequency with which today’s chaplains are required to engage religious diversity interpersonally and programmatically, it is the purpose of this program to offer an education with two intertwining aspects: a lively and maturing engagement with one’s own tradition and a well-informed and caringly-embodied knowledge of religious diversity and interfaith encounter.
The Interfaith Chaplaincy track offers depth and breadth of preparation. Depth is established by the requirement that all students grow in knowledge of their own religious tradition and the tradition of others, as well as the history, theory, and practice of spiritual care and chaplaincy. Breadth is established through the program’s elective units, which students can use to prepare themselves according to the expectations of one’s own religious tradition and/or professional certification requirements.
Overall, the program seeks to offer a flexible structure that supports vocational and intellectual exploration and development, while encouraging student initiative and responsibility. The program prepares for the work of chaplaincy or for doctoral level work in spiritual care.
Students take courses in theological studies, interfaith and cultural competencies, spiritual formation, and chaplaincy/spiritual care. Clinical Pastoral Education is required.
This track cannot be completed in within the hybrid M.Div. program. However, students can meet the academic requirements for chaplaincy certification by completing the hybrid M.Div., Ministerial Leadership Track.
NOTE: Chaplaincy certification from the Association of Professional Chaplains generally requires an endorsement from your religious judicatory or denomination, often including either ordination or commissioning. Additional courses may be necessary in order to meet these requirements. Students should check with their own denomination/religious body to determine what other requirements may be needed.