Master of Arts Chaplaincy
The Master of Arts Chaplaincy is open to Latter-day Saint military and healthcare chaplain candidates endorsed by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Office of Military Relations and Chaplain Services. It is designed to provide advanced preparation for service as a military chaplain. Healthcare chaplain students can engage core chaplain program classes and draw from other departments on campus to fulfill their 90 hours. The core curriculum focuses primarily on the following areas of study: Religious Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrines of the Restoration, Armed Forces and healthcare Chaplaincy History, Christian Theology and History, World Religions or World Religions and Security/Area Analysis, Pastoral Counseling, Military Ministry, Professional Standards and Ethics and Clinical Pastoral Education. The degree provides the student with a sound historical, doctrinal, and methodological foundation. Chaplain candidates will conclude their program with a comprehensive oral exam, and a final project.
After graduation from the Master of Arts Chaplaincy program for those who are applying to Armed Forces to be accessioned as a military chaplain, chaplain candidates should pursue the following process:
1. Coordinate with your chaplain recruiter (Army, Airforce, Navy) who will guide you in the accessioning process for the United States Armed Forces Chaplaincy.
2. Coordinate with the endorser from the Office of Military Relations and Chaplain Services for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at 801-240-2286.
3. Endorsement and competitive selection can lead to a career as a military chaplain in the United States Armed Forces.
Those pursuing healthcare chaplaincy will need endorsement from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints headquarters and may seek employment competitively in their field (i.e., hospitals, care centers, prison systems or the Veteran’s Administration).