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Master of Ministry in Chaplaincy

Master of Ministry in Chaplaincy | M.M.C.

The Master of Ministry in Chaplaincy (M.M.C.) program is specifically designed to equip students to become faithful and effective ministers of the Gospel as chaplains. Students in this program can focus on the type of chaplaincy in which they wish to serve. Students have the option of completing a further 18 credits of study and earning the Master of Divinity degree.

Program Overview

Zero Student Debt

Our goal is for every student to graduate with no debt. Our donor-sponsored financial assistance makes that possible.
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$425 per Credit Hour
*Tuition cost is subject to change. Additional costs may apply.

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Total: $30,600


Required courses will be a combination of a dissertation, coursework, teaching, research
and a thesis.

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Total: 72 Credits

Expected Timeline

Our program is very flexible so completion time varies. On average, full-time students can finish in 4 years and part-time students can take up to 6 years.

Total: 4-6 Years

*Additional costs may apply. (Application fee, books, costs associated with researching and producing the independent projects or the final project or thesis, etc.) are also the responsibility of the participant.

Course of Study:

The Master of Ministry in Chaplaincy gives students the flexibility to prepare for chaplaincy in any context they are called to serve. Whether it be in hospitals, hospice, first responder departments or in the business world, ILT students are prepared to serve God’s people within their specific chaplaincy emphasis.

Course Requirements Credit Hours
A Total of 72 Credits from the Following Subjects:
Biblical Theology 15 Credits
Historical and Systematic Theology 18 Credits
Philosophical Theology and Theological Ethics 15 Credits
Pastoral Theology 24 Credits

*All work must be in the student’s field of study. 


Biblical Theology (15 Credits):

  • BT 511: Pentateuch and The Histories
  • BT 530: Wisdom and The Prophets
  • BT 561: The Gospels
  • BT 565: Epistles and the Formation of the New Testament
  • BT 566: Paul and His Legacy

Historical and Systematic Theology (18 Credits):

  • HST 501: History of Christian Thought I
  • HST 502: History of Christian Thought II
  • HST 506: History of Religion in North America
  • HST 555: Systematic Theology
  • HST 613: History of Christian Thought III
  • HST 655: The Lutheran Confessions

Philosophical Theology and Theological Ethics (15 Credits):

  • PTE 501: Faith, Knowledge, and Reason
  • PTE 510: Ethics in Lutheran Perspective
  • PTE 511: Bioethics
  • PTE 520: Theology and World Religions
  • PTE 521: Apologetics under the Cross

Pastoral Theology (24 Credits):

  • PT 501: Pastoral Care I
  • PT 502: Pastoral Counseling
  • PT 503: Pastoral Theology
  • PT 505: Christian Education in the Parish
  • PT 506: Ministering with Families
  • PT 511: Theology and the Practice of Worship
  • PT 521: Homiletics I
  • PT 522: Homiletics II
  • PT 523: Homiletics III
  • PT: Two One Credit Electives
  • PT 593: Chaplaincy Internship

Total: 72 Credits


Completing the Master of Divinity

Graduates of the M.M.C. program may earn a Master of Divinity degree by completing the following program:

Biblical Theology (3 Credits):

  • BT 600-699: Old Testament or New Testament Elective

Historical and Systematic Theology (9 Credits)

  • HST 601: Creation and the Triune God
  • HST 602: Christology
  • HST 603: Church, Spirit, and Two Kingdoms

Two courses chosen from the following (6 Credits): BT, PTE, HST or PT Electives

Additional Credits = 18
M.M.C. Credits = 72
Total Credits = 90

M.M.C. students may transfer at any time to either track of the Master of Divinity program.

After completing this program, students will be able to:

  • Articulate and evaluate issues of biblical interpretation, doctrine, and church history in order to distinguish God’s law and gospel in proclamation, teaching, and pastoral care.
  • Understand issues in philosophy and ethics within a pluralistic context from atheological perspective grounded in the centrality of Jesus Christ.
  • Articulate a theology of and demonstrate ability in the area of family ministry.
  • Gain chaplaincy experience in both military as well as civilian settings as outlined in the contextual education handbook and evaluate their own strengths and weakness, determining areas for future growth.
  • Analyze and synthesize theological formulations with a spirit of openness and mutual respect.
  • Completion of a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Completion of the online application for the Master of Ministry in Chaplaincy degree.
  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals such as pastor, employer, professor, or other professional relationship.
  • Official transcripts from all post-secondary institutions. Applicants are required to have their official transcripts sent directly to the Office of Admissions from all the institutions attended. Transcripts must demonstrate a minimum GPA of 2.50 on a 4.00-point scale or equivalent (applicants with a GPA of less than 2.50 may be admitted on Academic Probation.)
  • Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) that is not more than two years old. Normally, minimum acceptable scores for the TOEFL are 26 on the speaking section and 24 on the writing section. Minimum acceptable scores on the IELTS are 8 on the speaking section and 6.5 on the writing section. Please request that your score be sent to ILT. ILT’s DI Code for the TOEFL is 5745. More information concerning TOEFL can be accessed at the Education Testing Services website. Information regarding the IELTS can be found at their IELTS website.
  • Completion of the Theology and Ministry Questionnaire.
  • Pass the Bible Proficiency Exam with a score of at least 60%.
  • Copy of a letter of endorsement for military chaplaincy from an authorized church endorsing agent.
  • Proof that the student has been approved as a Chaplain Candidate by one of the branches of the armed forces.
  • Non-Refundable Application Fee
  • Copy of official photo ID.
  • An admissions interview with the Director of M.M.C. Program.

Practicum: Students preparing to serve in congregation ministry are required to participate in a practicum during the first 30 credits of their program. This practicum will consist of working with a pastor in a local congregation for 5-10 hours a week. Practicum students will meet with the practicum coordinator twice a month (or at least once a month) throughout each semester until they have earned 30 credits or more.

Internship: Students in the Master of Ministry in Chaplaincy program complete a specially designed chaplaincy internship, which focuses on the context in which they wish to serve.

Required Internship Experience:

    • Congregational ministry—preaching, pastoral care, parish education.
    • CPE—two units (24 weeks)

ILT will offer help in making a connection with appropriate CPE programs. Students are responsible for the cost of CPE training.


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