Master of Military Chaplaincy

General

Program Description

The Master of Military Chaplaincy program is specifically designed to equip students to become faithful and effective ministers of the gospel as chaplains in the armed forces of the United States.

The program fulfills all Department of Defense requirements, as well as those of most church body endorsing agents. ILT provides a mentor who guides and advises students through the chaplain candidacy process.

The 72-credit curriculum ensures that students can complete the program within the window of time provided by the chaplain candidacy process. Students have the option of completing a further 18 credits of study and earning the Master of Divinity degree. Students must be endorsed by a church endorsing agency and approved as Chaplain Candidates by the appropriate military board before being accepted into this program.

Chaplain Candidates are commissioned and serve in reserve or National Guard units part-time while attending classes. Students not yet endorsed or approved as Chaplain Candidates have the option of enrolling in ILT in the Master of Divinity program or as Open Studies students until they become Chaplain Candidates. The courses they take will count toward the M.M.C. degree.

Zero Student Debt

ILT, through the generosity of donors, supplies financial aid and tuition payment programs to assist students in the payment of tuition. ILT is committed to making an affordable education available to all who are accepted to any educational program. Because of this commitment, ILT students graduate with no debt.

Cost of Courses

Tuition is $405 per credit hour or $1,215 per 3-credit course. The tuition cost is subject to change. Additional costs (application fee, books, costs associated with the internship, and other applicable fees) are also the responsibility of the participant.

Courses to be Completed

The M.M.C. program requires 72 credit hours of study, the equivalent of three years of full-time coursework. In addition, students in the M.M.C. must complete a 12-month internship that is a combination of CPE, military, and civilian internship components. Students have the option of completing a further 18 credits of study and earning the Master of Divinity degree.

Total Timeline

The allowed time for the completion of the program is set by the US Department of Defense. The M.M.C. is specifically designed to fit within these requirements. Students can complete the M.M.C. program within the set time frame requirements.

The Program

The Master of Military Chaplaincy program is specifically designed to equip students to become faithful and effective ministers of the gospel as chaplains in the armed forces of the United States.  The program fulfills all Department of Defense requirements, as well as those of most church body endorsing agents. ILT provides a mentor who guides and advises students through the chaplain candidacy process. The 72-credit length ensures that students can complete the program within the window of time provided by the chaplain candidacy process.  Students have the option of completing a further 18 credits of study and earning the Master of Divinity degree. Students must be endorsed by a church endorsing agency and approved as Chaplain Candidates by the appropriate military board before being accepted into this program. Chaplain Candidates are commissioned and serve in reserve or National Guard units part-time while attending classes.  Students not yet endorsed or approved as Chaplain Candidates have the option of enrolling in ILT in the Master of Divinity program or as Open Studies students until they become Chaplain Candidates. The courses they take will count toward the M.M.C. degree.

Internship

Students in the Master of Military Chaplaincy program complete a specially designed chaplaincy internship, which includes both civilian and military ministry experience.  

  • Military internship
    • Serve as chaplain assistants during week-end drill, annual training, and at other opportunities when serving with their unit.
    • Participate in Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course (CHBOLC) (90-days)
    • Participate in Chaplain Annual Sustainment Training (CAST), Endorsers’ Annual Conference, etc.
  • Civilian internship
    • Congregational ministry—preaching, pastoral care, parish education.
    • CPE—one unit (12 weeks)

The chaplain under which the student works will supervise the military internship. The supervisor of the civilian internship will be the pastor of the congregation. ILT will offer help in making a connection with appropriate CPE programs.

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)

one course, chosen from the following:

  • BT 600-699 Old Testament or New Testament Elective

Historical and Systematic Theology (9 Credits)

  • HST 601 Creation and the Triune God (requires HST 613)
  • HST 602 Christology
  • HST 603 Church, Spirit, and Two Kingdoms

two courses, chosen from the following:

  • BT, EPR, HST or PT Electives (6 Credits)

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.

Residency

M.M.C. graduates who have accessioned as Chaplains can participate in ILT’s Residency Program for Chaplains while doing the coursework to complete the Master of Divinity degree. The residency consists of two years of congregational ministry with mentoring. The student chooses his or her mentor, subject to the approval of the ILT Director of Chaplaincy Education. The mentoring will deal with issues of self-care, time management, discernment (deciding between active duty or reserve, future military, and civilian education, navigating between the ecclesial and military contexts, etc.), and other issues.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this program, students will be able to:

  1. Know and draw the ministry of Word and Sacrament from the Holy Scriptures as centered in Jesus Christ.
  2. Learn, analyze, and assess the doctrine and history of the church and its teachers in order to distinguish God’s law and gospel in the proclamation, teaching, and pastoral care.
  3. Know how to analyze and assess the context of ministry within the military and civilian environments in order aptly to communicate the gospel in the proclamation, teaching, and pastoral care.
  4. Be able to minister with integrity, respect, and openness within a pluralistic context.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution.
  • Completion of the online application for the Master of Military 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 of 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 in the writing section. Minimum acceptable scores on the IELTS are 8 on the speaking section and 6.5 in 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: http://ets.org. Information regarding the IELTS can be found at https://www.ielts.org.
  • Completion of the Theology and Ministry Questionnaire.
  • Copy of a letter of endorsement for military chaplaincy from an authorized church endorsing agent.
  • Pass the Bible Proficiency Exam with a score of at least 60%.
  • Proof that the student has been approved as a Chaplain Candidate by one of the branches of the armed forces.
  • Application fee: $55 (non-refundable)
  • Copy of official photo ID.
  • An admissions interview with the Director of M.M.C. Program.
Last updated Jul 2020

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The Institute of Lutheran Theology is an accredited Lutheran seminary providing graduate, certificate, and lay level theological education through a fully integrated online campus. Faithful, fully-cre ... Read More

The Institute of Lutheran Theology is an accredited Lutheran seminary providing graduate, certificate, and lay level theological education through a fully integrated online campus. Faithful, fully-credentialed teachers lead students deeply into the Scriptures and the Christian tradition through a continual dialogue via live online video conferencing that replicates a traditional classroom. This grants students the opportunity to study at ILT without the inconvenience of relocating. Students immediately apply what they learn to their lives, communities, families, and congregations. Read less