Master of Arts in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care

Deerfield, IL

A Master’s in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care provides you with the tools you need to be a front-line spiritual caretaker. Chaplains serve in hospitals, retirement homes, prisons, hospice facilities, fire and police services, sports organizations, and corporate settings. The Master’s in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care is a standalone degree that focuses on serving the local church or in public settings. Many of our graduates now serve in healthcare chaplaincy roles. The degree will emphasize direct, interpersonal communication, and face-to-face engagement with those seeking spiritual care. Trinity will equip you with the knowledge you need for professional chaplaincy and deepen your relationship with God through spiritual development. Answer the call to chaplaincy today.

Our chaplaincy program can complement other TEDS programs such as Master of Arts/Theological Studies, Master of Arts/Intercultural Studies, Master of Arts/Mental Health Counseling, or Master of Divinity. If you are seeking a military chaplaincy program, Trinity has a unique relationship with local military bases, including Naval Station Great Lakes Headquarters. Our faculty will work closely with you to coordinate the chaplaincy program with the Master of Divinity required by the military. The program’s curriculum will prepare you for your future vocation.


Course Title Credits
ID 5000 Biblical Theology and Interpretation 3 hours
ST 5201 Theology I: The God of the Gospel 3 hours
ST 5202 Theology II: The Gospel of God 3 hours
CO 6710 Counseling and Theological Worldview 3 hours


Course Title Credits
HM 6200 Theology and Methodology of Biblical Preaching 2 hours
PT 6300 Introduction to Chaplain Ministries 2 hours
PT 7250 Christian Worship and Pastoral Practices 3 hours


Course Title Credits
CM 5000 Introduction to Counseling Ministries 2 hours
CO 6000 Current Studies in Counseling (Couple’s Counseling) 1-3 hours
CO 5210 Counseling Skills Training 3 hours
CO 6130 Group Counseling 3 hours
CO 6650 Multicultural Issues in Counseling 3 hours
CO 6000 Current Studies in Counseling (Crisis Counseling) 1-3 hours


Formation Group

Course Title Credits
ID 5080 Formation Group (two semesters) 0 hours

Counseling Capstone

Course Title Credits
CM 7940 (Community-Based Clinical Pastoral Education)  –or–
CM 7478 (Fieldwork Project—permission required) 2 hours


Suggested Counseling Electives (4–5 hours)

Course Title Credits
CM 6000 Issues in Counseling Ministry 1–3 hours
CO 6120 Addiction Counseling 3 hours
CO 6530 Child and Adolescent Counseling 2–3 hours
Other applied Counseling courses

Suggested Non-Counseling Electives (6–7 hours)

Course Title Credits
ST 7200 Theological Ethics 3 hours
PR 5600 Christian Faith and Contemporary Challenges 2 hours
PT 5100 Spiritual Formation for Ministry 2 hours
EM 5510 Christian Formation & Journey 2 hours
Bioethics courses (BE)
Contemporary Culture courses (CC)

“Chaplaincy is a specialized ministry of increasing relevance in our religiously plural world. It involves taking words of hope and grace outside the boundaries of the church to those in crisis. There’s nothing like providing spiritual guidance and pastoral care to those who might otherwise never darken the door of our churches. Ministry in secular, pluralistic institutions presents a myriad of unique challenges, yet bringing pastoral care, compassion, and Christian presence to people in need makes it especially satisfying. The TEDS MA in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care looks to provide the equipping necessary to take up this powerful calling.”

Rev. John A. Carter

Learn From the Best

Trinity is a place where you will learn how to serve the church and how to academically engage the world around you. Throughout the year we host some of the brightest minds in modern academics allowing you to learn from experts in their field. Hear from faculty on why you should choose TEDS.


Trinity has been entrusted with the Gospel since 1897, and every day we are called to live with purpose. Our purpose as a divinity school is to know the Gospel, live the Gospel and make the Gospel known. In today’s ever-changing culture, Trinity immerses students in a community of biblical orthodoxy and practical living. The Trinity faculty is among the most widely published in evangelical academia and has deeply influenced the leaders shaping the present and future of evangelical Christianity across the globe.

“Life finds ways to remind us that our developmental journey is profoundly spiritual. Chaplains step in, as clergy to the public in a pluralist age, to dialogue and guide that journey. Chaplains who cherish a Gospel-centered orientation can realize a calling to fulfill this unique ministry. Our TEDS MA in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care offers perspectives, skills, and the theological grounding to do Chaplaincy well.”

Rev. Stephen P. Greggo


In addition to the requirements for general admission, you’ll need the following:

  • An undergraduate major that prepares you for the program.
  • An undergrad GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Scores from the Graduate Record Exam (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT) may be required if your GPA is less than 3.0 or if the Admissions Office requests them.

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