Master of Arts - Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care


The Master of Arts - Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care prepares you for certification as a chaplain. This unique vocation allows you to provide spiritual care in a variety of contexts, such as hospitals, prisons and workplaces. Your studies will include a strong foundation in biblical studies, theology and personal spiritual formation, along with specialized courses in spiritual care. The practicum provides valuable experience in the field.

Through a foundational education in biblical studies, theology and personal ministry formation, you will deepen your understanding of the gospel and how it can be lived out in all areas of life - at home, at work, in your community and church - helping you effectively serve where God has called you and confidently disciple others in their Christian faith.

*The Master of Arts - Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care contains 53 credit hours and can be done in two years of full-time study, or over several years of part-time study. This degree is granted conjointly by Trinity Western University and the seminary in which the student is enrolled.

Online, Live-Stream and Flexible Seminary Study Options

At ACTS Seminaries, we make your ministry education more accessible by offering a number of online, live-stream, modular and other flexible study options. Talk to us today to discover course options available to you.

Course Outline

Research and Writing
RES 502 - Research Strategies
MCS 810 - Graduating Project

Biblical Studies
BIB 505 - Biblical Interpretation
BIB 520 - Old Testament Foundations
BIB 540 - New Testament Foundations

Theological Studies
THS 571 - Theology I
THS 671/672 - Theology II or Theology III

Church History and Culture Studies
HIS 540 - History of Christianity I
HIS 541 - History of Christianity II (or Denominational History course)
THS 680 - Christianity and Culture

Leadership Formation
CLD 510 - Foundations of Christian Leadership
CHP 700 - Chaplaincy Practicum

Chaplaincy Major
CHP 630 - Biblical and Theological Foundations of Chaplaincy
CHP 631 - Foundational Theory and Practice of Spiritual Care
CHP 650 - Pastoral Crisis Response
MFT/PTH - Counselling Elective
CHP/PTH/THS ___ - Chaplaincy, Pastoral Ministry or Theology elective
CHP/PTH/THS ___ - Chaplaincy, Pastoral Ministry or Theology elective

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Areas of Study

There are no areas of study for this program.

ACTS Seminaries welcomes applicants who confess faith in Jesus, are members in or connected with a local church, and possess a desire for academic and spiritual growth within the ACTS Seminaries community. A bachelor degree degree from an accredited university or college is the standard academic prerequisite.

Step 1 - choose your degree program
Step 2 - fill out the online application form
Step 3 - submit your references and transcripts

The seminaries that constitute the Associated Canadian Theological Schools admit qualified women and men of any race, nationality or ethnic origin. Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee admission. ACTS may consider applicants who do not meet the minimum academic requirements, provided they can demonstrate the ability to succeed at the graduate level.

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