Chaplaincy, Graduate Certificate

Ministering in times of need

During trying times, many people become more receptive to spiritual help as they seek answers to some of life’s biggest questions. When faced with traumatic circumstances, the end of a loved one’s life, work-related problems, or even everyday difficulties, people need answers and guidance from the only place they can be found—God’s Word. In your role as a chaplain, you will be presented with an abundance of opportunities to share the hope of the gospel with the lost and to disciple and encourage believers. The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy provides continuing education for those who serve or hope to serve as chaplains in the military, emergency services, and medical areas of public life. The training in this program will enhance your ability to exercise leadership, counsel individuals under stress, and effectively communicate God’s truth in a variety of circumstances.

Students take 15 credits of master’s level coursework that will prepare them for the specialized ministry that is needed in public service. Course content includes training in addictions, post-traumatic stress syndrome, marriage issues, conflict management, communication, and ethics and legal issues that chaplains are likely to encounter. All courses taken in this program can be applied to a Master of Divinity with a concentration in Military Chaplaincy. Like all of our programs, this certificate is available in a variety of course formats, all of which are highlighted below. Students need only have a bachelor’s degree with a 2.0 GPA to enroll in a graduate certificate program at BJU Seminary.

Chaplaincy program (15 credits)

Each student will be able to:

  • Define and apply principles of Christian leadership
  • Apply counseling principles to both everyday life and difficult situations

You will be prepared for:

  • Military chaplaincy
  • Emergency services chaplaincy (law enforcement, fire departments, EMS)
  • Health Services chaplaincy (hospitals, hospice)
  • Prison ministry

Residential courses extend over the fall and spring semesters with a two-week break in the middle of each semester. To make them available for distance students, many of these will be live-streamed.

Residential, module, and evening flex classes are occasionally live-streamed, making it possible for students to join a classroom from anywhere in the world, being able to interact live with the class.

Online courses allow the convenience of working in an asynchronous program, meaning students do not typically meet at prescribed times; rather, most tasks take place on a week-by-week basis for the entire seven-week period. Some online courses, such as Greek and Hebrew, are covered over fourteen weeks.

Module weeks are offered twice during the Fall, Spring, and summer terms. Each module contains a one-week residency, preceded and followed by six-weeks of distant course work. The one-week in residence is often offered through live-stream as well.

Students with day jobs can take classes on Monday and/or Thursday evening. Five credits of class can be possible on both Monday and Thursday evenings, with two-credit classes meeting for one hour and three-credit classes meeting for two hours. Many of the classes will be live-streamed as well.