Certificate in Basic Chaplaincy


The Certificate in Basic Chaplaincy offers students an introduction to the fundamentals of what it means to be a chaplain, as well as the varied roles and levels of trained chaplaincy work. Students will explore effective ways to communicate with people of varied spiritual, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds, and complete a supervised Field Experience in a current chaplaincy setting.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this certificate, students will be equipped to:

  1. Articulate the essential duties of chaplain as provider, facilitator, caregiver, and advisor.
  2. Discuss new insights into chaplaincy concepts, theories, and methods.
  3. Identify causes of stress and how they impact the body psychologically, physiologically, and spiritually.
  4. Evaluate cultural and gender implications of stress.
  5. Articulate the physical, psychological, spiritual, and cultural impacts of grief and loss. 
  6. Actively reflect on the holistic approach to helping those impacted by grief and loss.
  7. Discuss an individual sense of identity in Jesus Christ, active engagement with the Holy Spirit, and a sense of purpose in God’s greater plan.
  8. Communicate effectively and empathetically with people from a variety of spiritual and cultural worldviews, particularly in the practice of discipling others.

Admission Requirements

An online application must be submitted and accepted before a student begins their first course. All courses in the Basic Chaplaincy Certificate must be completed or approved through the Adult Degree Program.

Transfer Credit

Transfer credit may be considered on a case-by-case basis after an application has been submitted.

Certificate Requirements

Complete the following:

Not all courses are offered every year. The certificate is successfully finished when all certificate courses are completed with grades of C- or better and a certificate GPA of 2.0 or above.


Students must complete 6 credits of MGOL 275: Field Experience.

This course introduces students to what chaplaincy is and is not, the various organizations that utilize chaplains, and how chaplains of different worldviews interact with those who call on them. Students will be introduced to concepts and techniques that successful chaplains use as providers, facilitators, caregivers, and advisors.
This course will examine the physical, psychological, spiritual, and cultural impacts of grief and loss as a human experience. Throughout the course, students will discuss a holistic approach to understanding the many aspects of grief, loss, bereavement, and healing. Students will also explore strategies and skills to respond to grief and loss.
In this course, students will explore the orthodoxy (right thinking), orthopraxy (right behaviors), and orthopathy (right feelings) of spiritual formation, asking such essential questions as, “Who am I?”, “How do I view God?”, and “How does my faith impact how I engage with those around me?” As students consider effective ways to articulate and communicate a deepening relationship with God, they will also explore specific spiritual practices and the art of discipling others within a faith community.
This course incorporates a theoretical and experiential exploration of the causes and effects of stress physiologically and psychologically. Students will be introduced to physical, mental, and spiritual techniques to reduce stress and increase relaxation.
Supervised experiences in businesses, nonprofit organizations, and public agencies.