Chaplaincy Ministries Certificate

The Certificate in Chaplaincy Ministries requires the completion of 12 credit hours. It provides a specialized introduction to the diverse types and nature of chaplaincy ministry and on-site participation in chaplaincy ministry.

Admission to the Certificate in Chaplaincy Ministries program is limited to students either currently enrolled in the Master of Divinity Degree Program, or have already earned an MDiv, or its equivalent. Denominational endorsement for Chaplaincy service requires theological education commensurate for the ministry context. Completion of this Certificate does not constitute ecclesiastical endorsement for chaplaincy.

The Certificate in Chaplaincy requires the completion of 12 credit hours including:

  • PTH580 Introduction to Chaplaincy (3 hrs)
  • PTH670 Counseling for Grief and Loss (3 hrs)
  • PTH781 Clinical Pastoral Education (Basic) (6 hrs)


Financial assistance from the Spencer-Lee Memorial Scholarship Fund is available to students who plan to minister as full-time hospital, institutional, or military chaplains.  Students must complete a scholarship application found at by the appropriate deadlines and mark the ‘chaplaincy’ interest on the application. Students should also inform the NTS registrar of their intent to pursue chaplaincy ministries upon registration for classes. Questions about receiving financial assistance at NTS from this fund can be obtained from the NTS Financial Aid Office.