Program Description

The MS in Chaplaincy program is a professional degree that prepares students for ministry as chaplains. It combines foundational theological knowledge with specialty training and clinical experience. It is a unique and comprehensive master’s degree which meets all requirements for employment as a chaplain as defined by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). It has been developed using guidelines established by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC), who oversees and rigorously maintains national “best practice” standards for the chaplaincy profession. This professional graduate degree:

The program will also prepare students to meet competencies in four areas of chaplaincy:

  • The students will integrate theory and practice competencies.
  • The students will form professional identity and conduct competencies.
  • The students will conduct themselves in professional practice skills competencies.
  • The students will function effectively with organizational leadership competencies.

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Program Length

108 quarter units. The average time to complete the degree is 3 years if enrolled full-time.

Possible Careers

Graduates will meet the requirements for employment as a full, board-certified chaplain as defined by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Chaplains may choose careers in healthcare, military, education, corporate, and beyond.

Application Deadlines

Quarter Application Open Priority Deadline Final Deadline
Autumn of 2023 Jan 1, 2022 Aug 1, 2023

Admissions Requirements

  • Undergraduate record from a regionally accredited institution with a grade point average of B (3.00) or better in the overall program and in the major field
  • Critical essay
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation (two academic and one pastoral)
  • Admissions interview
  • One (1) unit of CPE highly preferred
  • All official transcripts of college/university work (mailed directly to LLU)
  • International applicants must submit current TOEFL scores and evaluations of any international transcripts – please visit
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2023-2024

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Tuition $29,733 $28,768 $28,768
Fees $2,925 $2,925 $2,925
Books & Supplies $1,300
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms) $216 $216 $216
Total $34,174 $31,909 $31,909


Financial assistance at the graduate level is limited. Please refer to the Financial Aid section on the LLU website. Scholarships are available to enrolled students at the LLU School of Religion.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2023-2024, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3
Months enrolled 9 9 9
Food and Housing $17,280 $17,280 $17,280
Transportation $3,150 $3,150 $3,150
Miscellaneous Personal Costs $2,700 $2,700 $2,700


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.

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