Chaplaincy Studies

Prepare for a Career in Chaplaincy at Central

Are you thinking about a new vocation to care for people and their loved ones? Do you love helping people through conversation and prayer? Consider preparing for your career in Chaplaincy through one of Central Seminary's certificate programs in Chaplaincy.

You can find Chaplains in all kinds of settings: hospitals, hospice care, military, workplace, and more. Wherever people are in need of spiritual care, the chaplain can play a vital role in helping persons and their families through difficult times.

Read further to discover the benefits of completing a chaplaincy certificate learn at Central Seminary. If you are ready to discuss your options with an admissions counselor, contact us today. We want to talk with you about your future in chaplaincy.



Participate in classes only two nights a week to be a full-time student.



Take a few classes each term to complete your certificate in one year.



Excellent tuition rates and payments plans make your education affordable.

Complete your Chaplaincy Certificate Online

Students can earn their certificate solely through our online interactive platforms. Our online education connects you with instructors and learning colleagues live through video conferencing. You can submit all of your coursework and converse with your peers from you own home or place of work.

Chaplaincy Certificate Overview

Central Baptist Theological Seminary offers two certificates in Chaplaincy: the Graduate Certificate and the Professional Certificate. Students in the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy earn credit for their work, while the Professional Certificate students do not earn credit.

The curriculum of each certificate will guide students in developing a professional level identity for caregiving, understanding ethical boundaries, honing their ability to comprehend human needs, and integrating biblical and theological reflection into their vocational life.

Chaplaincy Certificate Purpose & Outcomes

Purpose - Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy

The Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy is a non-degree for credit program designed to provide a basic theological and biblical foundation for pastors, church leaders and prospective students who desire to the opportunity to develop chaplaincy skills. The Graduate Certificate provides a free-standing credential.

Purpose - Professional Certificate in Chaplaincy

The Professional Certificate in Chaplaincy is a non-degree not for credit program designed to provide a basic theological and biblical foundation for pastors, church leaders and prospective students who desire to develop chaplaincy skills. The Professional Certificate in Chaplaincy is a free-standing certificate.

Learning Outcome

The student who successfully completes the Graduate Certificate or the Professional Certificate in Chaplaincy will be able to understand and perform the basic pastoral, caregiver, and spiritual support roles of a chaplain in a church or organization.  

Chaplaincy Certificate Courses & Schedule

Languages Offered In: English

Program Length: 18 credits - 1 year (full-time status = 6 or more credits per term)
*Students in the Professional Certificate will not earn credit but will take the same 6 courses listed below.

Calendar: Three 12-week terms per academic year

New students can begin in any term. Terms begin in August, January, or May.

Required Courses

Introduction to Chaplaincy
Chaplaincy in Hospice and Elder Care
The Helping Relationship
Caring Ministries

Chaplaincy Certificate Tuition & Fees

Graduate Certificate

  • Tuition - $365 per credit
  • Registration Fee - $250 per term
  • Graduation Fee - $200

Professional Certificate

  • Tuition - $600 per course
  • Registration Fee - $250 per term

(Amounts shown are for academic year 2020-2021 and only represent basic costs. Consult the current academic catalog for complete financial information.)

Interested in a Degree Program?

Combine the Graduate Certificate in Chaplaincy with one of our Master's degrees to get the best preparation.

Master of Divinity (MDiv) - complete the MDiv degree plus Introduction to Chaplaincy, Chaplaincy in Hospice and Elder Care, and The Helping Relationship

Master of Arts in Counseling (MACO) - complete the MACO degree plus Introduction to Chaplaincy, Chaplaincy in Hospice and Elder Care, Caring Ministries, Ethics

Master of Arts (Theological Studies) - complete the degree with an emphasis in Chaplaincy

Gain Valuable Skills in Spiritual Care

Central Seminary provides chaplaincy education that can develop your abilities as a listener and care giver. These skills can benefit you and others in almost any setting, whether you become a professional chaplain or a lay minister in your church. People need trained persons who dedicate their lives to being a caring presence in difficult moments. Are you ready to be that kind of presence for others?

Our programs will prepare you to be a better listener, ask the right questions at the right moment, and help the sick, the dying and their families. Our Chaplaincy certificates are affordable. We keep our costs competitive so our programs are affordable you get the education you need without getting more debt. Compare the cost and benefits of Central Seminary, and you will understand why we are able to bring together a network of students and expert instructors to serve humanity.

Get Started on your Chaplaincy Certificate

If you are thinking about hospital chaplaincy, hospice chaplaincy, workplace chaplaincy or any other caring profession, please contact us today. Central Seminary has over 100 years of history launching students into the world to be a loving presence for people who are hurting. Let us be a part of your educational and vocational journey.

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