The Master of Ministry in Chaplaincy (M.M.C.) program is specifically designed to equip students to become faithful and effective ministers of the Gospel as chaplains. Students in this program can focus on the type of chaplaincy in which they wish to serve. Students have the option of completing a further 18 credits of study and earning the Master of Divinity degree


Master of Military Chaplaincy | M.M.C.

The Program


Students preparing to serve in congregation ministry are required to participate in a practicum during the first 30 credits of their program. This practicum will consist of working with a pastor in a local congregation for 5-10 hours a week. Practicum students will meet with the practicum coordinator twice a month (or at least once a month) throughout each semester until they have earned 30 credits or more.

Chaplaincy Internship

Students in the Master of Ministry in Chaplaincy program complete a specially designed chaplaincy internship, which focuses on the context in which they wish to serve.

Required Internship Experience:

  • Congregational ministry—preaching, pastoral care, parish education.
  • CPE—two units (24 weeks)

ILT will offer help in making a connection with appropriate CPE programs. Students are responsible for the cost of CPE training.


Completing the Master of Divinity

Graduates of the M.M.C program may earn a Master of Divinity degree by completing the following program:

Biblical Theology (3 Credits) one course chosen from the following:

  • BT 600-699 Old Testament or New Testament Elective

Historical and Systematic Theology (9 Credits)

  • HST 601 Creation and the Triune God (requires HST 613)

  • HST 602 Christology

  • HST 603 Church, Spirit, and Two Kingdoms

two courses chosen from the following:

  BT, PTE or PT Electives (6 Credits)


Additional Credits = 18

M.M.C. Credits = 72

Total Credits = 90


M.M.C. students may transfer at any time to either track of the Master of Divinity program.




M.M.C. graduates who have accessioned as Chaplains can participate in ILT’s Residency Program for Chaplains while doing the coursework to complete the Master of Divinity degree. The residency consists of two years of congregational ministry with mentoring. The student chooses his or her mentor, subject to the approval of the ILT Director of Chaplaincy Education. The mentoring will deal with issues of self-care, time management, discernment (deciding between active duty or reserve, future military and civilian education, navigating between the ecclesial and military contexts, etc.), and other issues.


Biblical Theology

BT 500: Introduction to New Testament Greek
BT 511: Pentateuch and The Histories
BT 530: Wisdom and The Prophets
BT 561: The Gospels (requires BT 500)
BT 565: Epistles and the Formation of the New Testament (requires BT 500)
BT 566: Paul and His Legacy (requires BT 500)

Total: 15 Credits

Historical and Systematic Theology

HST 501: History of Christian Thought I
HST 502: History of Christian Thought II (requires HST 501)
HST 506: History of Religion in North America
HST 555: Systematic Theology
HST 613: History of Christian Thought III (requires HST 502)
HST 655: The Lutheran Confessions


Total: 18 Credits

Philosophical Theology and Theological Ethics

PTE 501: Faith, Knowledge, and Reason
PTE 510: Ethics in Lutheran Perspective
PTE 513: Military Ethics (requires EPR 510)
PTE 520: Theology and World Religions
PTE 521: Apologetics under the Cross

Total: 15 Credits

Pastoral Theology

PT 501: Pastoral Care I
PT 502: Pastoral Care II (requires PT 501)
PT 503: Pastoral Care III (requires PT 502)
PT 505: The Teaching Shepherd
PT 506: Ministering with Families (requires PT 502)
PT 511: Theology and the Practice of Worship 
PT 521: Homiletics I
PT 522: Homiletics II (requires PT 521)
PT 523: Homiletics III (requires PT 522)
PT 592: Military Chaplaincy Internship


Total: 24 Credits

Total: 72 Credits

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