The Master of Military Chaplaincy program is specifically designed to equip students to become faithful and effective ministers of the gospel as chaplains in the armed forces of the United States.  The program fulfills all Department of Defense requirements, as well as those of most church body endorsing agents. ILT provides a mentor who guides and advises students through the chaplain candidacy process. The 72-credit length ensures that students can complete the program within the window of time provided by the chaplain candidacy process.  Students have the option of completing a further 18 credits of study and earning the Master of Divinity degree. Students must be endorsed by a church endorsing agency and approved as Chaplain Candidates by the appropriate military board before being accepted into this program. Chaplain Candidates are commissioned and serve in reserve or National Guard units part-time while attending classes.  Students not yet endorsed or approved as Chaplain Candidates have the option of enrolling in ILT in the Master of Divinity program or as Open Studies students until they become Chaplain Candidates. The courses they take will count toward the M.M.C. degree.

Master of Military Chaplaincy | M.M.C.

The Program


Students in the Master of Military Chaplaincy program complete a specially designed chaplaincy internship, which includes both civilian and military ministry experience.  

  1. Military internship

    • Serve as chaplain assistants during week-end drill, annual training, and at other opportunities when serving with their unit.

    • Participate in Chaplain Basic Officer Leadership Course (CHBOLC) (90-days)

    • Participate in Chaplain Annual Sustainment Training (CAST), Endorsers’ Annual Conference, etc.

  1. Civilian internship

    • Congregational ministry—preaching, pastoral care, parish education.

    • CPE—one unit (12 weeks)

The chaplain under which the student works will supervise the military internship. The supervisor of the civilian internship will be the pastor of the congregation. ILT will offer help in making a connection with appropriate CPE programs.


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 400-500 Old Testament or New Testament Elective

Historical and Systematic Theology (9 Credits)

  • HST 401 Creation and the Triune God

  • HST 402 Christology

  • HST 403 Church, Spirit, and Two Kingdoms

BT, EPR, HST 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 301 Elements of Greek
BT 311 Pentateuch and The Histories
BT 330 Wisdom and The Prophets
BT 361 The Gospels
BT 365 Epistles and the Formation of the New Testament
BT 366 Paul and His Legacy

Total: 15 Credits

Historical and Systematic Theology

HST 301 History of Christian Thought I
HST 302 History of Christian Thought II (requires HST 301)
HST 306 History of Religion in North America
HST 355 Systematic Theology
HST 412 History of Christian Thought III (requires HST 302)
HST 454 The Lutheran Confessions


Total: 18 Credits

Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion

EPR 301 Faith, Knowledge, and Reason
EPR 310 Ethics in Lutheran Perspective
EPR 313 Military Ethics
EPR 320 Theology and World Religions
EPR 321 Apologetics under the Cross

Total: 15 Credits

Pastoral Theology

PT 301 Pastoral Care I
PT 302 Pastoral Care II (requires PT 301)
PT 303 Pastoral Care III (requires PT 302)
PT 305 The Teaching Shepherd
PT 306 Ministering with Families (requires PT 302)
PT 311 Theology and the Practice of Worship (requires HST 454)
PT 321 Homiletics I
PT 322 Homiletics II (requires PT 321)
PT 323 Homiletics III (requires PT 322)
PT 392 Military Chaplaincy Internship


Total: 24 Credits

Total: 72 Credits

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