ILT offers New Degree: Master of Military Chaplaincy

The Institute of Lutheran Theology received permission from its accreditation agency, the Association for Biblical Higher Education (ABHE) to offer a new degree program: The Master of Military Chaplaincy.

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 curriculum 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.

Students who complete the M.M.C. degree can also take an additional 18 credit hours (six course) to receive the Master of Divinity degree. Anyone interested in more information concerning this degree should contact Threasa Hopkins ( or (605)692-9337).

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