ILT offers New Degree: Master of Military Chaplaincy

Become a Military Chaplain By Studying at ILT

Dr. Jonathan Sorum, Academic Dean for the Institute of Lutheran Theology (ILT), taught a week-long intensive class on Dietrich Bonhoeffer to the 2019 Annual Augsburg Chaplain Training and the Augsburg Lutheran Church Annual Gathering at the DoubleTree Hotel in El Paso, Texas. We wish to thank and commend Augsburg Lutheran Church for their commitment to military chaplaincy.

Dr. Jonathan Sorum and the students at this week’s intensive class.

ILT’s 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.

Additionally, veterans can use their educational benefits to do graduate studies at ILT. This is good news for those who want to become pastors, chaplains, or just study at ILT to earn a masters or doctorate degree. Through this program, graduate students at ILT can have their tuition paid directly by Veteran’s Affairs. If you are a veteran and are looking for graduate level education, please contact us to learn more about this.

This is another of the changes that ILT has been able to make because of our being awarded accreditation in February 2018. Since being accredited, ILT has been able to join the American Council on Education (this allows us to offer the chaplaincy program), join the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (this is the data system for higher education), offer the Ph.D. program, and now offer the Post 9/11 GI Bill program to graduate students.

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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