Master of Arts in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care (MACP)
Prepares men and women to serve as chaplains in hospital, military, corporate, or campus environments and in other ministries of care
Shepherding and Pastoral Care
If you care deeply about people and seek to provide a combination of pastoral care, emotional and spiritual care, and practical life counseling to people outside of the church, becoming a chaplain is a great way to serve those without regular access to ministers.
Build a Ministry Skillset
In addition to rich Bible and theology, the MACP includes practical training in preaching, counseling, spiritual care, and leadership.
Earn CPE Units
Your internship can be directed to earn Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) units in preparation for hospital chaplaincy.
Military Chaplaincy Options
The MACP meets the degree requirements of military chaplaincy and allows students to transfer credit from Military Chaplaincy School.
All 66 books of the Bible
An MA at DTS offers more Bible and theology than a 3-year MDiv at most seminaries, including all 66 books (even Nahum) and an entire course on the Trinity.
*This degree is pending ATS approval.
Rich theology paired with ministry skills
The 3-year MACP program includes DTS common core of Bible and theology courses along with practical training in preaching, counseling, pastoral care, and leadership.
|BE5101||Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics||3|
|BE5102||Old Testament History I||3|
|BE5103||OT History II & Poetry||2|
|BE5106||Acts & Pauline Epistles||3|
|BE5107||Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation||3|
|BE5109||Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles||3|
|ST5101||Theological Method and Bibliology||3|
|ST5103||Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology||3|
|ST5105||Sanctification and Ecclesiology||3|
|Chaplaincy and Counseling||12|
|BC5201||Theological and Psychological Foundations of Counseling||3|
|BC5305||Counseling and Ethics Practicum I||3|
|BC5701||Chaplaincy Orientation and Ethics||3|
|Ministry Care and Leadership||15|
|EML5615||Applied Skills for Ministry Staff||3|
|PM5101||Christian Life and Witness||3|
|PM5103 or EML5450||Preaching I or Women Teaching Women||3|
|PM5302||Worship and Pastoral Care||3|
|WM5535||Theology and World Religions||3|
|Spiritual Formation & Electives||12|
|INT5180||Internship (could be used for CPE)||3|
Use our Degree Plan Worksheet resource to chart out your MACP degree. For a description of courses offered, please see the catalog.
The MA in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care degree program is designed to prepare graduates to serve as chaplains in hospital, military, or corporate environments and to offer compassionate care within other ministry settings.
Common Goals for Professional MA Programs
Students in all of professional MA programs at DTS will be able to:
- demonstrate a general knowledge of the Bible, including a synthetic understanding of the major books;
- evidence an understanding of the historical development of theology, a knowledge of premillennial theology, and an ability to support their theological views and apply them to contemporary issues; and
- evidence an increasing likeness to Christ as manifested in love for God, love for others, and the fruit of the Spirit.
Goals for MA in Chaplaincy and Ministry Care
In addition to the goals common to all professional degree programs at the seminary, students in this program will be able to:
- communicate the Bible effectively and demonstrate ministry skills required for chaplaincy;
- understand and explain the issues and problems that people face in life from a thoroughly biblical point of view;
- engage in one-on-one compassionate ministry care for those seeking direction and guidance; and
- function in interreligious and interdenominational environments with conviction, grace, and humility.
Seventy-nine semester hours of coursework are required as a minimum for graduation. Of those hours, 22 are in prescribed Bible Exposition courses, 18 are in prescribed Systematic Theology courses, 12 are in Chaplaincy and Counseling, 15 are in Ministry Care and Leadership, 9 are electives, and 3 hours are in the Ministry Formation internship. No thesis is required.
Because DTS values Christlike character and spiritual maturity, MACP students are required to register for and participate in Spiritual Formation groups for four consecutive fall and spring semesters at the Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC campus. (MACP students who are not planning to be in residence in Dallas, Houston, or Washington DC for four consecutive fall and spring semesters must contact the Spiritual Formation Office concerning how to meet their Spiritual Formation requirement.)
In the Spiritual Formation curriculum, small groups of five to seven students focus on identity, community, integrity, and fidelity. The groups also provide an atmosphere for prayer, fellowship, and the integration of learning with life and ministry.
Because students participate with the same group during four consecutive semesters, they should plan their schedules so they may meet on the same day and at the same time each semester. Spiritual Formation is a noncredit, transcripted experience. Internship prerequisites include successful completion of SF5100-1, EML5110, and completion of half of their DTS course work.
Additional Spiritual Formation courses focusing on leadership may be taken as electives.
Avenues for wholistic training
See the many ways students are prepared for a lifetime of fruitful ministry
Logos Bible Software
Every student at DTS receives a copy of Logos Bible Software customized with additional commentaries and resources, and DTS courses integrate Logos into assignments and learning.
Sexual Awareness Training
DTS has partnered with MinistrySafe to offer training on sexual abuse, effective preventative protocols, addressing the needs of abuse survivors, and an appropriate response to abuse allegations arising in ministry environments.
The DTS experience includes life-on-life connection in small groups (Spiritual Formation), on the job training for real world ministry skills (Ministry Formation Internships), and opportunities to serve, pray, and worship in community.
MACP Example Pathways
The 9 hours of electives and 3-hour internship can be combined in several ways. These are not formal tracks, but suggested pathways:
Students seeking to become a hospital chaplain must complete at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training at an approved site. They must also receive ordination or similar endorsement from their denomination. After completing the MACP, graduates would apply for a one-year residency to complete additional CPE units. Students should also consider joining the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and meeting their requirements for placement.
- Internship – 1 CPE credit
- PM5361 Bioethics and Pastoral Care
- BC5430 Death and Dying
- BC5436 Diagnosis and Treatment of Trauma Disorders
Students seeking military chaplaincy positions should contact the branch of service in which they want to serve and seek guidance from a local chaplain recruiter. Students must also receive ordination or similar endorsement from their denomination. Those students who attend Military Chaplaincy School may transfer in up to 9 hours of credit. Navy Chaplains must complete 2/3 of their degree program in residency. Please confirm all requirements with your desired branch of service.
- Internship – 3 hours
- Military Chaplaincy School – up to 9 hours
- BC5430 Death and Dying
Students seeking corporate chaplaincy positions should consider connecting with the Corporate Chaplains of America (CCA) to seek out internship and employment.
- EML5325 Legal & Financial Issues in Ministry
- EML5330 Personal and Organizational Leadership Development
- BC5280 Group Counseling
- PM5301 Pastoral Theology and Leadership
- PM5301 Pastoral Theology and Leadership
- EML5101 Introduction to Educational Ministries and Leadership
- EML5430 Strategies for Youth and Young Adult Ministries
- WM5205 Cultural Dynamics in Ministry
Arts and Culture Chaplain
- MW5101 The Art of Media and Worship
- MW5103 A Christian View of Art
- MW5201 Medieval Art and Spirituality
Life Coach / Spiritual Director
- BC5233 Introduction to Christian Mentoring and Coaching
- PM5520/EML5740 Spiritual Formation in Contemporary Culture
- EML5750 Spiritual Disciplines
- BC5255 Addictions and Compulsive Behaviors
Marriage and Family
- BC5270 Family Systems
- BC5280 Group Counseling
- BC5422 Marital Counseling
- BC5601 Human Sexuality
DTS grads serve in a variety of settings
God has placed our graduates in a variety of ministry settings including military chaplaincy, hospital chaplaincy, corporate chaplaincy, and elsewhere.
More scholarships, less debt
Over 90% of DTS students graduate without taking on additional educational debt. This is possible because of the generosity of our donors who make over 4 million dollars of scholarship funds available every year.
Through our donors and Foundation, we are able to offer 100s of scholarships to students every year. See the full list of scholarships.
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What we believe
DTS faculty affirm our full doctrinal statement every year, while our diverse community of students are centered around these seven core doctrines of evangelical faith.
How to get started
The deadline for fall applications as July 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is April 1.
1. Submit Application
Begin your online application today. It should take about 2 hours.
2. Send Transcripts and References
Collect college transcripts and references from church and others.
3. Committee Evaluation
DTS will review your application and respond within 2-3 weeks.
4. Register for courses
When you receive your acceptance letter, you can plan your first classes.
You show evidence of saving faith in Jesus Christ in your application testimony, and you adhere to the 7 core doctrines.
Your references speak to your character and dependence on the Holy Spirit for life and work.
You are endowed with appropriate spiritual gifts and involved in Christian ministry.
Previous education has prepared you for graduate theological education.