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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.


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.

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Biblical Exposition 22
BE5101 Bible Study Methods and Hermeneutics 3
BE5102 Old Testament History I 3
BE5103 OT History II & Poetry 2
BE5104 OT Prophets 3
BE5105 The Gospels 2
BE5106 Acts & Pauline Epistles 3
BE5107 Hebrews, General Epistles, & Revelation 3
BE5109 Ruth, Psalms, Jonah, & Selected Epistles 3
Systematic Theology 18
ST5101 Theological Method and Bibliology 3
ST5102 Trinitarianism 3
ST5103 Angelology, Anthropology, and Hamartiology 3
ST5104 Soteriology 3
ST5105 Sanctification and Ecclesiology 3
ST5106 Eschatology 3
Chaplaincy and Counseling 12
BC5201 Theological and Psychological Foundations of Counseling 3
BC5210 Counseling Theory 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
Electives Electives 9
INT5180 Internship (could be used for CPE) 3
SF5110 Spiritual Formation

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.

Course Requirements

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.

Spiritual Formation

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.

Emphasis Options

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:

Hospital Chaplain

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
Military Chaplain

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
Corporate Chaplain

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
Campus Chaplain
  • 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.

Kyle Sponaugle’s Unique Ministry at the US Naval Academy
From Doctor to Counselor: Dr. Ekpe Wade’s Journey to Houston
Meet Dorothy Burton, Founder of Christians in Public Service
Counseling Grads Robert Rowling and Wendy Miller Bring Healing
Prison Chaplain Lettie Watkins Brings Hope to Inmates
West Point Professor Prepares Hearts for Service

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 5 million dollars of scholarship funds available every year.

Scholarship List

Through our donors and Foundation, we are able to offer 100s of scholarships to students every year. See the full list of scholarships.

Financial Aid Calculator

Visit our tool to calculate your costs and see how affordable seminary can be with scholarships, church support, and payment options.


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.

the authority and inerrancy of Scripture
the Trinity
Hypostatic Union
Christ’s full deity and humanity
the spiritual lostness of the human race
Christ’s substitutionary atonement and bodily resurrection
salvation by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone
Return of Christ
the physical return of Christ

How to get started

The deadline for fall applications as July 1, for spring is November 1, and for summer is April 1.

Application Steps


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.

Admissions Criteria


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.


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