Master of Arts in Chaplaincy

=Master of Arts in Chaplaincy

Our MA in Chaplaincy is a professional degree program where education is structured around the integration of theory and practice. We train the next generation of religious leaders, who view chaplaincy as the professional practice of spiritual care for all people.

You will develop the concrete skills and deep understanding necessary for working in a multifaith environment, as outlined in “Common Qualifications and Competencies for Professional Chaplains” and the “Standards of Practice for Professional Chaplains” of the Association of Professional Chaplains. Our graduates are confident in their ability to care for and empathize with people of all backgrounds in many settings – from hospitals and prisons to universities, the military, and in various religious communities.

Program Structure

The MA in Chaplaincy is a 36-credit professional degree program that can be completed in two years by a full-time student. The program can be completed online, but it may take a distance student more than two years to complete. Students have the option to specialize in Islamic Chaplaincy. View Program Curriculum

Where Your Journey May Lead

MA in Chaplaincy Career Paths

Hospital Chaplaincy

State and Federal Prison Chaplaincy

University Chaplaincy

Military Chaplaincy

Community Chaplaincy

Courses you may take

Here is a small sample of courses students in the program take. To view the entire course listing, use the link below.

The Value of Experience

Aida Mansoor


Our faculty bring years of academic and practical experience teaching and serving communities of different faiths as practicing chaplains and religious leaders. They are award-winning authors, scholars of religion, and passionate leaders of faith, with teaching and research experience that makes them experts in their fields. They have spoken to their research on international stages, emphasizing sociological contexts, gender, and religion in the modern world.

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With a foundation in interreligious education and professional spiritual care, our alumni are serving as chaplains across the globe – from top academic institutions to leading religious organizations. They hold religious leadership roles where they serve people in diverse communities and are focused on faith as a means to inclusivity and wellbeing while erasing religious dogmatism.

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Program Faculty

Bilal Ansari

Bilal W. Ansari

Faculty Associate in Muslim Pastoral Theology Co-Director, Islamic Chaplaincy Program

Areas of Study
Arts of Ministry
Contemporary Islamic Ethics
Institutional Leadership
Islamic Law
Muslim Pastoral Theology

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Lucinda Mosher

Lucinda Mosher

Senior Scholar for Executive and Professional Education, Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies, Co-Director, MA in Chaplaincy Senior Scholar, Executive and Professional Education

Lucinda Allen Mosher, Th.D., is the senior scholar for Executive and Professional Education, as well as Faculty Associate in Chaplaincy and Interreligious Studies and co-director of the Master of Arts in Chaplaincy program. 

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Aida Mansoor

Aida Mansoor

Director of Field Education

Aida Mansoor is the Director of Field Education at Hartford International.  She also serves in the community and works with the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut and the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford.

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Opportunities & Highlights

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Broaden your perspective. Deepen your ability to make a difference. Hartford International University programs prepare religious leaders and peacemakers who go beyond their own beliefs to embrace people of all faiths.

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General HIU News

HIU Welcomes Dr. Janet F. Fuller as Chaplaincy Program Co-Director

June 7, 2023

Dr. Janet F. Fuller, who has extensive experience as a chaplain and an educator of chaplains, will be the new Co-Director of the Master of Arts in Chaplaincy (MAC) program, joining Co-Director Dr. Bilal Ansari.

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June 1, 2023

Hartford International University has launched a graduate certificate in Eco Spirituality.

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Journal of Interreligious Studies Releases Special Issue

May 25, 2023

The Journal of Interreligious Studies (JIRS) is pleased to announce the release of Issue 39, a special issue entitled "Beyond Resistance: Building, Making, and Creating Sanctuary." It is guest-edited by Dr. Preeta M. Banerjee (HIU 2022), in collaboration with Sheron Fraser-Burgess, and Anya Phillips Thomas. 

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