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.
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
State and Federal Prison Chaplaincy
The Value of Experience
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, empathizing sociological contexts, gender, and religion in the modern world.Learn more
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.Learn more
The People Who Thrive Here
Our program is designed by faculty and for students who see chaplaincy as the institutional application of care. They are characterized by intellectual curiosity – and a will to be confident in their knowledge of others and how to care for people from diverse backgrounds in diverse settings.
Bilal W. Ansari, Faculty Associate in Muslim Pastoral Theology, Director of the Islamic Chaplaincy Program, Co-Director of the Master of Arts in Chaplaincy
As a religious leader for a military base, state and federal prisons, and public and private higher education institutions, Professor Ansari brings lived experience to his courses. He serves as a professional advisor to hospital Clinical Pastoral Education programs, a co-founder of the Association of Muslim Chaplains and Muslim Endorsing Council, and is a Hartford International alum.
Lucinda Mosher, Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies, Co-Director, MA in Chaplaincy
Dr. Mosher is a prolific and award-winning religious scholar and frequent keynote speaker and panel leader. She is the rapporteur of the Building Bridges Seminar—an international dialogue of Christian and Muslim scholars and serves on the Episcopal Church’s General Convention Task Force to Coordinate Ecumenical and Interreligious Work, the board of directors of the Interfaith Center of Northeast Florida, and the advisory board of the Religious Education Association.
Opportunities & Highlights
Our students can take classes through the Boston Theological Interreligious Consortium, a consortium of seminaries and theological schools including Boston College, Boston University, Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Harvard Divinity School, Hebrew College, Holy Cross Greek Orthodox Seminary, and St. John’s Seminary & Theological Institute.Learn More
A Pioneer for Muslim-Christian Relations
The Macdonald Center for the Study of Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations is the country’s oldest center for such study, opening in 1973.Learn More
Hartford International is dually accredited by the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada, the New England Commission of Higher Education and approved by the Office for Financial and Academic Affairs for Higher Education of the State of Connecticut.Learn More