What type of Degree Do Chaplain's Need?


Chaplain Paul To Helen In Birmingham, Alabama

"A Masters Degree is needed for chaplaincy jobs is always my answer when asked "What type of degree do you need to become a chaplain?"

Masters Degree Question Asked One More Time

Two questions I need answers to: First, "What type of degree do you need to become a chaplain?"

Secondly, If you are not a Pastor can you still become a chaplain?

I am not a pastor but just became a licensed Exhorter in my faith group this year.

Just A Chaplain Sharing Information About Chaplaincy

Congratulations on becoming an Exhorter for your faith group.

Again I must say that when I answer questions about chaplaincy, I do so not as an official voice for professional chaplaincy but simply as one whose career change journey took him to a fulfilling chaplain career as a hospice chaplain.

Another Chaplain Career Change

I now have status as a retired board certified chaplain.

In addition, I also became what I call an Internet Chaplain. I was challenged to base a website business on a topic I knew and was passionate about.

What is interesting is that I am fulfilling everything I hoped to do through a chaplain career, actually providing ministry through ministry focused websites to readers around the world.

What is great about my new career as an internet chaplain is that my online website business earns enough to pay my housing expenses!

Click on Sharing About Becoming A Chaplain helped me launch my Internet Chaplaincy Career.

Chaplain Educational Requirements

Here is a list of chaplain educational expectations I found on a chaplain job board.

The expectation for chaplains to meet these educational requirements is common for most hospitals hiring chaplains.

  • Chaplain candidates must have earned a Masters level theological degree from an institution accredited by the Association of Theological Schools.

  • Four units of Clinical Pastoral Education that is certified by the Association for Clinical Pastoral Education.

  • The chaplain must be board certified by the one of the Professional Chaplain Associations or be certification eligible.

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