Chaplaincy at Southern California Seminary


Pursuing Chaplaincy at Southern California Seminary


For those students who want to work as a Chaplains in an institutional setting such as in the military, hospice care, nursing homes, Rehab clinics, hospitals, Civil Air Patrol, National Guard and prison ministries, we recommend completing a program of study that includes the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling (MACC) degree and the Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree. Students pursuing this course of study can expect to earn the MACC degree in the first two years of their program, and continue seamlessly in the MDIV program. Together these programs provide a comprehensive education preparing the student for the various contingencies of serving as a Chaplain.

Completing both the MDIV and the MACC programs can lead toward certification in Christian counseling, or to becoming a Board or Associated Certified Chaplain. SCS is recognized by the National Association of Professional Chaplains (APC) and graduates are eligible for Association of Gospel Churches (AGC) military Chaplaincy endorsement. This program also qualifies for the Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) programs for those interested in pursuing hospital, prison or institutional ministries.

The Following Courses should be completed as the MDIV program Electives and Practical Ministry Skills Courses.

 Candidates will complete 24 units of Counseling:


  • Theological Foundations of Counseling
  • Fundamentals of Pastoral Counseling
  • Faith Integration and Praxis
  • Human Growth and Development
  • Counseling Techniques
  • Crisis Counseling
  • Marriage and Family Counseling
  • Law and Professional Ethics in Counseling

5 units of Practical Ministry Skills:

  • Spiritual Growth and Discipleship
  • Ministry Internship 1 (Trimester)
  • Ministry Internship 2 (Trimester)

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