Program Description

Loma Linda University’s MS in Chaplaincy program is a professional degree that prepares students for ministry as chaplains. It combines foundational theological knowledge with specialty training and clinical experience. It is a unique and comprehensive master’s degree which meets all requirements for employment as a chaplain as defined by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). 

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Program Length

108 quarter units. The average length of time to complete if enrolled full-time is 3 years.

Possible Careers

Graduates will meet the requirements for employment as a full, board-certified chaplain as defined by the Association of Professional Chaplains (APC). Chaplains may choose careers in healthcare, military, education, corporate, and beyond.

Application Deadlines

QuarterApplication OpenPriority DeadlineFinal Deadline
Winter of 2020Jul 1, 2018Dec 1, 2019
Spring of 2020Oct 1, 2018Mar 1, 2020
Summer of 2020Jan 1, 2019Jun 1, 2020
Autumn of 2020Apr 1, 2019Sep 1, 2020
Winter of 2021Jul 1, 2019Dec 1, 2020

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Undergraduate cumulative gpa - 3.0 minimum
  • PPI evaluation; visit for information and instructions
  • International: Internet-based TOEFL test score of 83 or higher (computer and paper-based tests vary)
Integrating faith and health
Loma Linda University educates and encourages a balanced life by living our values of humility, compassion, justice, integrity, excellence, freedom and self- control. You will be surrounded by faculty who are committed to healthcare innovation and research while engaging your spirituality.

Expected Cost of Attendance

Academic Year 2019-2020

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2
Books & Supplies$600$600
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)


Expected costs for the 2019-2020 academic year are based on full time attendance. From year to year, increases are anticipated consistent with inflation in the professional education sector.

Financial assistance at the graduate level is limited. Please see the Financial Aid section of the LLU website or contact the LLU Financial Aid department directly.

Estimated Living Expenses

Academic Year 2019-2020, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2
Months enrolled99
Room & Board$11,655$11,655
Personal Expenses$2,070$2,070


  • Amounts are what a student can apply to borrow for the number of months shown in each academic year based on living off campus with a roommate and not with a relative.
  • International students need to calculate 12 months of living expenses based on the numbers listed here.
  • In general, to qualify for financial aid a student must be enrolled at least half time taking degree requirements. Half time is 6 units in a quarter for undergraduate programs and 4 units in a quarter for graduate programs.

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