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, the military, education, or the corrections system.

Application Deadlines

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

Admissions Requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally-accredited institution
  • Undergraduate cumulative gpa - 3.0 minimum
  • PPI evaluation; visit www.ets.org 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 2018-2019

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2
Tuition$22,005$19,875
Fees$2,469$3,212
Books & Supplies$450$450
Instruments
Misc (e.g., Boards, Licensing exam, Uniforms)
Total$24,924$23,537

Notes

Expected costs for the 2018-2019 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 2018-2019, off campus, with a roommate

Year of Program:Year 1Year 2
Months enrolled912
Room & Board$11,655$15,480
Transportation$2,880$3,840
Personal Expenses$1,350$1,800

Notes

  • 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.