Application Deadlines
Spring:December 1
Contact Information: 
370 JSB
Program Requirements: 

The Chaplaincy MA is open only to Latter-day Saint military chaplain candidates endorsed by the LDS Church’s Office of Military Relations.  The degree is designed to provide advanced preparation for service as a military chaplain.  The core curriculum focuses primarily on the following areas of study:  Religious Studies, Old Testament, New Testament, Book of Mormon, Doctrine and Covenants, Doctrines of the Restoration, Armed Forces Chaplaincy History, Christian Theology and History, World Religions and Security/Area Analysis, Pastoral Counseling, Military Ministry, Professional Standards and Ethics, and Clinical Pastoral Education.  Chaplain candidates will conclude their program with a comprehensive oral exam and a final project.

Requirements for Degree--Chaplain Candidates

  • Credit hours (90): minimum 84 course work hours plus 6.0 Clinical Pastoral Education hours.
  • Required courses: Rel E 595, Rel E 600, Rel E 600a, Rel E 601R, Rel 602, Rel E 603, Rel E 604, Rel 605, Rel E 608, Rel E 609, Rel E 610, Rel 611, Rel E 621; Rel E 624, Rel E 625, Rel E 630, Rel E 635, Rel E 640, Rel E 641, Rel 642A, Rel E 645, Rel E 650; Rel E 688R, Rel E 695R, Rel E 698R
  • Twenty-seven hours in the following areas:  Marriage and Family Therapy, Social Work and Counseling Psychology.
  • Examination: Final oral comprehensive examination based on military chaplaincy emphasis.
  • Final Project: Follows a thesis format with a practical application.  Project committees must include three members selected from the Religious Education graduate faculty or other approved academics.
Admission Requirements: 

Admission is limited to Latter-day Saint military chaplain candidates endorsed by the LDS Church’s Office of Military Relations.

Required Tests


Program Outcomes: 

Authorized Religious Support

Provide or perform rites, ordinances, and authorized religious support.

Interfaith Dialogue

Demonstrate competency in the area and knowledge of different faith-based traditions and interfaith dialogue.

LDS Ambassador

Effectively represent Latter-day
Saint doctrine, theology, and thought in the Armed Forces.

Pastoral Counseling and Care Skills

Provide pastoral counseling and care in a military context, integrating spiritual insight into the counseling process.


Demonstrate personal style of preaching in regular devotion presentations, prepared homilies, and structured sermons.


Reflect and practice the ethics and professional requirements of Armed Forces chaplains.

Religion and Conflict

Advise the commander regarding religion and religious support as they affect military operations.

Writing Skills

Demonstrate effective writing in academic research papers, sermons, and final project.



Program Stats

Characteristics of Students from Past Academic Year
Total Students 10
International 0
Female 0
LDS 10
Non-White 1
BYU Undergraduate 4
Three Year Average Test Scores of Admitted Student
GRE Composite Score 304.9
GRE Quantitative Score 149.9
GRE Quantitative Percentile 39.5
GRE Verbal Score 155.0
GRE Verbal Percentile 66.4
GRE Analytical Score 4.2
GRE Analytical Percentile 65.2
Five Year Average of Graduated Students
Average Years to Degree 1.8
Graduated Per Year 3.3
Five Year Average of Admitted Students
Applied Per Year 6.3
Admitted Per Year 4.0
Percent Admitted 64.00
Average GPA 3.42