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Advanced Certificate


Grow as compassionate spiritual guides through chaplaincy courses that are Biblically based, expertly taught, and holistically supported. 


Northeastern Seminary’s chaplaincy certificate program is designed for students who want a stand-alone Certificate program in chaplaincy or who have completed or are in the process of completing a theological Master's program. This certificate offered online, explores the spiritual formation and training needed to become a chaplain equipped to minister in a variety of multifaith contexts.

Interested in receiving an overview of the program with specific courses, costs, and academic plans?

Customize Your Seminary Degree

Stackable Curriculum - Certificate to Master’s

Students can seamlessly move from this certificate to eventually complete their Master of Divinity (M.Div) degree, which is typically required to formally serve as a chaplain. Combining practical ministry skills with Christian spiritual formation, our chaplaincy program is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

Our students grow as compassionate spiritual guides through chaplaincy courses that are Biblically based, expertly taught, and holistically supported. Through Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) opportunities, students learn to serve in hospitals, the military, prisons, businesses, or other organizations. 

This 18-credit program can be completed in as little as 1 year, or seamlessly use credits from the certificate program towards a Master of Arts degree.

Need flexibility as a working adult? Northeastern Seminary strives to make our seminary experience as flexible as possible. This 18-credit ministry degree can be completed 100% online or through classes in Rochester, New York in as little as one year. Our students can also select a full-time or part-time schedule to accommodate career and family commitments.

Step 1: Certificate in Chaplaincy

Becoming a chaplain starts with exploring the ethics of chaplaincy care and ministry in multifaith contexts with an accredited certificate.

Step 2: Master of Arts

Continue your education with another stackable block of courses to receive a Master of Arts degree in Ministry Practice or Theological Studies.

Step 3: Master of Divinity

Complete the requirements for service as a chaplain when you assemble multiple stackable competency blocks to earn your Master of Divinity with a Chaplaincy concentration.

Advanced Certificate Program Tuition

Cost for Chaplaincy

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Total Program Sticker Price:

Less than 15% of students
pay this amount

98% of students who applied
for a scholarship received one

18 credits, online & Part time options

Customize Your Seminary Degree

The following courses explore important themes related to pastoral ministry. Upon completion, you will receive a certificate in chaplaincy, and you can apply these classes to earn your master's degree.

The question isn't how far can I get to God and still go to heaven. The question is how close to God can I get before I go to heaven."

Dr. Doug Cullum


To provide a theological education that is built upon the foundation of a deep, sustained engagement with biblical and historic Christianity

Proudly Military-Friendly

Become a military chaplain. As an honored member of the Military Friendly® Schools program, Northeastern Seminary is part of a small group of higher education institutions in the U.S. that make up the Military Friendly® School list created by G.I. Jobs magazine.

Learn more about our online masters programs

An advanced certificate may be the perfect option if you are interested in lifelong learning, developing new skills to complement your gifts and ministry, or are looking to experience theological education before committing the time and financial investment in a Master's degree program.

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Lord, I am no longer my own, but Yours. Put me to what You will, rank me with whom You will. Let be employed by You or laid aside for You, exalted for You or brought low by You. Let me have all things, let me have nothing, I freely and heartily yield all things to Your pleasure and disposal. And now, O glorious and blessed God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, You are mine and I am Yours. So be it. Amen.

John Wesley