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Advanced Certificate


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.


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

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Chaplaincy- Featured Courses

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.

Care and Counsel

This course surveys the scope and practice of pastoral care. Employing the analogy of a physician’s care for the physical body, the course seeks to develop the proficiencies necessary in the pastor’s responsibility to care for the spiritual person. Among the issues explored, specific attention is given to spiritual direction, pastoral counsel and counseling skills, crisis ministries, care of the dying, development of the Christian community, and social justice as pastoral care. 

Moral Injury: Navigating Shame, Guilt and Trauma

Moral injury is a term used to describe extreme and unprecedented life experiences including the harmful aftermath of exposure to such events. In the Armed Forces, it focuses on the trauma of those who experience deep inner wounds created by an incongruity between their actions and convictions of right and wrong.

This course will examine the differences between moral injury and PTSD and other frequent diagnoses related to trauma experienced in the military.

Suffering, Pain, and Evil: A Theological Response

Those in ministry must often respond to the following question: “Why did God allow that horrible event—that tragic accident, that terrible betrayal, that intense suffering—to happen?” After outlining the various responses (theodicies) available to Christians, this course will discuss how best to help those asking “why” determine what these responses have to offer. Included among the texts read will be the book of Job.

Stackable Curriculum - Certificate to Master’s

Your chaplaincy education develops the ministry skills to become a chaplain with the flexibility of selecting courses that fit your calling with Northeastern Seminary's stackable curriculum.

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

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

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.

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.