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The Chaplaincy Certificate provides foundational training and preparation for a career as a chaplain. This certificate is designed to be embedded in an MDiv as well as for students who already hold a theological degree and would like to pursue a career in chaplaincy or those interested in a non-licensed role. This program was developed in collaboration with Clinical Pastoral Education of Central California (CPECC). This certificate outlines which courses should fill in the electives of the M.Div program while allowing for course substitutions including completing the first quarter of the CPECC chaplaincy program. Through getting a jumpstart on practical training with CPECC and academic training in Bible, theology, ministry, world religions and counseling, students are prepared for a career in chaplaincy ministering one-on-one with individuals in a variety of fields from hospitals and law enforcement to education and corporate settings.


  • Prepares students for becoming a licensed chaplain
  • Partnership with Clinical Pastoral Education Central California (CPECC)
  • Graduates are eligible to apply to the Community Regional Medical Center’s chaplaincy internship program
  • Therapy, Counseling, Religions of the World and Foundational Chaplaincy courses prepare students for success
  • Online courses available
  • Fully accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
  • Ability to earn Chaplaincy Certificate simultaneously with Master of Divinity for two additional units

Program director

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Brian Ross, D.Min.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Christian Ministry, Master of Divinity & Ministry Leadership and Culture


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Mark Baker, Ph.D.

Professor of Mission and Theology

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Cynthia McGrady, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director, Marriage and Family Therapy

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Adam Ghali, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Marriage and Family Therapy

Admission requirements

  • Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university
  • Minimum GPA of 2.5
  • Application form and fee: fpu.edu/applygrad
  • Personal profile statement
  • Three letters of references
  • Writing sample

Course listing

Required Courses (20 Units)

Biblical and Theological Reflection (3 Units)

THEO 762Religions of the World3

Missional and Practical Application (6.5 Units)

COUN 750BCross Cultural Counseling: Fresno1.5
MIN 768Serving Resiliently Through Crises and Trauma2-3
MIN 793CPractice of Ministry III ***1.5
MIN 793DPractice of Ministry IV ***1.5

*** Students do not need to take the Practice of Ministry series in order.

Integration and Specialization (10.5)

COUN 710Introduction to Counseling1
COUN 724Interpersonal Communication2-3
COUN 726Human Development3
COUN 732Aging and Long-Term Care1
COUN 738Person, Family, and Culture2
COUN 756Grief Counseling1
MIN 707Orientation to Chaplaincy1.5