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Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care: What the World Needs Now

Today, there is a growing need for well-trained chaplains who provide spiritual care to people right where they are; Chaplains who know how to compassionately support people dealing with health issues, addictions, aging, grief, loss and trauma in settings such as long-term care, hospitals, prisons and military posts.

For that reason, Providence is now offering a Certificate, Master of Arts and Master of Divinity in Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care. These vocational ministry degrees are designed to equip you with the theoretical and practical training necessary for spiritual and pastoral care.

The core courses in biblical and theological studies will be foundational to your training. Building on that foundation, the practical classes in counselling and spiritual care will equip you for effective work as a chaplain. The MA or MDiv practicums will provide you with mentored, hands-on experience that will develop you as a confident and competent leader and/or practitioner.

Major Options
Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care 18 credit hours
Master of Arts
Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care 60 credit hours
Master of Divinity
Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care 84 credit hours
Program Details

Entrance Requirements

In addition to a completed application and personal references, the Seminary requires an undergraduatedegree from an accredited institution. Students must have attained a minimum GPA of 2.50 in the last two years of study (60 credits). Those without a recognized degree may qualify for admission as a Mature or Non-Accredited Degree student. (See 2.3.4 in the Academic Calendar for details).

Professional Association

Graduates from the MA Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care program are encouraged to apply for membership with the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care (CASC).

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please look to the Academic Calendar for full information and course lists. If there are discrepancies between the information listed here and in the Academic Calendar, the Academic Calendar is definitive.

Program Courses

Depending on your program, you will be enrolling in courses from three departments – Biblical & Theological Studies, Chaplaincy/Spiritual Care, and Counselling:

Biblical & Theological Studies Courses:

  • BI5101 Hermeneutics
  • BI5102 Reading the Church’s Bible
  • GS5107 World Religions
  • IN5102 Theology and Practice of Christian Spirituality
  • TS5101 Survey of Church History
  • TS5201 Theological Foundations
  • TS5302 Christian Ethics


Chaplaincy Courses:


Counselling Courses:

  • CP5105 Integration of Theology and Psychology
  • CP5113 Crisis and Trauma Counselling
  • CP5116 Counselling Across Cultures
  • CP5111 Ethical and Legal Issues for Counsellors

Hank Dixon, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Kathleen Rempel-Boschman
Adjunct Professor

Gloria Woodland, Ph.D.
Adjunct Professor

Career Options

Graduates can find chaplaincy jobs in diverse workplaces. Chaplains serve people in long-term care, hospitals, military, correctional and rehabilitation facilities, as well as corporate, private and NGO organizations.