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Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Track (MAPCC)

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling (MAPCC) Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care track is designed to help students increase and deepen self-awareness; develop skills training in interpersonal, contextual, and institutional engagements; and acquire foundational knowledge that can all be deployed for effective chaplaincy and spiritual care practice across a variety of contexts—hospital, military, movement, prison, hospice, first responder, campus, and urban ministry.
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Dr. Rolf Nolasco
"The need and urgency for chaplains and spiritual guides to provide emotional and psychological support has grown exponentially. Garrett-Evangelical has the capacity, faculty, and resources to be able to meet this pressing need."

The Need for Chaplains

Complete Academic Requirements for Certification as Associate Certified Chaplain

The MAPCC Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care track fulfills the academic requirements for associate certified chaplain certification through Board of Chaplaincy Certification Inc. (BCCI), an affiliate of the Association of Professional Chaplains.

The BCCI® certification program is designed to elevate professional standards, enhance individual performance and designate professional chaplains who demonstrate the knowledge essential to the practice of chaplaincy care. Chaplains are certified as board certified chaplains (BCC) or associate certified chaplains (ACC) according to established national qualifications, including a code of ethics. Please note: completing the MAPCC Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care program does not grant you certification as an associate certified chaplain. You can learn more about the additional requirements for certification on BCCI's website.

Gain Practical Experience Through CPE

MAPCC Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care students are required to complete four units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as a part of their degree program. CPE is an accreditation and training program that teaches students how to provide spiritual care in clinical settings like hospitals, nursing homes, prisons, and addiction treatment centers. A significant part of one's theological education, CPE provides a learning situation for a student in which they may develop awareness of the theological and psycho-social concerns of persons in crisis. Thanks to Garrett's location in the Chicagoland area, you will have a wide variety of CPE sites to choose from to explore, define, and refine your call.

Renowned Faculty Dedicated to the Practice of Pastoral Care and Counseling

Our diverse and renown faculty bring a wealth of expertise and experience not only to Garrett-Evangelical, but to the church and our global community. They are members and leaders in local, national, and global organizations, denominations, and societies. Our faculty in the field of pastoral care and counseling are:

Dr. Lucy ChungDr. Jaeyeon Lucy Chung is Assistant Professor of Pastoral Theology at Garrett-Evangelical and Director of the Styberg Library. Her most recent publication is Korean Women, Self-Esteem, and Practical Theology: Transformative Care (Palgrave, 2017). She earned a doctor of philosophy in religion with a focus in person, community, and religious practices from Emory University. In addition, she holds a master of library and information science degree from Dominican University, a master of sacred theology degree from Boston University, and a master of arts in religion from Ewha Womans University in Seoul, Republic of Korea.

Dr. Rolf NolascoDr. Rolf Nolasco is the Rueben P. Job Professor of Spiritual Formation and Pastoral Theology the director of the Rueben P. Job Institute for Spiritual Formation at Garrett-Evangelical. He is an experienced professor, trained in pastoral and counseling psychology, mindfulness and contemplative spirituality, and affective neuroscience. Nolasco is also a psychotherapist, published author, and has vast experience in cross cultural communications from living and working across the world within varying social and cultural backgrounds. He is the author of God’s Beloved Queer (Wipf and Stock, 2019), The Contemplative Counselor: A Way of Being (Fortress Press, 2011), and Compassionate Presence: A Radical Response to Human Suffering (Cascade Books, 2016). His most recent work seeks to affirm compassion as the pulsating heartbeat of Christian theology and praxis through the hermeneutical perspectives of brain science, psychology, and practical theology. 

Dr. Lallene J. RectorDr. Lallene J. Rector, an esteemed faculty member at Garrett-Evangelical since 1986, is Associate Professor of Psychology of Religion and Pastoral Psychotherapy. She served as Vice President of Academic Affairs and Academic Dean from 2006-2013, and as president from 2014-2020. Dr. Rector received a bachelor of arts in psychology and religion from Texas Christian University, an master of theological studies from Boston University’s School of Theology, and a doctor of philosophy in psychology of religion from Boston University’s Graduate School for the Arts and Sciences in 1986. She received clinical training in pastoral psychotherapy at the Center for Religion and Psychotherapy of Chicago (CRPC), and subsequently trained as a psychoanalyst at the Institute for Psychoanalysis in Chicago. A member of the CRPC Board of Directors, Dr. Rector is a United Methodist layperson and serves the national church on a number of committees related to education and ministry.

Affording Your Education

One Student. One Scholarship.

At Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, every master’s degree student receives a scholarship. Scholarships are available for full-time and part-time students and are designed with an eye toward your passion and our mission. Scholarships range from 25% of tuition up to 100% of tuition with stipends and each year we award over $2.5 million in scholarship aid. To learn more about all of our scholarship opportunities, please visit

With our Early Action Scholarships, you'll receive an admissions decision no later than December 15th, and have the opportunity to qualify for scholarships ranging from 65% to 100% of tuition.The application deadline for Early Action Scholarship consideration is November 15th of each year. There is no separate scholarship application.

Our Plus Scholarships include all of our scholarships that include tuition PLUS a stipend. The application deadline for Plus Scholarship consideration is March 1st of each year. There is no separate scholarship application.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Pastoral Care and Counseling Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care is a 49-hour program. Students will need to complete 4 units of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) as a part of the program.

Chaplaincy and Spiritual Care Online Information Session


Online Learning

While we honor the traditional methods of instruction and rich heritage of academia, we also embrace non-traditional methods such as online learning and hybrid classes. The maximum number of courses which may be taken in an online format is 1/2 of the degree. Students receiving advanced standing or transfer credit can take no more than 1/2 of remaining credits toward the degree in an online format. Students seeking ordination should check with the appropriate church authorities to see if there are more specific guidelines that must be met.

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Graduates of this program will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate general knowledge of Scripture, history and doctrine, practices of the Christian traditions
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of theological and psychological foundations of human persons and communities
  3. Demonstrate the ability to analyze gender, racial, economic structures that shape human beings in the practice of pastoral care and counseling, chaplaincy, and spiritual care.
  4. Demonstrate self-awareness and on-going commitments to pastoral identity formation
  5. Demonstrate the capacity for critical, reflective, faithful, and creative thinking in the ministry of pastoral care and counseling.
  6. Demonstrate competencies for effective person-and-community-centered and trauma-informed approach to chaplaincy and spiritual care across ministry contexts.

Admission Requirements

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university
  • An undergraduate grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Proficiency in the English language

Admission Process

Detailed information for the application requirements and process can be found here.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. The Admissions Committee reserves the right to determine, in its sole judgment, whether an applicant is a suitable candidate for a specific degree program or for the vocation that the program represents. International student applications are due by March 1st.

The application deadline for Early Action Scholarship consideration is November 15th of each year. There is no separate scholarship application.

The application deadline for Plus Scholarship consideration is March 1st of each year. There is no separate scholarship application.