The chaplaincy emphasis prepares Christians for the special challenges they will face working in a military setting. While flexible, the emphasis provides a solid foundation in theology, biblical studies, practical theology, as well as further courses relating to family, pastoral care, trauma, worship, preaching, and interfaith issues.
MATM: 108-units, fulfills the US Department of Defense’s minimal degree requirement for military chaplaincy.
MDiv: 144-units, fulfills the US Department of Defense’s degree requirement and most denominational requirements for ordination.
Fredrickson is associate dean for Fuller’s Doctor of Ministry and
Continuing Education programs and assistant professor of pastoral
ministry. He was instrumental is developing the military chaplain track
in Fuller's DMin program. Prior to joining Fuller in 2003, he was on the
pastoral staff at Simi Covenant Church in Simi Valley, California for
24 years, serving as senior pastor for 18 of those years. He is actively
involved in his community in a number of civic and non-profit agencies.
Since 1995, he has served as the Senior Chaplain with the Simi Valley
Nick La Casella
When MDiv student Nick La Casella was looking for an institution where he could find the training he needed to fulfill his call as a military chaplain, it was Fuller’s faculty that drew him to the seminary. “They represent the highest level of theological education from which a prospective chaplain can learn,” he explains, adding that their academic diversity paired with a “dedication to real world scenarios” enrich his learning. Sitting under distinguished theology professors, La Casella is growing in his understanding of the myriad ways people respond to God... read more
Army Chaplain Morsan McSweeney (MDiv ’11) was drawn to Fuller for entirely practical reasons—she was studying at a Baptist seminary when she decided she wanted to be ordained in the Presbyterian church—but ended up finding everything that she wanted and needed at Fuller for her career as a military chaplain...
Emphasis Requirements (24 Units)
MATM (108 units) and MDiv Curriculum Only Take the following courses:
Any Pastoral Counseling course (CN)
ET520 Biblical and Practical Peacemaking
MR549 Evangelicals and Interfaith Dialog
FS500 Family Systems DynamicsChoose Two (8 units):
CN506 Conflict and Conciliation
CN535 Grief, Loss, Death and Dying
CN557 Pastoral Care and Addictions
WS518 Worship Ministry on the Lord's Day
MM568 Self-Care in Mission
PI526 Trauma and Faith
Any Leadership course in SIS or SOT course schedule