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Three steps begin your journey toward the MA in Chaplaincy program at Fuller: (1) familiarize yourself with the program, (2) learn about admission requirements, and (3) submit your application.


What are the requirements to be a candidate for admission to Fuller Theological Seminary's MA in Chaplaincy program?


  • Application for Admission
  • Reference Forms - Within the Application for Admission, you will be prompted to list three references:
    • You must provide one (1) reference from a pastor or denominational leader AND two (2) references that are either academic or professional. One of the three references must be from someone in the field of chaplaincy or pastoral/spiritual care.
  • Essay Responses - Once you have completed the Application for Admission, you will be prompted to upload and submit your essay responses to the following questions into the application portal.
    • Religious Autobiography - Reflect on your past Christian experience, including the most significant spiritual event/influence in your life, the role of Christ in your religious experience, your involvement in Christian service, and your reason(s) for participating with your church. (minimum 250 words; maximum 500 words)
    • Statement of Purpose - Why are you interested in Fuller Theological Seminary and this particular degree program? (minimum 250 words; maximum 500 words)
    • Statement of Calling to the work of Chaplaincy - At this point in your Christian journey, how do you envision your calling to God's mission in the world, specifically in the work of chaplaincy? (minimum 250 words; maximum 500 words)
  • Official Transcripts - Submit official transcripts from ALL post-secondary schools attended, including a transcript showing a bachelor's degree earned from an accredited institution, with a cumulative undergraduate grade point average of 2.7 or above.
    • All transcripts are evaluated in determining admission to Fuller master's degree programs.
    • If you do not currently hold an accredited bachelor's or master's degree or will not receive an accredited bachelor's or master's degree before the desired term of entry, please contact the Admissions Office for further discussion at
  • Application Fee - A $75 non-refundable application fee is required for applicants applying online. You may pay your application fee online with a U.S. credit card, PayPal, check, money order, or international bank transfer.
  • English Language Requirements - If you are interested in taking any classes in English and your native language is not English, you must meet this program's English language requirements.
  • At the Admissions Committee's discretion, applicants may be required to interview with Masters of Arts in Chaplaincy Committee representatives.

Note: The MA in Chaplaincy program is not currently admitting students who need U.S. Student visas for their studies. Please email if you have any questions.


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