Lancaster Theological Seminary
Lancaster General Hospital
MDIV/CPE Combined Program
Your Fast Track to a Career in Chaplaincy
The accelerated combined MDIV in Chaplaincy offers highly motivated students the ability to earn a MDIV degree from Lancaster Theological Seminary and complete four units of Clinical Pastoral Education at Lancaster General Hospital within three years. The academic study and hands-on learning required to be eligible for certification as a professional healthcare chaplain will be presented in an integrated approach, which fosters the application of concepts as they are introduced.
Students interested in the combined program should familiarize themselves with both the Master of Divinity program and Lancaster General Hospital’s CPE program. Prospective students must apply to both programs and be accepted by both programs in order to be eligible. A limited number of spaces for the program are available per year.
94 Credits Required for Graduation
General Requirements (4 or 7 credits)
Opening Formation Retreat in September
Comprehensive Vocation Review
Cross-Cultural Seminar (option of 3 credits)
Ministry Seminars: 4 credits (MS 106 & MS 107)
Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) (16 credits)
Integrative Final Project Seminar (1 credit)
Coursework (70 or 73 credits)
Foundational Courses: 49 credits
PT 160 Ministry of Chaplaincy: 1 credit
PL 220 Communication Skills for Pastoral Care: 2 credits
General Electives: 9 or 12 credits
Specialized Electives: 9 credits from the following:
This program will allow students to complete their MDIV degree and 4 units of CPE within 3 years. Students in this specialization will be required to finish their last unit of CPE in the summer following their graduation from LTS. This program will have an acceptance limit of 4 students per year. Successful applicants must apply to both programs and be accepted by both programs in order to be eligible. Because the intent of this program is to get graduates into chaplain positions more efficiently, it is intended for full-time students. However, if space is available and acceptance into the specialization is approved by both institutions, part-time students may become eligible.
**Persons interested must apply separately to both programs.**
To apply to the MDiv program, click here.
To apply to the LGH CPE program click here.
 94 credits total. Successful candidates must be accepted into both programs in order to be eligible for this specialization. Applicants must hold a Bachelor of Arts Degree.
 Board Certification is administered by the Association for Professional Chaplains (APC). Students seeking certification are responsible for making sure that they meet the criteria of APC.
 Additional specialized electives may also be offered.