Program Details: Chaplaincy Institute and Starr King School for the Ministry Joint Program for Interfaith Chaplaincy


The Chaplaincy Institute and Starr King School for the Ministry Joint Program for Interfaith Chaplaincy

The Chaplaincy Institute (ChI) and Starr King School for the Ministry (SKSM) have aligned to integrate ChI’s Interfaith Studies’ Certificate into Starr King’s  accredited Master’s Degree (Masters of Divinity or Masters of Arts in Social Change) program, thereby providing a pathway for students to meet both the educational and ecclesiastical requirements for certification as a professional chaplain. The following are the details of how the program is structured:

Collaborative Curriculum, Credits Awarded

Through the affiliation, ChI and SKSM agree to admit students jointly, allowing students to pursue both a ChI Interfaith Studies Certificate and an SKSM M.Div. or M.A.S.C. degree concurrently, with the ChI certificate as an integral component of earning their SKSM degree.   A total of 18 credits toward meeting the requirements of an SKSM M.Div. or M.A.S.C. degree will be awarded to students who commit to and complete the full ChI program as part of their SKSM degree.

Admission and Enrollment

In the preferred and usual circumstances, it is expected and encouraged that a student will apply for joint admission prior to beginning either program. Mutually agreeable procedures have been instituted to cover exceptions:

  • If an SKSM student who has completed part of their SKSM M.Div. or M.A.S.C. degree wishes to apply for admission to the ChI Interfaith Studies Certificate Program, this is possible by joint agreement of the two institutions. In general terms, this is possible only in cases where the student still needs 18 or more credit hours to complete their SKSM degree and has a clear vocational plan to become an Interfaith Chaplain. Please contact Rev. Christopher Schelin, Director of Contextual Information, for information about applying.
  • Reciprocally, if a ChI student who has completed part or the entire ChI program wishes to apply for admission to an SKSM Master’s program (M.Div. or M.A.S.C.); the student will be welcome to do so. If admitted, SKSM will specify the academic credit and a proportional tuition reduction for the part of the ChI program that the ChI student has completed.

We look forward to continuing to enhance our ability to be of service to and support those who are on the path to religious leadership.

For more information, please contact ChI’s Vicki Weiland at / 925-588-6189 or SKSM’s Shirley Liu at / (510) 549-4706.