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Graduate Theology Programs

Certification through the NACC requires applicants to have graduate education in theology, divinity, religious studies, pastoral, ministry, pastoral studies, or spirituality from an academic institution accredited by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Academic requirements for certification are as follows:

  • Board Certified Chaplain (BCC) – Graduate degree or equivalent (32 Graduate credits or more)
  • Board Certification for Veterans Affairs (BCC-VA) – Graduate degree or equivalent (32 Graduate credits or more)
  • Certified Associate Chaplain (CAC) – 18 Graduate credits or equivalent

Individuals who are discerning certification with the NACC may consider attending one of the following academic institutions to fulfill their academic prerequisites for certification. These schools partner with the NACC as Education Collaborators to help students take their next steps toward a career in chaplaincy. The schools and programs listed below have been vetted by the NACC and have degree or certificate programs that satisfy NACC requirements.

Click on the school name below for details about program offerings, how they satisfy NACC requirements, and school contact information.

Academic Institution Program Delivery
Boston College School of Theology and Ministry
(Chestnut Hill, MA)
On Campus, Hybrid, and Online
Fordham University
(Bronx, NY)
On Campus and Online
Franciscan School of Theology at the University of San Diego
(San Diego, CA)
On Campus and Online
Holy Apostles College and Seminary
(Cromwell, CT)
Loyola Marymount University
(Los Angeles, CA)
Loyola University Chicago
(Chicago, IL)
On Campus and Online
Loyola University New Orleans
(New Orleans, LA)
On Campus and Online
Madonna University
(Livonia, MI)
On Campus and Online
Saint Joseph’s College
(Standish, ME)
Santa Clara University Graduate Program in Pastoral Ministries
(Santa Clara, CA)
On Campus, Hybrid, Online
St. John’s University
(Collegeville, MN)
On Campus and Online
St. Norbert College
(De Pere, WI and Albuquerque, NM)
On Campus
University of Dallas/Neuhoff Institute for Ministry and Evangelization
(Irving, TX)
On Campus
University of Saint Mary of the Lake
(Mundelein, IL)
On Campus and Online
Villanova University
(Villanova, PA)
On Campus