Interreligious Chaplaincy Program

Interreligious Chaplaincy: Program Overview

The first of its kind, GTU’s Interreligious Chaplaincy Program (ICP) equips leaders to practice spiritual care among diverse populations. The program offers students who have previously earned a bachelor’s degree the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Interreligious Chaplaincy. 

Spiritual care is a vital need to practice chaplaincy in traditional and non-traditional settings, including hospitals, universities, prisons, the military, immigration, family and social services, disaster relief, airports, and corporations. This program prepares you to effectively serve persons from diverse religious backgrounds in a wide variety of situations and life stages. Coursework will incorporate practical spiritual care, counseling, and theology taught in an interreligious environment. The ICP is accredited and fulfills a requirement for board certification (BCC). The ICP works closely with the GTU's Centers for Jewish, Dharma, and Islamic Studies and with affiliate institutions to increase the competency of chaplaincy students in traditions underrepresented among institutional chaplains.

Application Requirements for Interreligious Chaplaincy Certificate

  • Must hold an accredited bachelor's degree.
  • All applicants must submit official transcripts to the Admissions Office.
  • International students who have not earned a degree from an English-speaking institution are required to submit official TOEFL scores with an expected minimum score of 79 (internet-based). 
  • Letter of recommendation from a peer in the spiritual care field, a religious leader, or a faculty advisor.

For non-California residents, participation in this online program for a Certificate in Interreligious Chaplaincy may be subject to another state’s limitations. Visit our State Authorization page for more information. 

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Please see the most up-to-date Certificate (per credit) tuition rates HERE

The ICP Jewish Studies Fellowship, made possible through the generous donation of The Taube Foundation, offers a scholarship that provides tuition support for courses in the Certificate in Interreligious Chaplaincy for students affiliated with the Center for Jewish Studies. Meet past recipients.

The ICP Hindu Studies Fellowship, offered in coordination with the Motwani Jadeja Foundation (MJF) and the Hindu Spiritual Care Institute (HSCI), offers tuition grants for students in the GTU's Interreligious Chaplaincy Program who are taking courses in the Hindu Tradition. Learn more and apply here.

Watch our interfaith, inter-spiritual ceremony to commemorate the National Day of Prayer, presented by the students and faculty of the GTU's Interreligious Chaplaincy Program.

The ICP Program

The Interreligious Chaplaincy Program offers asynchronous and synchronous distant education. Post-bachelor’s students are encouraged to apply for the ICP.

Course Requirements

The Certificate in Interreligious Chaplaincy is a virtual 24-credit program that offers courses in the art and practice of spiritual care in an interreligious environment.  

ICP Courses as Electives

The Interreligious Chaplaincy Certificate welcomes students from the GTU centers of religious studies and any GTU affiliate to take ICP courses as electives.

Explore our comprehensive responses to frequently asked questions about ICP

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact

For more information on the Interreligious Chaplaincy program, contact Dr. Kamal Abu-Shamsieh, program director, at kshamsieh@gtu.edu. For infomation about applying to the GTU, contact admissions@gtu.edu.

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