Master of Biblical Studies for Chaplaincy

The purpose of the Master of Biblical Studies for Chaplaincy (MBSC) is the preparation of chaplains for advancing the gospel to the military community, as well as hospitals, prisons, and other civic institutions which use chaplains. The MBSC prepares chaplains with an approach similar to that taken by the Master of Divinity program, mindful that today’s chaplain must be capable of pastoral-type duties, counseling, public speaking, and leadership in a post-Christian and post-modern culture.

The MBSC is open to qualified men with a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent from an approved four-year college or university. Continuation in the program is based upon maintaining a 2.3 (C+) grade point average. Candidates for the MBSC degree must meet all graduation requirements listed in the seminary catalog.

Learning Outcomes

The graduating Master of Biblical Studies for Chaplaincy student will be able to:

Interpret the biblical text with sound methodological principles and practices.
2. Demonstrate competency in the use and application of biblical Greek.
3. Communicate theology in a manner consistent with the biblical text.
4. Employ principles of biblical counseling in a variety of contexts.
5. Apply a biblical and theological framework to the military chaplaincy ministry.

MBSC Curriculum

Christian Ministry & Communication

Mission & Evangelism

Introduction to Biblical Counseling

Issues in Counseling

Counseling for the Home

Principles of Preaching

Preaching Practicum

Pastoral Practice

18 credit hours





Biblical Theology & Exegesis


OT Introduction

NT Introduction

Greek Grammar 1 & 2

Greek Exegetical Method 1 & 2

Greek Exegesis (e.g., Exegesis of Thessalonians)

24 credit hours






Historical & Systematic Theology

Baptist History & Polity

Reformation & Modern Christianity

Theological Method, God, & Scripture

Man, Sin, & Holy Spirit

Christ & Salvation 

Church & End Times

MBSC Theology Seminar

21 credit hours






Introduction to the Military Chaplaincy

Military Chaplaincy Ministry

Chaplain as Staff Officer

9 credit hours






72 credit hours


1. Applicants must have completed a four-year undergraduate degree or its equivalent from an accredited school. Applicants from non-accredited schools will be evaluated on an individual basis.
2. A minimum college cumulative grade point average of 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale). Applicants with a college cumulative grade point average below 2.4 (on a 4.0 scale) may be accepted on a probationary basis.
3. VBTS views the chaplaincy as a spiritual leadership role that is most closely related to the role of a pastor. For this reason, and in keeping with the prerequisites for the Master of Divinity, the seminary makes this program available to men only.

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