Master of Christian Counselling

Degree Programs

Chesapeake Seminary offers two professional degrees, Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R,) and Master of Divinity (M.Div.). Within the Master of Arts in Religion students may concentrate either on a pastoral (PS), special studies(SS), or general studies(GS) track. Each program is specifically designed to meet the preparation needs of men and women for a wide range of ministry callings.


In addition, five certificate programs are available for men and women seeking greater competency in a specific area of training, but who may not wish to pursue a formal academic degree.

The Master of Christian Counseling program provides students with profound knowledge and practical understandings of Christian counseling through biblical studies, as well as marriage and family course works.  This program is helpful for persons who will be serving on church staffs in non-ordained lay positions.  This program requires completion of 60 credit hour course works for graduation: 54 credit hours in required core courses, 6 credits in electives.

Spiritual Life

In addition to academic degrees, Chesapeake Seminary offers a Certificate in Theological Studies in five areas of concentration. Each course of study is taught at a graduate level and is designed to meet the continuing education and training needs of lay men and women in local churches. All credits earned in a certificate program may be used to satisfy the requirements of degree programs at Chesapeake Seminary, where applicable. The Certificate in Theological Studies requires the completion of 30 credits. Areas of concentration are available in Biblical Studies, Church Ministries, Theological Studies, Counseling, and Missions and Evangelism.  The Program for the Certificate in Theological Studies

One of the strengths of the Chesapeake church-based model of seminary education is that the student’s life in Christ continues to be nurtured and developed in the context of the life and ministry of his or her local church. Our presumption is that the local church is always the primary context of spiritual growth for our students. However, we also believe that Chesapeake can be a servant to the local church in this area as well. Our concern is that we not create "men without chests," (to use C.S. Lewis' colorful phrase) individuals whose hands (intellect) seem bigger than the ordinary only because the atrophy of their chests (the heart) makes them seem so. Skill in properly interpreting Scripture is rooted as much in the classroom. [Read More]


Directed Study

Course Description

Grading Policy

Students may complete up to 18 credits in the Master of Arts in Religion and an additional 12 in the Master of Divinity by directed study. For the Certificate in Theological Studies no more than 9 credits may be completed by directed study. [Read More]

Certificate Programs