Community Transformation and Chaplaincy, M.A.

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The aim of the Master of Arts, Community Transformation and Chaplaincy (MACTC) is to provide students with an advanced theological education and field experience for Community and Clinical Chaplaincy. This degree is designed for those seeking further education and training for chaplaincy board certification and careers in chaplaincy.

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To this end, a graduate of the Community Transformation and Chaplaincy degree will demonstrate the competencies required to:

  1. Develop and articulate a theology of spiritual care and pastoral practice;
  2. Evaluate, develop, and apply leadership methods and skills for community transformation;
  3. Evaluate ways in which the church engages in Great Commission application in its life and mission to the world;
  4. Develop the capacities for personal faith, emotional maturity and moral integrity that are requisite to a life of chaplaincy and ministerial leadership.

PBA’s School of Ministry is an evangelical and multi-denominational academic community that provides an innovative seminary education anchored in the areas of Bible, biblical languages, Christian history and theology, practical theology, and hands-on ministry. Instructors in the MACTC program teach from a confessional, Christ-centered perspective and affirm the World Evangelical Alliance Statement of Faith. All students are required to abide by the student code of conduct, as discussed in the Navigator (student handbook).

Structure and Delivery

The MACTC degree provides courses in four primary categories (Trauma and Spirituality, Transformational Leadership, Culture and Context, and Clinical Pastoral Education). MACTC students are encouraged to spend their first year completing all non-CPE courses plus one unit of CPE and spend their second year completing the final three units of CPE in a residency program or otherwise. After completing the course work along with four units of Clinical Pastoral Education, students will be eligible to pursue board certification through ACPE.

Remote-Synchronous model: In order to offer classes and experiences to students throughout South Florida and beyond, all CTC specific courses are offered in a remote synchronous format.

Program Length

The MACTC is designed to be a two year program (6-9 credit hours each semester), but it is possible to complete the MACTC degree requirements in one and a half years (9 credit hours each semester, including Summer courses), depending on the rotation of course offerings and availability of CPE site placements.

Because courses are offered on a rotation, students must work closely with their academic advisor to determine the best personalized registration schedule.


The admission requirements and process may be found in the relevant Admissions section of the Graduate and Pharmacy Catalog.

Degree Requirements

The MACTC (36 credit hours) degree requirements are as follows: two courses in Inter-Cultural Studies (6 credit hours), three courses in Trauma and Spirituality (9 credit hours), three courses in Transformational Leadership (9 credit hours), and 4 Units of Clinical Pastoral Education (12 credit hours)

Students with a bachelor’s degree in a ministry-related field are given the opportunity to avoid all redundant introductory coursework because PBA’s MACTC begins at the advanced level. At the same time, students without a bachelor’s degree in a ministry-related field are able to gain a solid foundation by completing up to 12 credit hours of undergraduate, prerequisite coursework (developed on a case-by-case basis) in areas of Bible, History of Christianity, and Systematic Theology. These courses are offered in traditional daytime, evening, online, and synchronous Zoom formats. Students must achieve a final grade of at least a “C” on each required prerequisite course. Any student who wishes to take an MACTC course before completing their required prerequisite coursework must (a) have completed the prerequisite coursework necessary for taking the relevant MACTC course, and (b) be granted approval from the Assistant Dean for Graduate Programs. Students are limited to no more than 3 credit hours of Directed and/or Independent Study coursework over the course of their degree.

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