Degree: Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) in Chaplaincy

Duration:  Two years


Programme Rationale

The Postgraduate Diploma in Chaplaincy is a response to the dire need for trained and effective chaplains for various institutions.  It has emphasis in theoretical understandings of diverse groups of human beings, the issues they face in modern society, and understanding the roles and responsibilities of those working in the chaplaincy area.   


The course aims to offer vocational emphasis in chaplaincy, which develops practical skills and theoretical foundations for those working as chaplains with a range of people within various institutional contexts.


Entry Requirements

The formal requirement for admission to the Postgraduate Diploma in Chaplaincy is a good first degree from a recognized institution of higher learning.  The candidate should be a mature Christian, have a demonstrated passion for serving in the chaplaincy, have a strong recommendation from his/her church or institution, with a commitment to deploy after his/her training.

Programme Description

Programme Load

The Uganda Christian University Postgraduate Diploma in Chaplaincy programme is a modular progamme in which the students come for three weeks of classroom lectures that culminate in examinations.  Assignments are done in the interim weeks.


Programme Description

The Uganda Christian University Postgraduate Diploma in Chaplaincy programme duration is three modules.


Each of the courses for the DMin mission track carries 6 credit units:

  • Congregational Development
  • Pastoral Care and Counseling in Contemporary African Society (elective)
  • Evangelical Doctrine for Pluralistic Communities (elective)
  • Trends in Contemporary Christian Mission
  • Themes in Biblical Theology


Course Details

Curriculum Structure

The detailed curriculum structure for the Postgraduate Diploma in Chaplaincy programme is outlined in the table below showing the Course Names, Course Codes, Lecture and Practical Hours (L/PH), and Credit Units (CU) per semester. 






Module One


Foundations of Understanding Children and Youth Ministry




Christian Ethics




Introduction to Counseling


Mission and Discipleship




Module Two




Advocacy, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution


Christian Doctrine/Systematic Theology




Biblical Basis for Chaplaincy




Leadership and Management




Module Three      

The Care, Counseling, and Guidance of Various Groups




Communication Skills




Worship and Preaching



New Religious Movements and Cults







NB:  Students' performance will be evaluated by continuous assessment and examinations.  A student will be required to submit not less than two assignments per semester, and coursework will be weighed 50%, and examinations will be weighed 50%.


Career Information

Graduates of the Postgraduate Diploma in Chaplaincy are able to serve as chaplains in schools, hospitals, or prisons.