A professional chaplain has training, adheres to a code of ethics, and is accountable to the institution in which she or he serves. The Association of Muslim Chaplains recommends a combination of graduate level religious studies, traditional Islamic sciences education, and at least one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education. Familiarity with American culture and counseling skills are also important.

Association for Clinical Pastoral Education (ACPE)

American Islamic College*
M.Div. in Islamic Studies

Claremont Lincoln’s Bayan Institute
M.Div. Islamic Chaplaincy

Hartford Seminary’s Islamic Chaplaincy Program
M.A. Islamic Studies & Christian-Muslim Relations with a G.C. in Islamic Chaplaincy

Additionally, the following programs offer graduate level chaplaincy training abroad for those looking to work or study in Canada or Europe:

Emmanuel College (Canada)*
M.A. in Pastoral Studies – Muslim Studies

Markfield Institute (U.K.)
M.A. in Muslim Chaplaincy

University of Rotterdam (Netherlands)
M.A. Islamic Spiritual Care

University of Tuebingen (Germany)
M.A. in Practical Islamic Theology for Chaplaincy and Social Work

*These programs are currently only on the track to accreditation, insha’Allah they will be there soon