United Theological Seminary

Master of Divinity in Lutheran Studies

The Master of Divinity in Lutheran Studies prepares you for pastoral ministry or other rostered leadership within the Lutheran Church. This particular program is designed around the ELCA requirements for seminary preparation and includes a “Lutheran year” or equivalent of coursework which can be taken at Luther Seminary in St. Paul, MN.

This program may be a good fit for you if you plan to pursue a career in ordained ministry as a rostered leader in the Lutheran Church (ELCA) including, but not limited to, such roles as a pastor in a local congregation or as a chaplain in a hospital or other professional or ministerial setting.

This program is offered in partnership with Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. See the Luther Seminary catalog on their website for the schedule of required courses that can be taken at a distance.

CONCENTRATION LEARNING OUTCOMES

In addition to achieving the core MDiv degree learning outcomes, a graduate of the Lutheran Studies program will be able to:

  • demonstrate skills for effective, professional, ethical, and compassionate pastoral and spiritual care to a diversity of persons;
  • articulate strategies for effective, professional, ethical, and compassionate pastoral and spiritual care to a diversity of persons;
  • craft, deliver, and reflect on a sermon or public address that demonstrates effective speaking form/style and content based on a selected context; and
  • demonstrate competence in Systematic Theology and Christian Ministry Praxis (see Luther Seminary).

 

UNITED’S MDIV IN LUTHERAN STUDIES AT A GLANCE

  • 72 credits
  • Twenty-four 3-credit courses, including two field experiences
  • Final thesis or project not required, but you can use an elective to pursue either
  • Can be completed in three years if you take a full-time course load (24 credits per year)
  • Most MDiv concentrations, including Lutheran Studies, can be completed entirely via distance learning

Program Guide Sheet

LEARNING OUTCOME
NUMBER OF COURSES
COURSES
Religious Texts 4
Hebrew Bible 1: Orientation
Hebrew Bible 2: Contextualized Interpretation
New Testament 1: Epistles, Acts, and Revelation
New Testament 2: Four Gospels
Theological Tradition 4
Religious and Theological Interpretation
History of Christian Theologies
Lutheran Confessional Writings*
Constructive Theology
Ethics/Justice 2
Christian Ethics
Choose one:
Queer and Trans Theologies
Black and Womanist Theologies
Formation 2
Introduction to Spiritual and Personal Formation
Organizational Leadership and Administration
Cultural Contextualization 1
Choose one:
Global Christianities
World Religions
Arts and Theology 1
Choose one:
History of Arts and Theology
Art, Religion, and Contemporary Culture
Social Transformation 1 Leadership and Strategies for Social Change
Integration 1 Capstone Seminar
CORE SUBTOTAL
16
Vocational Contextualization & Skills 8
Introduction to Pastoral and Spiritual Care
Preaching and Your Public Voice
Public Worship*
Congregational Internship* (6 credits)
CPE Internship
Two Luther Seminary electives*
CONCENTRATION SUBTOTAL
8
DEGREE TOTAL
24
* Courses completed in affiliation status with Luther Seminary. Consult with Synod Candidacy Committee/Luther Seminary.

 

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