Degrees Offered & Applications
Which degree is right for you?
Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity Degree (M.DIV.) is a three-year program (92 credit hours) that prepares persons for ordained ministry. The degree shapes the entire person for faithful service to the church and the world through a balanced and in-depth study of religious heritage, cultural context, personal and spiritual formation, and ministerial and public leadership.
Master of Arts Religion
The Master of Arts Religion Degree (M.A.R.) is a two-year program (55 credit hours) that provides instruction in the broad range of theological disciplines. M.A.R. students take a core of theological classes and specialize in one or more areas to fit their personal goals.
Master of Arts in Christian Ministry
The Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (M.A.C.M.) degree is a two-year program (55 credit hours) that enables graduates to serve in a number of ministry areas, depending on the specific credentialing requirements within their denominations. These may include but are not limited to Directors of Christian Education, Youth Ministry, Youth and Family Ministry, Chaplaincy, and Directors of Faith-based Non-profit organizations. The M.A.C.M. provides the necessary educational and formational requirements for ELCA students desiring rostering as Associate in Ministry, Diaconal Minister, or Deaconess. (This degree was formerly known as the M.A.R. Christian Ministry Track)
Master of Sacred Theology
The Master of Sacred Theology Degree (S.T.M.) is a one-year program (24 credit hours) for advanced study within a particular theological discipline. The program is open to students of all denominations and may serve a variety of aims: to further graduate study in preparation for doctoral work, to prepare one for teaching a particular theological discipline, to enhance ministerial practice, or to provide disciplined reflection on a specialized function of ministry. Applicants for the STM program must hold a Masters degree in religion or theological studies from an accredited institution.
*Other degrees are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and are offered through the University's School of Theology. These degrees are not accredited by the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) and therefore not offered through Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary.