Provides preparation for the ordained ministry of the church
90 semester hours of coursework
- 53 hours in core courses, including 15 hours in the Bible Division, 18 hours in the History-Theology-Society Division, 17 hours in the Ministry Division, and 3 hours of integrative coursework.
- Option courses: Six semester hours must be earned in this way in the Bible Division; five or six in the History-Theology-Society Division; and six in the Ministry Division.
- Students may use elective course work to concentrate in one area of interest, or may make selections from offerings in all divisions.
- At least two January Term courses.
Hebrew I and Greek I are required of all M.Div. candidates.
For the sake of the mission of the church, all graduates of the Master of Divinity program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary are able to:
- Use appropriately the resources of scripture and the church’s historical and theological tradition.
- Proclaim and communicate effectively the gospel in oral and written forms.
- Read and interpret critically contexts of mission and ministry.
- Provide capable pastoral leadership in both ministry settings and the public realm.
- Engage competently and sensitively a diverse and globalized world.
- Demonstrate a healthy and resilient faith.
Areas of Concentration
- The Bible in Mission and Ministry
- Leadership for a Missional Church
- Youth and Family Ministry
- Christian Spirituality
- The Church in a Diverse World
- Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) at a certified CPE site. CPE programs typically involve 400 hours of clinical experience and may be completed in the summer.
- Ministry in Context (MIC) in the ELCA student’s first two years of study.
- Internship, internship/residency, or other parish-based contextual experience under the auspices and supervision of the seminary; usually completed between the second and third years of academic study.