Master of Divinity

Provides preparation for the ordained ministry of the church

Academic Requirements

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.
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Language Requirement

Hebrew I and Greek I are required of all M.Div. candidates.

Degree Outcomes

For the sake of the mission of the church, all graduates of the Master of Divinity program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary are able to:
  1. Use appropriately the resources of scripture and the church’s historical and theological tradition.
  2. Proclaim and communicate effectively the gospel in oral and written forms.
  3. Read and interpret critically contexts of mission and ministry.
  4. Provide capable pastoral leadership in both ministry settings and the public realm.
  5. Engage competently and sensitively a diverse and globalized world.
  6. Demonstrate a healthy and resilient faith.


Areas of Concentration

  1. The Bible in Mission and Ministry
  2. Leadership for a Missional Church
  3. Youth and Family Ministry
  4. Christian Spirituality
  5. The Church in a Diverse World

Contextual Requirements

  1. 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.
  2. Ministry in Context (MIC) in the ELCA student’s first two years of study.
  3. 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.