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Diploma in Lutheran Studies (NALS)

Diploma in Lutheran Studies (NALS)

The Diploma in Lutheran Studies (DLS) is designed to provide preparation for Word and Sacrament Ministry for seminarians who have attended non-Lutheran seminaries and who are now preparing for ordination in the NALC.  The program is run by the NALS at their seminary center, housed at Trinity School for Ministry.


The DLS program is 30 credits.  The DLS can be completed entirely in residence at Trinity’s Ambridge campus, online, or through a combination of online and residential components.    There is no residency requirement for the DLS.


Residential students generally take 4-5 courses per term in Fall and Spring, supplementing as desired with January & June intensives.  Most residential students graduate after 2 years of full-time study.  Hybrid/online students generally take 1-2 courses per term in Fall, Spring, and Summer, supplementing as desired with January & June intensives.  Most online students graduate after 2-3 years of part-time study.


Application Deadlines

Fall Start: July 1

Spring Start: December 1

The Curriculum


Systematic Theology (15 credits) Church History (6 credits)
ST540 Creeds & Catechisms: An Introduction to Theological Thinking CH670 Modern Church (Lutheran focus)
ST550 Lutheran Confessions CH680 Theology & Writings of Martin Luther
ST660 Introduction to Theology I Pastoral Theology (9 credits)
ST670 Introduction to Theology II PT550 Homiletics I
ST755 Christian Ethics in the Lutheran Tradition PT670 Introduction to Lutheran Liturgy
PT700 Spiritual Formation: Catechesis & Discipleship