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.
Fall Start: July 1
Spring Start: December 1
|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|