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Master of Divinity (MDiv) – Lutheran (NALS)


Master of Divinity (MDiv) – Lutheran (NALS)

The Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) prepares students for ordained ministry or other specialized leadership roles. This course of study is both academic and professional, covering the fields of Biblical Studies, Church History, Systematic Theology, Missions, and Pastoral Care.

The MDiv program is 90 credits.  The MDiv can be completed entirely in residence at our Ambridge campus; up to ⅔ of the MDiv can be completed through online courses and/or intensives.  A residential requirement of 30 credits (equivalent to one year of full-time study) is required at the end of the online program.

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 3-4 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 5-7 years of part-time study.

A Lutheran Track in partnership with the North American Lutheran Seminary (NALS), and a Presbyterian track in partnership with the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) are also available.

Application Deadlines

Fall Start: July 1

Spring Start: December 1


The Curriculum – Lutheran Track – in partnership with the NALS

Biblical Interpretation & Languages (18 credits) Systematic Theology (15 credits)
BI500 Biblical Interpretation ST540 Creeds & Catechisms
BL631 Hebrew I ST550 Lutheran Confessions
BL632 Hebrew II ST660 Introduction to Theology I (Lutheran Focus)
BL651 Greek I ST670 Introduction to Theology II (Lutheran Focus)
BL652 Greek II ST755 Christian Ethics in the Lutheran Tradition
OT700 or NT700 Hebrew or Greek Exegesis Pastoral Theology (21 credits)
Biblical Studies (12 credits) PT550 Homiletics I
OT500 Introduction to Old Testament PT650 Homiletics II
NT500 Introduction to New Testament PT670 Introduction to Lutheran Liturgy
OT6xx Old Testament Elective PT700 Spiritual Formation: Catechesis & Discipleship
NT6xx New Testament Elective PT710 Pastoral Care & Counseling
Church History (12 credits) PT770 Pastoral Leadership
CH625 Early Church History PT Elective (Choose one course from PTST740, PT645, PTST750)
CH635 Medieval & Early Modern Church History Electives (6 credits)
CH670 Modern Church (Lutheran Focus) Elective 1 Elective 2
CH680 The Theology & Writings of Martin Luther Non-Academic Degree Requirements
Mission (6 credits) Ministry Apprenticeship English Bible Exam
ME500 Introduction to World Mission Cross-Cultural Immersion Liturgical Practica
ME600 Mission & Evangelism: Church Planting Other requirements listed in the Academic Catalog