The OUSC Diploma is designed for students in the Ordination Under Special Circumstances program with the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). This course of study is both academic and professional, covering the fields of Biblical Studies, Systematic Theology, Church History, and Pastoral Theology, as well as focusing on the NALC Core Values.
The OUSC Diploma program is 42 credits and can be transferred into an MAR or MDiv upon completion. The Diploma can be completed entirely in residence at Trinity’s Ambridge campus or online with the Core Values courses being offered in the June intensives.
Residential students generally take 4-5 courses per term in Fall and Spring, supplemented with two NALC Core Values courses in the June intensives. Most residential students graduate after 1.5-2 years of full-time study. Online students generally take 1-2 courses per term in Fall, Spring, and Summer, supplementing as needed with January & June intensives. Most online students graduate after 2-3 years of part-time study.
Students interested in the OUSC diploma must first be recommended by the OUSC Committee prior to applying to the NALS and to Trinity. To initiate that process, please contact the Rev. Patti Morlock at email@example.com.
Fall Start: July 1
Spring Start: December 1
|Biblical Studies (9 credits)||Church History (3 credits)|
|BI500||Biblical Interpretation||CH600||Introduction to Church History|
|OT500||Introduction to Old Testament||Pastoral Theology (9 credits)|
|NT500||Introduction to New Testament||PT550||Homiletics I|
|Systematic Theology (15 credits)||PT650||Homiletics II|
|ST540||Creeds & Catechisms: An Introduction to Theological Thinking||PT700||Spiritual Formation: Catechesis & Discipleship|
|ST550||Lutheran Confessions||NALC Core Values Courses (6 credits)|
|ST660||Introduction to Theology I||Students take two of four values-themed courses offered in the June intensives|
|ST670||Introduction to Theology II||Christ Centered||Mission Driven|
|ST755||Christian Ethics in the Lutheran Tradition||Traditionally Grounded||Congregationally Focused|
|Non-Academic Degree Requirements|
|Lutheran Liturgical Practica||Available online and/or in conjunction with June intensive courses.||Biblical Languages Practica||Available online – TBD|