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Diploma for OUSC Program (NALS)

Diploma for OUSC Program (NALS)

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

Application Deadlines

Fall Start: July 1

Spring Start: December 1

The Curriculum

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