Master of Divinity
Each seminary offers a four-year academic and professional degree program, including a one year internship, which meets the normal academic requirements for ordination in the ELCA. A bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university is normally required for admission.
Master of Arts / Master of Theological Studies
These two-year post-baccalaureate programs may be oriented toward academic and practical preparation for lay ministries in the church or toward the academic study of theological disciplines. Some seminaries offer specialized programs in aspects of ministry such as youth and family, music or Christian education.
Master of Theology / Master of Sacred Theology
These degree programs build on the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts programs and provide a fuller mastery of one area or discipline of theological study.
Doctor of Ministry
ELCA seminaries in all three clusters offer this advanced professional degree program for pastors and rostered lay leaders who have completed a first professional degree and have served in ministry for at least three years.
Doctor of Theology
Three ELCA seminaries offer the Ph.D./Th.D., the most advanced academic degree. These programs are intended primarily to equip persons for vocations of teaching and research in theological schools or for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice.