Programs

How We Teach (& Learn)

United Lutheran Seminary will offer a ground-breaking approach to theological education with its new competency based curriculum. Students will be challenged to integrate and embody their studies in order to gain the abilities necessary for ministry. The curriculum is designed to form dynamic leaders for the church’s future. The curriculum is:

Integrative

Each part of the seminary’s curriculum emphasizes particular aspects of the larger whole of ministry. We do this by integrating classroom studies with fieldwork, by inviting more than one faculty member to play a part in the teaching of each course, and by helping students explore how the good news of Jesus Christ casts each dimension of life in a new light.

Experiential

We learn through diverse forms of experience: verbal and non-verbal, individual and corporate, in the academic classroom and in places of ministry outside the classroom. Education at ULS honors the contributions of multiple forms of experience in forming ministers of the good news of Jesus Christ.

Empowering

United Lutheran Seminary envisions preparing graduates in such a way that they can immediately step into a ministry setting with confidence that they can lead and inspire others.

Degree Programs

MDiv

Master of Divinity (MDiv) Goals: This degree program prepares persons for service in a variety of pastoral settings as ordained pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) or for service in similar leadership positions in other denominations. The program provides the necessary tools and resources for the spiritual, vocational, professional, and theological requirements of pastoral leadership. In the ELCA, the program works in conjunction with the student’s candidacy committee in preparation for rostering as a minister of Word and Sacrament. The degree, normally a four-year program when taken full-time, requires a total of 72 academic credits, as well as non-credit contextual formation experiences. Courses will be offered on both campuses in various formats: residential, hybrid, intensive, and online. Students may complete the degree using a “residency” track or a “distributed learning” track. If the degree is not completed within eight years, the student must petition the faculty for continuance in the degree program. A full listing of competencies is list in the catalog, page 21.

MDiv DL

The Master of Divinity Distributed Learning pathway allows students to complete a Master of Divinity degree without having to relocate to campus. Classes are administered both online and through on campus, week-long, intensives.

Accelerated MDiv Co-op

The Accelerated MDiv Co-op pathway is an innovative partnership between the seminary, congregations, and synods. Co-op Students work 20 hours a week in a congregation while also completing their Master of Divinity coursework leading to a highly integrated learning experience.

MA

Master of Arts (MA) Goals: This degree program is designed to provide students the opportunity to pursue a concentration in an area of theological interest while also providing a broad foundation for further graduate study or for general educational or vocational use. The degree, normally a two year program when taken full-time, requires a total of 51 credits. Courses will be offered on both campuses in various formats: residential, hybrid, intensive, and online. If the degree is not completed within four years, the student must petition the faculty for continuance in the degree program. The MA comes with the possibility of concentrations in a variety of areas. See the catalog for a fuller listing of the competencies expected of those who complete the degree, as well as specific course requirements.

MAML

Master of Arts in Ministerial Leadership (MAML) Goals: This degree program prepares persons for leadership service in the church. In the ELCA, the preparation for service is in conjunction with the student’s candidacy committee in preparation for rostering as a deacon, a minister of Word and Service. The degree, normally a two year program when taken full-time, requires a total of 51 academic credits, as well as non-credit contextual formation experiences. Courses will be offered on both campuses in various formats: residential, hybrid, intensive, and online. If the degree is not completed within four years, the student must petition the faculty for continuance in the degree program. See the catalog for a fuller listing of the competencies expected of those who complete the degree.

MAPL

The Master of Arts in Public Leadership program is designed to provide students with strong a theological grounding, hands on experience, and instruction on the best practices for work in faith-based non-profit organizations. (The MAPL degree is fully accredited by Middle States with final approval by ATS pending)

This degree program is designed to provide students the opportunity to enhance their competencies to serve in faith-based public service agencies. The degree, normally a two year program when taken full-time, requires a total of 51 credits. Courses will be offered on both campuses in various formats: residential, hybrid, intensive, and online. If the degree is not completed within four years, the student must petition the faculty for continuance in the degree program. See the catalog for a fuller listing of the competencies expected of those who complete the degree.

STM

The Master of Sacred Theology (STM) program is designed to provide an opportunity for concentrated study in a given area of theological inquiry for those who have completed a first theological degree. The degree program promotes advanced understanding in a particular theological discipline, increases knowledge and competency for ministry in all of its variety, and provides a foundation for further advanced study. The degree requires 27 credits, including a thesis and thesis defense. Normally undertaken part-time, the degree may be completed within one year if taken full-time. Courses will be offered on both campuses in various formats: residential, hybrid, intensive, and online. If the degree is not completed within six years, the student must petition the faculty for continuance in the degree program. See the catalog for a fuller listing of the competencies expected of those who complete the degree.

DMin

The Doctor of Ministry program is designed for experienced pastors to devote intensive study to a task or issue in the practice of ministry. The DMin degree is fully accredited by Middle States with final approval by ATS pending. This degree program is designed to enhance the practice of ministry for those who have been serving in ordained ministry of Word and Sacrament for at least three years. Students establish individualized learning goals and devote intensive study to some task or issue in the practice of ministry. See the catalog for a fuller listing of the competencies expected of those who complete the degree.

PhD

The Doctor of Philosophy degree is fully accredited by Middle States, with final approval by ATS pending. This degree program equips persons for vocations of teaching and research and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice. Students select major and minor fields of study as the focus of course work and the dissertation.

Applications to the PhD program are not currently being accepted.

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