Students at commencement

Dual Degrees

Integrate areas of study

Luther Seminary’s dual-degree programs in Marriage and Family Therapy (with St. Mary’s University) and Social Work (with Augsburg College) offer you the opportunity to pursue theological studies that complement a vocation in social work or therapy.

Find more detailed information about how to apply for the M.A. Dual Degree programs.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy | M.A. in Theology

(partnering with Saint Mary's University of Minnesota)

Become a theologically-based counselor. Enroll in this dual-degree program, combining the strength of the marriage and family therapy program at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota with the solid theological foundation of a Luther Seminary education.

The program prepares students to take the state licensure exam in most states as a marriage and family therapist (MFT). Graduates may go on to serve the therapeutic and spiritual needs of individuals, couples and families in public, private and religious settings. Students will gain both a strong psychology education and solid counseling skills in a faith-based context.

At the completion of the program you will receive a:

  • Master of Arts degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from Saint Mary's University of Minnesota

  • Master of Arts degree in Theology from Luther Seminary

Why a dual degree?

The dual degree program offers:

  • A wider range of career options.

  • A wealth of potential field experience sites via links to Luther Seminary's network of partner congregations.

  • Participation in the Saint Mary's University of Minnesota accredited counseling program and a deepening of your theological and spiritual formation.

  • The opportunity to fulfill the theological education requirements for rostering as a diaconal minister in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). *Please contact the Admissions Office at Luther and your synod's Candidacy staff (ELCA) for more information.

  • Preparation to take the state licensure exam in most states: LMFT—Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

The program is one of only two COAMFTE accredited marriage and family therapy programs in the Twin Cities area. It is the only accredited program in the surrounding five-state region that provides students with a theological foundation for their counseling work while preparing them for state licensure.

The dual degree program features instructors from both schools who are leaders in their fields. Full-time students can complete both Master of Arts degree programs in three years.

Depth of Twin Cities educational resources

The Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul offer a wealth of opportunities for students to gain hands-on experience. The area is home to one of the nation's largest social service networks and is internationally renowned for its medical care. It is also home to the country's first center for victims of torture and is an international leader in the treatment of addiction.

Convenient access

Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, (Twin Cities campus, 2500 Park Avenue, Minneapolis, MN, 55408) is located just 10 minutes from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul.

Master of Social Work | M.A. in Theology

(partnering with Augsburg College)

Now you can prepare to serve both the spiritual and social needs of individuals, families and communities in both urban and rural settings. Enroll in Luther and Augsburg's dual-degree program and receive theological training and advanced social work skills. Both institutions have a commitment to social and economic justice, as well as to teamwork in pastoral and human service settings. This program has been approved by the Council on Social Work Education.

  • Integrate the values, skills and knowledge of theology and social work.

  • Discover how to serve people in holistic ways.

  • Learn how to partner with other professionals to meet community and individual needs.

An integrated approach

The dual-degree program offers students the opportunity to explore and imagine interdisciplinary teamwork in faith and human service settings. Students complete a Master of Arts in theology (M.A.) at Luther Seminary. The Master of Social Work (M.S.W.) degree is earned through the Augsburg College Social Work Department. Field placements for the M.S.W. program are coordinated and integrated by both institutions to meet the dual-degree requirements.

Course format and field practicum

Luther Seminary courses are offered on a weekday schedule; Augsburg College courses are offered on a weekend schedule. Students begin with Luther courses for the first year, and then move on to Augsburg courses for the second and third years. The field practicum is incorporated into the Augsburg curriculum and will be in a setting reflective of the dual-degree program. Field practicum hours are in addition to classroom hours and require an average of 15-20 hours per week during the fall and winter trimesters of each year (at Augsburg).

The M.S.W. program follows an intensive weekend format, with classes generally offered on alternating weekends on Friday evenings, Saturday mornings and Saturday afternoons. The academic calendar spans three trimesters: fall, winter and spring.

Convenient access

Augsburg College (2211 Riverside Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55454) is located just seven minutes from Luther Seminary in Saint Paul.