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Master of Arts

Use your gifts to serve the church and world

The two-year master’s programs at Luther Seminary are designed to educate and equip God’s people who are called to a variety of vocations in the world and in the church.

As a M.A. student, you will have the opportunity to study alongside other master's-level students. Through such interactions, you will expand your understanding of your own concentration areas while gaining appreciation of the gifts, callings and vocations of your peers.

Professional M.A. degree concentrations

Congregational and Community Care (Pastoral Care)

This specialization is designed to empower students for creative leadership in the ministry of holistic care.

M.A. in Congregational and Community Care coursework brings together theological and psychosocial reflection on multiple dimensions of care --- care of self, care of persons and families, care of congregations, and care of communities.  Students may choose to focus their studies on ministry for and with older adults by taking courses in aging and health.

Children, Youth and Family

Luther Seminary's Children, Youth and Family (CYF) Ministry degree programs integrate theology, theory and practical leadership. Graduates leave powerfully equipped to nurture and strengthen the faith of young people and their families with the gospel of Jesus Christ.

The CYF Ministry concentration provides students with academic courses, community discipleship, and ministry experience that prepares students for leadership in various ministry settings.

M.A. students -- residential or distributed learners -- can choose to pursue a CYF concentration. 

CYF is interested in creative people who desire to think theologically by standing deeply in the lived realities of young people. We believe the cultural and personal realities of younger people (and their families) offer an amazingly rich context to ask big questions about God, church, and the world. The CYF concentration hopes to create a mutual learning environment through Intensive Courses, attention to Community, and integration around Contextual Learning as an environment to explore new ideas. We see CYF as a kind of  laboratory where students can design, rethink, and explore in the context of CYF ministry.

All M.A. in CYF students are engaged in leadership in contextual ministry site. Residential CYF students typically work part-time in a ministry position in the Twin Cities. Distributed CYF students work part- or full-time in a ministry position in their area.

Find out more information about the Children, Youth and Family program and its curriculum.

Congregational Mission and Leadership

(Includes: Congregational Leadership, Educational Leadership, Rural Ministry, Urban Ministry)

Denominational and congregational leaders across the U.S. are asking for seminary graduates who can help lead church renewal in the 21 st century world. A concentration in Congregational Mission and Leadership (CML) helps prepare students for leadership in any setting. The CML curriculum introduces students to:

  • The dynamics of organizational change
  • Addressing conflict
  • Equipping leadership
  • Principles for congregational renewal and revitalization
  • The theology and practice of evangelism
  • Strategies for new church planting
  • The biblical and theological foundations for mission.

Congregational Mission and Leadership is one of the strategic directions Luther Seminary is emphasizing in its effort to educate leaders for mission in God's world. Four key themes have emerged regarding educating leaders at Luther Seminary:

  • Context matters
  • Mission is central
  • Christian communities are the focus
  • Leadership is essential

Academic M.A. degree concentrations

Luther Seminary offers various specializations and courses of study for those interested in pursuing further graduate studies in this field, and for those who wish to use this concentration as a grounding for specific congregational or community service. The Academic M.A. degree concentrations that Luther offers include:

Master of Arts (Old Testament)

This specialization is designed for those with an interest in Old Testament and for those who wish to use this concentration as a grounding for specific congregational or community service.

Master of Arts (New Testament)

This specialization is designed for those with an interest in New Testament and for those who wish to use this concentration as a grounding for specific congregational or community service.

Master of Arts (History of Christianity)

This specialization is designed for those with an interest in the history of Christianity and for those who wish to use this concentration as a grounding for specific congregational or community service.

Master of Arts (Systematic Theology)

This specialization is designed for those with an interest in systematic theology and for those who wish to use this concentration as a grounding for specific congregational or community service.

Master of Arts (Studies in Lutheran Ministries)

This program provides Lutheran theological training for those preparing for ministry in a Lutheran setting. Coursework grounds students in Lutheran theology and tradition, and the implications for biblical interpretation and various forms of ministry.

One track is for students who are involved or plan to be involved in ministry in an ELCA context as Associates in Ministry (AiMs), Synodically Authorized Ministers (SAMs), diaconal ministers, musicians, para-church professionals and non-profit leaders.

The affiliated track is for students who have an M.Div. degree from a non-ELCA seminary and need to complete an ELCA internship as well as one year of residence (10.0 credits) at a Lutheran seminary in preparation for ordination in the ELCA.

For more detailed information about admission requirements for the M.A. program, please visit our Apply Now.