Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity degree program prepares students to be faithful and effective pastors in the 21st century. The four-year program includes one full year of internship.  


Admission to the M.Div. Program

Admission requirements:

  • bachelor's degree with minimum 3.0 GPA
  • a commitment to Christ and his church

Application requirements:

  • three letters of recommendation
  • an autobiographical/faith statement
  • undergraduate transcripts
  • application form

Academic schedulE

View the current academic schedule.

Graduation Requirements

Coursework can be completed by a combination of residential study, distributed learning and learning in context. Graduation Requirements include:

  • 30 courses of study
  • teaching parish contextual education
  • internship

M.Div. Curriculum

Explore the Academic Catalog for information on required and elective courses, organized by department and by class year.

ELCA Candidacy Information

Outlines the requirements for candidacy in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

M.Div. Distributed Learning Program

The Master of Divinity Distributed Learning program (M.Div. DL) allows students to complete the requirements of a full M.Div. degree at Luther Seminary potentially without having to relocate to St. Paul.

Students of Other Traditions

The Student Resource Center at Luther is poised to accompany ecumenical students through their degree and candidacy processes.

Youth and Family Concentration

M.Div. students interested in focusing their pastoral leadership around youth ministry can take a concentration in Children, Youth and Family Ministry.