Program Objectives

The doctor of philosophy (Ph.D.) degree is an advanced research program designed to develop the scholarly leadership of the church throughout the world.

The concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling fosters mastery of the discipline for resourceful and creative teaching and ministry through seminars, graduate courses, faculty/student colloquia, independent research, mastery of languages, clinical experience, and a doctoral dissertation.

The centerpiece of the doctoral program is the divisional seminars which involve a combination of library as well as practical research. In addition to seminars, the doctoral candidate will normally take other graduate level courses in order to meet the specified requirements for the degree.

Expected Outcomes

Through the Ph.D. concentration in Pastoral Care and Counseling, Luther Seminary:

  • Educates and prepares persons who have the skills for academic excellence and passion for pastoral counseling, congregational and community care, and practical theology.
  • Provides opportunities for doctoral students to serve as teaching assistants.
  • Provides opportunities for doctoral students to gain knowledge and develop pastoral care and counseling skills while engaging in clinical practicum.
  • Provides opportunities for doctoral students to engage in interdisciplinary research and theory construction.