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A Flexible M.Div.

Consider distributed learning

Luther SeminaryWith Luther Seminary's Distributed Learning (DL) program, you can pursue an M.Div. from virtually anywhere.  Learn at your own pace and participate in a cohort of up to 25 students. Here's how it works:

M. Div. DL students complete their curriculum by taking two-thirds of the courses online and the remaining one-third through two-week intensives held on campus each January and June. The basic rhythm of the academic year for M.Div. DL students includes:

  • Fall semester (13 weeks) - online
  • January intensive (2 weeks, plus pre- and post-intensive work) - on campus
  • Spring semester (13 weeks) - online
  • June intensive (2 weeks, plus pre- and post-intensive work) - on campus

What’s the time commitment?

Though students in the M.Div. DL program study part-time, the coursework is still demanding. We invite you to use the following formula to determine the time commitment necessary for each semester.

  • 10-15 hours/course x 2 courses = 20-30 hours/week
  • 3-5 hours in a contextual site = 3-5 hours/week
  • Total = 23-35 hours/week

What about community?

By embracing community life with intention and authenticity, M.Div. DL students develop vibrant relationships with fellow cohort members, holding one another accountable spiritually, relationally, and academically. Supported by colleagues in your cohort and in your local community, you will develop your pastoral identity and imagination.

Though you will enjoy living on-campus for only short periods of time, you will find yourself engaged by the following community experiences:

  • Online classes: These courses provide a rich blend of faculty interaction and student collaboration. You will work individually and in small groups, communicating regularly through conference calls, webinars and online discussion forums.
  • On-campus intensives: During the January and June intensives, you will take several hours of class together each day and experience community as you study, prepare meals, worship and pray together.
  • MyLutherNet: Through this online forum, you can share prayer requests and conversation with other cohort members.
  • Local congregations: You will learn in the context of a community of faith and meet twice a month to reflect on your experiences with a mentor pastor.

Additional requirements

Just like our on-campus M. Div. program, these program components are also included in the DL program:

M.Div. concentrations

One of the unique things Luther Seminary offers is the possibility for students to attain a concentration while pursuing a M.Div. degree. At Luther, seven concentrations are offered which include:

  • Concentration in Bible

  • Concentration in History of Christianity
  • Concentration in Systematic Theology

  • Concentration in Children, Youth and Family (CYF)

  • Concentration in Spanish Language for Ministry
  • Concentration in Congregational Missional Leadership (CML)

  • Concentration in Justice and Reconciliation

If you have any questions about M.Div. concentrations, consult the current academic catalog for details and please contact Admissions at