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Master of Divinity 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 M.Div. degree concentrations that Luther offers include:

M.Div. - Concentration in Old Testament

Luther Seminary's curricular strategy calls for teaching Christian theology in a framework of four interrelated movements, one of which is Learning the Christian Story.  An M.Div. concentration in Old Testament (OT) is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more about the Christian Story and the Old Testament in particular.

An M.Div. student who is interested in having a concentration in OT will take Reading Hebrew, at least one full course elective in New Testament and three full course electives in Old Testament course offerings.

M.Div. - Concentration in New Testament

Luther Seminary's curricular strategy calls for teaching Christian theology in a framework of four interrelated movements, one of which is Learning the Christian story.  An M.Div. concentration in New Testament (NT) is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more about the Christian Story and the New Testament in particular. 

An M.Div. student who is interested in having a concentration in NT will take Reading Greek, at least one full course elective in Old Testament, and three full course electives in New Testament course offerings.

M.Div. - Concentration in History of Christianity

Luther Seminary's curricular strategy calls for teaching Christian theology in a framework of four interrelated movements, one of which is Learning the Christian Story.  An M.Div. concentration in History of Christianity (HC) is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more about the Christian Story throughout history.    

An M.Div. student who is interested in having a concentration in HC will take both core courses in HC and at least one course from three different time periods in the History of Christianity. In addition, academic language study appropriate to the subject may count as a full concentration course.  

M.Div. - Concentration in Systematic Theology

Luther Seminary's curricular strategy calls for teaching Christian theology in a framework of four interrelated movements, one of which is Interpreting and Confessing the Story.  An M.Div. concentration in Systematic Theology (ST) is designed for individuals who are interested in learning more about the Christian faith, belief and doctrines throughout history. 

An M.Div. student who is interested in having a concentration in ST will take all of the Triune God core course offerings and at least three of his/her elective courses in ST course offerings.

M.Div. - Concentration in Spanish Language for Ministry

An M.Div. concentration in Spanish Language for Ministry is designed for individuals who are interested in ministry contexts that involve other cultures and the Spanish language. This degree program provides theology, theory and practice in a multicultural environment.

An M.Div. student who is interested in having a concentration in the Spanish Language for Ministry will take one of his/her elective courses at the Hispanic Summer Program, preferably in Spanish (or some other international partnership Luther Seminary arranges in a Spanish-speaking language context) and five courses in other immersive, cross-cultural experiences among Spanish speaking communities or courses that deal directly with cross-cultural and inter-cultural approaches to ministry experiences.

M.Div. - Concentration in Children, Youth and Family Ministry

An M.Div. concentration in Children, Youth and Family (CYF) ministry is designed for individuals who are interested in a ministry to young people and their families in either a church or para-church ministry context. This degree program provides theology, theory and practice in a holistic educational environment.

An M.Div. student who is interested in having a concentration in CYF will take six of his/her elective courses and his/her education course requirement in CYF course offerings. Find out more information about the Children, Youth and Family program and its curriculum.

M.Div. - Concentration in Congregational Mission and Leadership

Congregational Mission and Leadership (CML) 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

An M.Div. concentration in CML includes a minimum of six CML courses as a part of the degree.

M.Div. – Concentration in Justice and Reconciliation

An M.Div. concentration in Justice and Reconciliation is designed for individuals who are interested in God’s reforming work of justice and reconciliation in the world today. This concentration explores a range of biblical, theological and ecumenical perspectives in concert with philosophical and sociological approaches to justice and reconciliation. This is designed for individuals who want to pursue work in congregations with a focus on involvement in the community.

An M.Div. student who is pursuing the concentration in Justice and Reconciliation will take the course on Justice and Reconciliation. In addition, each student will take 5 concentration courses on this topic as determined in consultation with a faculty point person.    

If you have any questions about M.Div. concentrations, please contact Admissions at admissions@luthersem.edu or take the next step and Apply Now.