What Are Graduates of Luther Seminary's M.A. and M.S.M. programs prepared to do?

Students enroll in the Master of Arts programs and Master of Sacred Music program for a variety of vocational and educational reasons. Some are looking for a new vocation in a faith-based field, other are seeking to enhance skills with a theological basis for work in which they are already engaged while others are looking to prepare for further graduate study. A master of arts degree has challenged and prepared many people to fulfill God's call in their life. Graduates of the MA/MSM programs have gone on to serve in a variety of ways:

  • Teacher of religious studies at a parochial school

  • Staff for the Lutheran Volunteer Corp

  • Chaplaincy: home health care, hospital, hospice, long term care

  • Minister of Music

  • Camp director/ program director in outdoor ministries

  • Director of Volunteer Ministries

  • Global Missions

  • Staff for Lutheran Coalition for Public Policy

  • Director of Social Outreach for a congregation

  • Director of Youth and Family Ministries

  • Director of Christian Education

  • Synod staff

  • Staff for community youth mentoring program 

  • Vocation associate at a Lutheran college

  • Executive for a non-profit Program specialist at Lutheran Social Services Community

  • Health Planner Social Worker in junior high 

  • Congregational worship planner

  •  Parish administrator 

  • Religious staff writer/editor

  • Graduate School Choral Director—children, youth and adult

  •  Congregation/community sponsored day-care director/teacher

  •  Lay Spiritual Life Leader at a residential treatment center