Trinity Lutheran Seminary /
Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity degree prepares individuals for pastoral ministry in the church. Students are exposed to theology’s various disciplines and equipped to integrate what they learn in the classroom with real-world experiences encountered through field work.
The 2+2 structure of Trinity’s M.Div. program is distinctive, even among ELCA seminaries. During the first two years of full-time study, students take classes on campus and work at their contextual education sites, which are usually congregations. During the second two years of full-time status, students live and work at their internship sites.
While on internship, students take online courses and periodically return to campus for week-long intensive courses. By participating in a two-year internship while taking a steady, lighter load of coursework, our students not only learn how to work and study simultaneously, a practice that supports healthy, long-term ministry, but they maintain relationships with fellow students, faculty, and staff. This allows Trinity students the opportunity to immerse themselves in new situations and grow as ministry practitioners in community, even though they may not be geographically near old friends.
Our M.Div. program is designed to provide holistic support both for early-career and second-career students. While on campus, students participate in and help lead daily worship services, which builds a sense of spiritual community and togetherness. Two-year internships have promoted both professional, financial, and social stability for our students whether they are single adults, partnered, and parents. Additionally, Trinity’s calendar features both May-Term and summer classes, which allow greater flexibility in student schedules.
As an ELCA seminary, our M.Div. program supports ELCA students in the candidacy process. We also welcome students from other faith traditions, offering the support needed to follow your calling to ministry in another denomination or non-denominational setting.
The Master of Divinity degree requires 84 credit hours. Generally, students earn 60 hours in their first two years and 24 hours in their second two years.
All graduates of the Master of Divinity program at Trinity Lutheran Seminary are able to: