Master of Arts in Religion

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares students for further academic study and ministerial leadership in the Christian Church. Students in the MAR program participate in a 150-year tradition of outstanding theological education marked by academic excellence, spiritual formation, and ministry experience. With a world-renowned faculty and a curricular emphasis in Public Theology, LTSP prepares scholars and leaders for work in challenging, multi-cultural, pluralistic contexts.

Coursework includes Bible, theology, history, and courses in the student’s individual specialization. Specializations are available in Bible, History, Theology, Pastoral Care, Interfaith Studies, Christian Education, Lutheran Studies, Diaconal Ministry, Liturgy and Music, Integrative Theology, Metropolitan/Urban, Black Church, and Latino ministry. Other specializations may be available in consultation with an academic advisor. Students may pursue either a Professional Ministry track or a Theological Studies track.

LTSP offers day, night, Saturday, intensive, and online courses, making excellent theological education accessible to a wide range of students. Admission is on a rolling basis. Need and merit based financial aid is available.

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