Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity Program (MDiv) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares leaders from 30 denominations for a wide range of pastoral ministries in the Christian church. Students in the MDiv 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 ministry candidates for service in challenging, multi-cultural, pluralistic contexts. Coursework includes Bible, theology, history, ethics, and practical ministry courses such as preaching, teaching, pastoral care, administration, evangelism, stewardship, and worship. Optional concentrations are available in Multicultural Mission, Latino, Metropolitan/ Urban, and Black Church (Urban Theological Institute) ministry. Short and long-term study abroad programs are available.  LTSP offers full-time, part-time, day, night, Saturday, intensive, and distance-learning 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.

Concentrations

The Black Church (UTI) Concentration
A concentration within the MDiv degree program to equip persons for ministry in a Black Church context. Leads to an Urban Theological Institute (UTI) Certificate of Black Church Ministry at graduation for those completing the requirements. Oversight is provided by the Director of the UTI. See also the UTI program pages.

Interested students should apply for admission to the concentration no later than January Term of the first year for full-time students or upon completion of 4.0 course units by part-time students. Submit the application to Dr. Quintin Robertson, Director of the Urban Theological Institute. For more information, contact Dr. Robertson.

Requirements of the Concentration
Four course units (five for MDiv students of the old curriculum) as negotiated with the Director, which may include the following:

  • One Bible course designated for the concentration (suffixed “B”)
  • HCH250B, African American Church History (fulfills a history requirement)
  • HTH250B, African American Theology (fulfills a theology requirement for students of the new curriculum)
  • IWR150B, 21st Century Worship in the African American Tradition (also fulfills Liturgy/Worship requirement)
  • IHM150B, 21st Century Preaching in the African American Tradition (also fulfills Homiletics/Preaching requirement)
  • Other courses as designated by the Director

The Interfaith Studies Concentration
A concentration within the MDiv degree program to equip persons for ministry in multi-faith contexts leads to a Certificate of Interfaith Studies at graduation for those completing the requirements. The concentration utilizes the resources of the multi-faith milieu of the Philadelphia metropolitan area.

Interested students should apply for admission to the concentration no later than January Term of the first year for full-time students or upon completion of 4.0 course units by part-time students. Submit the application to Dr. J Paul Rajashekar, Director of the Institute for Ecumenical and Interreligious Dialogue. For more information, contact Dr. Rajashekar.

Requirements of the Concentration
Two quarters of supervised field education in a context in which there is significant opportunity for interfaith engagement; or two to four quarters of supervised field work with an affiliated interfaith organization, above the normally required MDiv field education.

Four course units (five for MDiv students of the old curriculum) as negotiated with the Director, which may include the following:

  • HCH336 Christian-Muslim Engagement in North America
  • HCH364 Jesus and the Bible in Islam
  • HTH470 Intro to Religions of the World
  • HTH330P Scriptures of the World
  • HTH371 Christian Encounters with Other Faiths
  • HTH372 Issues in Interreligious Dialogue
  • HTH373 Islam and Christian-Muslim Relations
  • ICS512 The Church and the Holocaust
  • SGN452 Global Travel Seminar with significant interfaith component
  • Course through Graduate Consortium for Interreligious Dialogue (Temple University, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College or Villanova University)
  • Other courses as designated by the Director

The Latino Concentration
A concentration within the MDiv degree program to equip persons for ministry in a Latino context. Leads to a Certificate of Latino Ministry at graduation for those completing the requirements. See also the Latino Concentration program pages.

Interested students should meet with the Director as early as possible in their programs, preferably in advance of entrance. Application for admission to the concentration is filed with the Director no later than January Term of the first year for full-time students or upon completion of 4.0 course units by part-time students. The sole criterion is proficiency in the Spanish language as determined by the Director. For more information or to apply, contact Dr. Nelson Rivera, Director of the concentration.

Requirements of the Concentration
Two quarters of field education in a Latino context or an internship in a Latino or urban context.
Four course units (five for MDiv students of the old curriculum) as negotiated with the Director, which may include the following:

  • HTH428L US Latino/a Theology/Ministry
  • HTH109L Latin American Theology [GL]
  • ICS45xC One course from the offerings of the Metro/Urban Concentration (ICS450C, ICS451C, or ICS452C)
  • Seminary-sponsored globalization trip to a Spanish-speaking country
  • An independent study or other courses designated or approved by the Director

The Metropolitan/Urban Ministry Concentration
The Metropolitan/Urban Ministry concentration is for those students within the MDiv program who are interested in specializing in metropolitan or urban ministry. It leads to a Certificate of Metropolitan/Urban Ministry at graduation for those completing the requirements. See also the Metropolitan/Urban program page.

The goals of this concentration are:

  • to introduce students to the wide variety of gifts and challenges for ministry that the city offers;
  • to teach theological and practical skills for an metropolitan/urban vocation; and
  • to provide creative and effective models of mission.

The criteria for admission include a cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or better and the support of one’s synod (or denomination). Application to the concentration is filed with the program advisor, Dr. Katie Day, in the first year of study.

Requirements of the Concentration

Four course units (five for MDiv students of the old curriculum) as negotiated with the Director, which may include the following:

  • ICS450C The Church in the City
  • ICS451C, Understanding the City
  • ICS452C, Models of Urban Ministry
  • ICS520C Issues in Urban Ministry (final year)
  • Offerings of the Latino concentration (suffixed “L”) or the Black Church (UTI) Concentration (suffixed “B”)
  • Other courses designated or approved by the Director

The Multicultural Ministry/Mission Concentration
A concentration within the MDiv degree program to equip persons for ministry in a multicultural congregational (African/African American, Asian or Latino) and/or multicultural locational context. Leads to a Certificate of Multicultural Ministry and Mission at graduation for those completing the requirements. Oversight is provided by the Director of the Multicultural Mission Resource Center (MMRC), Dr. J. Jayakiran Sebastian. See also the MMRC program pages.

Interested students should meet with the Director of the MMRC as early as possible in their programs, preferably in advance of entrance. Application for admission to the concentration is filed with the Director no later than January Term of the first year for full-time students or upon completion of 4.0 course units by part-time students. Previous exposure, experience and engagement in a multicultural situation is desirable but not mandatory. For more information, contact Dr. Sebastian.

Requirements of the Concentration
Four course units (five for MDiv students of the old curriculum) as negotiated with the Director, which may include the following:

  • Two quarters of field education in a multicultural context or an internship in a multicultural context;
  • HCH___  Courses in World Christianity or Mission and Cultures
  • HTH___   Courses in Black, African American, Asian or Latino Theology
  • Other courses designated or approved by the Director

The Public Leadership Concentration
A concentration within the MDiv degree program to equip persons for ministry in public contexts leads to a Certificate in Public Leadership at graduation for those completing the requirements. The concentration utilizes the resources of the public milieu of the Philadelphia metropolitan area. Interested students should ordinarily apply for admission to the concentration no later than January Term of the first year for full-time students or upon completion of 4.0 course units by part-time students. Submit the application to Dr. Jon Pahl, Director of MA Programs.

Requirements of the Concentration*
Four course units (five for MDiv students of the old curriculum) as negotiated with the Director, which may include the following:

  • HCH310P Religious History and Public Leadership
  • HTH301P God-Talk and Public Leadership
  • HTH330P Scriptures of the World
  • ICS401P Ethics and Public Leadership
  • IFE190P Case-Based Field Work 1
  • IFE290P Case-Based Field Work 2

Course(s) taken at Temple School of Social Work or Fox School of Business.

*Important Note: Full-time MDiv students in the Public Leadership Concentration will pay tuition at the MAPL rate, according to the fee schedule, for their final 8 courses.

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