Degree Program: Master of Arts in Religion (MAR)


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-renown 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 five or more courses constituting a 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 concentrations may be available in consultation with an academic advisor. Students may elect a thesis option.

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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The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada and the Middle States Commission on Higher Education. Learn more here.