Degree programs

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is a professional school at the post-baccalaureate level, offering the following degrees:

The Master of Divinity (MDiv) Degree requires three years of full-time academic study, plus any additional ecclesiastical requirements. It requires that the student hold a bachelor’s or equivalent degree.

The Master of Arts in Religion (MAR) Degree requires two years of full-time academic study and requires that the student hold a bachelor’s or equivalent degree.

Beyond the labels of sacred and secular, the Master of Arts in Public Leadership (MAPL) moves us to a new place where the tradition of faith and disciplines such as business and social work come together to participate in the changing world.

The Master of Sacred Theology (STM) Degree can be completed in one to two years of full-time study and requires that the student hold an MDiv or equivalent degree involving at least 60 semester hours of study.

The Doctor of Ministry (DMin) Degree expects the student to engage in both academic study and professional ministry over at least a three-year period. The student must hold an MDiv or equivalent degree involving at least 90 semester hours of study.

The Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree requires two years of full-time residency at LTSP, followed by comprehensive examinations and preparation of a dissertation. The student must hold an MDiv or equivalent degree.

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.