The Master of Divinity degree program prepares persons for service in a variety of pastoral settings as ordained pastors in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) or for service in similar leadership positions in other denominations. The program provides the necessary tools and resources for the spiritual, vocational, professional, and theological requirements of pastoral leadership.
The MDiv degree program prepares students to:
- Demonstrate engagement in spiritual, Intellectual and ethical formation
- Interpret God’s Word faithfully and thoughtfully as public speakers, listeners, and writers
- Analyze cultural contexts of ministry
- Lead a congregation in worship and the pastoral arts
- Relate their denominational tradition in context
- Integrate theological conversation and experience in order to collaborate with peers in ministry in an evangelical and ecumenical manner
- Engage the multicultural, global church in calling for justice and proclaiming God’s love for the world
The Master of Divinity degree program normally requires four full years of study: two years of academic study, a third year of internship, followed by a final year of integrative academic work. The degree requires a total of 90.5 credits and three field education requirements: teaching parish, supervised clinical ministry, and internship. These field education experiences are connected to Integrative Seminars designed to aid students in integrating degree coursework with field experience. During the January Terms students normally fulfill a Multicultural Studies Program requirement and a Human Relations requirement. A required seminar on sexual ethics is offered each year, normally during September. At some point in the course of their study, ELCA students will complete at least three credits offered by an accredited non-ELCA seminary and held on that campus. Courses offered by a Washington Theological Consortium school are a primary way for students to fulfill this ecumenical requirement.
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