Degree Programs

Bearing witness at the crossroads of history and hope, Gettysburg Seminary forms public leaders for the sake of the world.

Degree Programs

Gettysburg Seminary offers a range of degrees to prepare students for service in church and the world.

Here you'll find a general overview of each of our degree program offerings. For more comprehensive descriptions, please see our Academic Catalog. To speak with someone in the admissions office, call 1-800-M-LUTHER, or email your question to   

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Master of Divinity

The M. Div. degree prepares persons for service in a variety of settings as ordained pastors in their denomination.The MDiv program provides a comprehensive range of theological, biblical, and practical studies, as well as top-notch field education opportunities. Concentrations are available in Theology and Public Life, Youth and Young Adult Ministry, and Town and Country Church Ministry.

God's call. Your path.

We recognize that students come to us with unique gifts, histories, and life circumstances. We honor that by offering multiple pathways to complete our Master of Divinity degree.

MDiv Flex

  • Flexible
  • Customized
  • Comprehensive
  • Average time to completion: 4 years



  • Focused
  • Accelerated 
  • Integrated 
  • Time to completion: 3 years



Master of Arts in Ministerial Studies 

The M.A.M.S. program prepares students for specialized ministry, particularly as diaconal minsters, associates in ministry, and deaconesses in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.

  • M.A.M.S. students will concentrate in the area of ministry to which they feel called.
  • This program normally requires two years of academic study, including a capstone project.


Master of Arts in Religion 

The M.A.R. degree program is designed to provide students the opportunity to pursue a concentration in an area of theological interest while also providing a broad foundation for further graduate study, or for general educational or vocational purposes.

  • Concentrations are available in Religion and Media, Biblical Studies, History and Theology, and Practical Theology. 
  • This program normally requires two years of academic study, including ether a capstone project or paper. 


Master of Sacred Theology 

Our S.T.M. program provides an opportunity for concentrated study in a given area of theological inquiry for those who have completed a first theological degree or its equivalent, by promoting advanced understanding in a particular theological discipline, by increasing the student's knowledge of research resources and methodologies, and by increasing her or his knowledge and competency for minstry in all of its variety.

  • Concentrations are available in biblical Studies, History and Theology, and Practical Theology
  • This program requires 25.5 credits and the completion of a thesis and thesis defense.


Continuing Education

Gettysburg Seminary is committed to encouraging and assisting in the continuing education of all rostered leaders in the ELCA, as well as church leaders from all denominations. Programs of continuing education are offered both on the campus and at places located within the two supporting regions, and include one day events, multi-day events, coursework at the seminary, and special Region 8 programs.  

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Theological Education for Laity   

Gettysburg offers a long list of one day events and public lectures intended for broad audiences of both clergy and lay persons. The Seminary has also offered its dynamic Lay School of Theology each summer since 1963.

Many persons want to study at the Seminary for personal growth and enrichment, a deeper understanding of the Baptismal covenant, and a richer understanding of Christian service and responsibility to the whole people of God. For more information about application as a non-degree seeking student submit an Information Request Form or call 1-800-M-LUTHER.