Scholarships, along with other means of financial support, constitute one important way in which we can help our students manage their seminary education. A strategic balance between online offerings and residential requirements represents another. A third way, common in disciplines such as engineering and nursing, is a closer integration between the undergraduate and the postgraduate stages of education, thereby eliminating a certain amount of unnecessary repetition—and so, in the case of theological education, saving on the time and cost involved in obtaining the Master of Divinity (MDiv) degree.
An arrangement with Concordia Lutheran Seminary in Edmonton, Alberta allows NALC candidates who live in Canada to pursue a residential, Lutheran education without having to move across national lines. In this partnership NALC candidates—women and men—may stay in Canada by enrolling as students at Concordia, Edmonton, taking the full curriculum of academic coursework offered by Concordia, Edmonton toward the MDiv degree, with a small number of recommended classes through the NALS. Candidacy and internship arrangements for these students will be supervised by the NALC’s Candidacy Committee, in conversation with Concordia, Edmonton faculty. The result will be candidates with an MDiv degree and spiritual formation from an excellent, accredited Lutheran seminary, who will also have had to deal with less of the upheaval and complications associated with moving to a different country.
Students completing a Bachelor in Theology at the below schools will be given credit for up to seven undergraduate courses toward the requirements for an MDiv degree at the NALS, potentially reducing the total time in school by an entire year—and saving the student roughly $30,000.
The NALS’ cooperative arrangements with undergraduate institutions can save you over $30,000 — that’s the cost of a full year of schooling that you don’t have to pay.
Concordia College New York (3 + 2):
Located in Bronxville, New York, Concordia College offers a dual-major undergraduate degree in Business and Theology that will transfer up to 21 credits toward an MDiv degree at the NALS—saving students two years of academic work between their undergraduate and graduate degrees. All in all, students come out with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology, a Bachelor of Science degree in business, and an MDiv degree from the NALS.
This program will allow students to graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology from Concordia, St. Paul in four years, transferring 21 of those credit hours to the NALS, where students can finish an MDiv degree in two years. Students may also come to the NALS campus in Ambridge, Pennsylvania for one week during the summer between their junior and senior years and for two weeks the summer between their undergraduate graduation and the start of seminary that fall. The three classes taken during those sessions would bring their total credit hours to 30.
Grand View University (4+2):
This six-year program will allow students to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree in theology in four years and an MDiv degree from the NALS in two. The arrangement enables the student to transfer up to 21 credit hours from their undergraduate studies and apply them to their graduate degree.