The Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity degree (MDiv) is generally required of those seeking ordination in the North American Lutheran Church (NALC). The NALS has a network of recommended partner seminaries which offer the Master of Divinity with a Lutheran focus. Students attending these seminaries must still fulfill all requirements of the NALS which includes two residential courses offered in the June Interterm at the seminary center in Ambridge, PA. Visit the links below to explore the NALS network of seminary partners:

Trinity Anglican Seminary — The Hub | Ambridge, PA

Trinity Anglican Seminary (TAS), formerly Trinity School for Ministry, serves as the Seminary Center for the NALS Network. Regardless of which network school you attend, students in the NALS Network engages with the dedicated NALS faculty stationed at the Seminary Center throughout their programs. Aligned with the NALC's authority structure, the curriculum, faculty, and staff at the Center ensure consistency and mission alignment throughout the entire network. TAS also functions as the administrative hub of the NALS, hosting essential events and NALC Core Value-focused InterTerms. Residential study at the center offers an optimal educational experience for those seeking to pastor and lead in the NALC.

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary | Charlotte, NC

The Charlotte campus of Gordon-Conwell desires to train men and women for ministry at home and abroad and to impart to them a biblically rich and culturally sensitive vision of ministry. Foundational to all of this is unswerving fidelity to Gordon-Conwell’s Mission Statement and to its classically evangelical Basis of Faith.

NALS faculty member, the Rev. Dr. Nathan Yoder is director of the Lutheran Studies program at the Charlotte campus.

Beeson Divinity School | Birmingham, AL

For those students who desire a fully residential experience, Beeson offers a Master of Divinity degree designed for Lutheran students. In an ecumenical setting, Lutheran students worship and study side-by-side with students from many different traditions and denominations.  Beeson works cooperatively with the NALS to ensure formation within the Lutheran Confessional tradition. Like all seminaries in the NALS Network, students are required to attend to June Interterm classes.  These classes are usually held at the seminary center in Ambridge, PA.

Fuller Theological Seminary | Pasadena, CA and Houston, TX

Students may attend Fuller as either residential or online students. Through Fuller they can earn a Master of Divinity degree with a “Lutheran Concentration.” NALS students at Fuller will take 18 credit hours (six classes) through the seminary center in Ambridge.  These credits will transfer to Fuller and be applied toward the M.Div.  Four of the six classes can be taken online.  Two classes will be held at the seminary center in the June Interterm. The June Interterm is a one week intensive in which students from across North America gather for study, worship, fellowship, and formation.

Concordia Lutheran Seminary | Edmonton, AB

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 M.Div. 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.

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