After completing this program, students will be able to:


  1. Know how to draw the ministry of Word and Sacrament from the Holy Scriptures as centered in Jesus Christ.

  2. Learn, analyze, and assess the doctrine and history of the church and its teachers in order to distinguish God’s law and gospel in proclamation, teaching, and pastoral care.

  3. Know how to analyze and assess the context of ministry in the world in order to aptly communicate the gospel in proclamation, teaching, and pastoral care.

  4. Be able to analyze and appraise theological formulations in a spirit of openness and mutual respect. 


Denominational Endorsement and Certification for Ordination

Endorsing students who are preparing for ministry and certifying them as qualified for ordination are the responsibility of the student’s denomination. The Institute of Lutheran Theology cooperates with the denomination in this process.


Program Learning Outcomes

Master of Divinity | M.Div.

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