The Master of Ministry program prepares students for diaconal or other non-ordained ministries within the church and can also be an alternative track to ordained ministry. This 44-credit program provides a condensed classical theological education, with opportunities for specialization in particular areas of ministry. The program includes an internship tailored to the student’s goals, which can be done while also taking classes. Graduates of the program have the option of completing a further 46 credits to earn a Master of Divinity degree.  

Master of Ministry | M.M.

The Program

Required Courses 

Biblical Theology (12 credits)

  • BT 500: Introduction to New Testament Greek

  • BT 504: Lutheran Biblical Interpretation

  • BT 561: The Gospels (requires BT 500)

  • BT 566 Paul and His Legacy (requires BT 500)​

One course from:

  • BT 511: Pentateuch and The Histories

  • BT 530: Wisdom and The Prophets

  • Historical and Systematic Theology (12 credits)

  • HST 501: History of Christian Thought I

  • HST 502: History of Christian Thought II (requires HST 501)

  • HST 555: Systematic Theology

  • HST 655: The Lutheran Confessions

Philosophical Theology and Theological Ethics (9 credits)

  • PTE 501: Faith, Knowledge, and Reason

  • PTE 510: Ethics in Lutheran Perspective

  • PTE 521: Apologetics under the Cross

Pastoral Theology (11 credits)

  • PT 501: Pastoral Care I

  • PT 502: Pastoral Care II (requires PT 501)

  • PT 505: Teaching Shepherd

  • PT 511: Theology and the Practice of Worship 

  • PT 521: Homiletics I

Total: 44 credits 

Contextual Education

Students must be in ministry in a congregation or other ministry setting, with opportunities to do practicums as assigned in Pastoral Theology classes. Students, congregations, mentor pastors, and ILT operate under ILT’s Non-internship Learning-Service Agreement.

Students must also complete an internship. Students affiliate with a congregation as an intern, with an Internship Supervisor and Internship Committee, as described in the Contextual Education Handbook. Internship for the Master of Ministry Program consists of four modules, chosen by the student to fit his or her ministry goals. Each module requires about 50 hours of work, including preparation, carrying out the work, reflection and evaluation. The internship modules are:

Pastoral Care
Music Ministry
Diaconal Service


Completion of the Master of Divinity Degree

The following is a program for graduates of the Master of Ministry degree to
complete a Master of Divinity degree.

Biblical Theology (9 credits)

  • BT 500: Introduction to New Testament Greek

  • BT 565: Epistles and the Formation of the New Testament (requires BT 500)

  • BT 600-699: Old or New Testament elective

One course from:

  • BT 511: Pentateuch and The Histories

  • BT 530: Wisdom and The Prophets

Philosophical Theology and Theological Ethics (9 credits)

  • PTE 602: Critical Reasoning for the Theologian (requires PTE 502)

Two courses from:

  • PTE 520: Theology and World Religions

  • PTE 603: Philosophy of Religion (requires PTE 602)

  • PTE 612: Christian Sexual Ethics

  • PTE 681: Theology and Science

Historical and Systematic Theology (18 credits)

  • HST 613: History of Christian Thought III

  • HST 614: Twentieth Century Theology

  • HST 643: The Theology of Martin Luther

  • HST 601: Creation and the Triune God

  • HST 602: Christology (requires HST 601)

  • HST 603: Church, Spirit, and the Two Kingdoms (requires HST 602)

Pastoral Theology (10 credits)

  • PT 503: Pastoral Care III (requires PT 502)

  • PT 504: Parish Administration

  • PT 522: Homiletics II (requires PT 521)

  • PT 523: Homiletics III (requires PT 522)

  • PT 560:-699: PT elective

Internship (0 credits)
Completion of three more internship modules.

Total: 46 credits

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