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 301 Elements of Greek

  • BT 304 Lutheran Biblical Interpretation

  • BT 361 The Gospels (requires BT 301)

  • BT 366 Paul and His Legacy (requires BT 301)​

One course from:

  • BT 311 Pentateuch and The Histories

  • BT 330 Wisdom and The Prophets

  • Historical and Systematic Theology (12 credits)

  • HST 301 History of Christian Thought I

  • HST 302 History of Christian Thought II (requires HST 301)

  • HST 355 Systematic Theology

  • HST 454 The Lutheran Confessions

Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion (9 credits)

  • EPR 301 Faith, Knowledge, and Reason

  • EPR 310 Ethics in Lutheran Perspective

  • EPR 321 Apologetics under the Cross

Pastoral Theology (11 credits)

  • PT 301 Pastoral Care I

  • PT 302 Pastoral Care II (requires PT 301)

  • PT 305 Teaching Shepherd

  • PT 311 Theology and the Practice of Worship (requires HST 454)

  • PT 321 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 301 Elements of Greek

  • BT 365 Epistles and the Formation of the New Testament

  • BT 400-499 Old or New Testament elective

One course from:

  • BT 311 Pentateuch and The Histories

  • BT 330 Wisdom and The Prophets

Ethics, Philosophy, and Religion (9 credits)

  • EPR 402 Critical Reasoning for the Theologian

Two courses from:

  • EPR 320 Theology and World Religions

  • EPR 403 Philosophy of Religion

  • EPR 412 Christian Sexual Ethics

  • EPR 481 Theology and Science

Historical and Systematic Theology (18 credits)

  • HST 413 History of Christian Thought III

  • HST 414 Twentieth Century Theology

  • HST 443 The Theology of Martin Luther

  • HST 401 Creation and the Triune God

  • HST 402 Christology

  • HST 403 Church, Spirit, and the Two Kingdoms

Pastoral Theology (10 credits)

  • PT 303 Pastoral Care III (requires PT 302)

  • PT 304 Parish Administration

  • PT 322 Homiletics II (requires PT 321)

  • PT 323 Homiletics III (requires PT 322)

  • PT 360-499 PT elective

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

Total: 46 credits

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