Alternate Route

A need has existed and continues to exist in the LC-MS to provide theological education programs alternative to the traditional four-year M.Div. program. Such routes are available to men who demonstrate circumstances exceptional enough to warrant that they not be required to complete the M.Div. program in order to be certified for a call into the pastoral ministry of the LC-MS. As in the case with the M.Div. program, these programs will focus on the spiritual, academic and personal development of the students. Unlike the M.Div. program, no academic professional degree will be granted. However, upon successful completion of the program, a certificate will be granted.

Academic Programs