Plan a meaningful journey.
To earn your degree, you will complete a total of 32 units comprised of core courses and emphasis courses. You may select an emphasis related to Apologetics, Research in Theology, Theology and Culture, Youth Ministry, or Christian Education Leadership. There are many options for customizing your academic plan within the core courses, your chosen emphasis area, and available electives. If you aren’t sure how to plan an emphasis or electives, an admissions counselor can help you determine your personal academic plan.
It can be done in 2 ½ years, but most people take between 2 ½ - 3 years to complete regular coursework and their thesis. Students seeking ministerial certification through the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS) may have different program lengths due to additional certification coursework, field hours, or internships. Prior to program completion, master’s candidates present their thesis to a panel of faculty members.
Since you’ll work so closely with faculty during the whole process, this presentation is truly for experience only and not a typical “defense” of a thesis. There is an enormous commitment to your individual pilgrimage as well as your success in completing the program. The growth experience is the point, not just the degree outcome. Plan to grow, and know that you can take the time that you need to have a meaningful journey.