Master of Divinity

The Master of Divinity program is a four-year full-time course of study primarily designed for candidates who seek to serve in the pastoral ministry of LCC. Members of other church bodies are welcome to enroll in the program, with the understanding that they will be studying Lutheran theology. A maximum of 30 credits may be taken as an Open Studies student, full time or part time, prior to entering the Master of Divinity program. Those who desire to prepare for the holy ministry in LCC must ordinarily have been active members of an LCC or partner church congregation for two years. Candidates must enjoy satisfactory health and demonstrate good character, commitment to Christian ministry, and pastoral suitability.

Degree Requirements

The Master of Divinity degree requires satisfactory mastery (minimum grade of C) of 100 credit hours according to the following distribution, as well as satisfactory completion of all required Co-curricular Units (CCUs), Field Education, and a Final Overarching Exam.

Click below to investigate the six areas of study required for a Master of Divinity

Exegetical Theology (minimum 18 credits)

Core Courses

    • EXE 100 Introduction to the Study of Scripture (3 credits)

Two Old Testament Exegetical courses selected from:

    • EXE 210 The Pentateuch (3 credits)

    • EXE 220 The Prophets (3 credits)

    • EXE 230 The Writings (3 credits)

Two New Testament Exegetical courses selected from:

    • EXE 250 Jesus and the Gospels (3 credits)

    • EXE 260 Paul and His Writings (3 credits)

    • EXE 270 The Rest of the NT (3 credits)

Three or more additional credits in the area of Old Testament or New Testament Exegetical Theology

Systematic Theology (minimum 15 credits)

Core Courses

    • SYS 101 Theological Foundations (3 credits)

    • SYS 200 The Lutheran Confessions (3 credits)

    • SYS 220 Christ and Salvation (3 credits)

    • SYS 430 Faith, Life, and Ethics (3 credits)

    • SYS 440 Church, Sacraments, and Hope (3 credits)

Historical Theology (minimum 12 credits)

Core Courses

    • HIS 110 Apostolic Fathers through the 7th Ecumenical Council (3 credits)

    • HIS 120 Middle Ages and Reformation (3 credits)

    • HIS 130 Modern Church History (3 credits)

    • HIS 251 The Lutheran Church in North America (3 credits)

Theology in Praxis (minimum 46 credits)

Core Courses

    • PRX 102 Personal & Vocational Formation (3 credits)

    • PRX 103 Academic Foundations (1 credit)

    • PRX 110 Worship 1 (3 credits)

    • PRX 121 Preaching 1 (3 credits)

    • PRX 161/260/261/460/461 Lectionary Seminar (1 credit each x 5)

    • PRX 211 Worship 2 (2 credits)

    • PRX 220 Preaching 2 (3 credits)

    • PRX 231 Christian Education I (3 credits)

    • PRX 232 Christian Education II (3 credits)

    • PRX 240 Christian Care and Counselling (3 credits)

    • PRX 251 Christianity and World Religions (3 credits)

    • PRX 255 Theology of Missions and Evangelism (3 credits)

    • PRX 400 Pastoral Ministry Seminar (5 credits)


    • PRX 300 Vicarage (6 credits)

Other (minimum 9 credits)

  • Free Electives

    • 9 credits in any area

Co-curricular Units (CCU)

In recognition that the Master of Divinity degree is preparation for the vocation of pastoral ministry, a practical component of the degree is required of all students. This component comprises the earning of co-curricular units (CCUs). For LCC students, CCUs also partially fulfill the requirements of the Theological Diploma.

For LCC students, CCUs are intended to foster the ability to function effectively with a Lutheran mindset and within a Lutheran context. Thus, field education and the development of pastoral skills is one component of the CCUs. It is expected that CCU experiences will also enrich and permeate each student’s academic work and the collective educational atmosphere of the classroom. Students are encouraged to reflect upon every CCU experience in order to assess both the uniqueness of its context and those aspects which can be applied to other contexts. They should be prepared to discuss their observations with the faculty, field education pastor and fellow students.

For students not seeking ordination or seeking certification in other church bodies, the total number of required CCUs are developed by the Director of Field Ed. in consultation with an appropriate representative from that particular church body.

Detailed information about CCUs will be shared with students by the Director of Field Education at the Student Orientation in September.


All Master of Divinity candidates who register their intention to seek placement in the ministerium of Lutheran Church—Canada are eligible for the Theological Diploma. The Theological Diploma certifies that the candidate has demonstrated his doctrinal commitment and personal suitability for the public ministry of Lutheran Church—Canada through satisfactory academic, practical, and personal development.

The faculty grants Theological Diplomas upon the recommendation of the Standing Committee on Certification for Placement. CLS reserves the right to request that additional course work or reading assignments be completed before a Theological Diploma is awarded.

Completion of the Master of Divinity degree does not guarantee that the student will receive a Theological Diploma.