Master of Divinity
The Master of Divinity is the “gold standard” in North American theological education for those desiring to enter into the ordained ministry. It is a qualification that opens up vocations not only in traditional congregational settings, but also in institutional and military chaplaincy. The MDiv normally requires four years of full-time study, including a one-year internship (vicarage). A student lacking the prerequisites will require five years to complete the programme.
The primary purpose for which Concordia was founded is to prepare men for the pastoral ministry in Lutheran Church–Canada and, secondarily, her sister churches throughout the world. For this purpose Concordia offers the MDiv with Pastoral Certification and acts as the examination and certification agency for those churches.
Concordia has also partnered with non-Lutheran church bodies to provide pastoral formation through the MDiv for those who do not have a nearby seminary of their confession. Those church bodies provide practical and confessional training to supplement Concordia’s MDiv.
Master of Theological Studies
This post-baccalaureate degree is aimed at university-educated laypeople who wish to pursue advanced studies in theology. The programme aims to provide a wide-ranging view of Christian theology, with a specifically Lutheran focus. It is appropriate training for anyone seeking to serve in the church in a non-ordained capacity, or simply for personal enrichment.
The core of required courses introduces the basics of each major discipline, while electives allow the student to concentrate on a selected major. Most classwork is done together with MDiv students, enhancing the community of learning. The treatise offers the opportunity to focus on a specific topic of research interest. The MTS normally requires two years of full-time study.
Concordia may accept a limited number of students who do not have a bachelor’s degree into its Residential Diploma Programme, successful completion of which will lead to certification for ordination in Lutheran Church–Canada (or for commendation as a candidate for ordination in a sister church). The programme normally requires four years of full-time study, including a one-year internship (vicarage). A student lacking the prerequisites will require five years to complete the programme.