Degree Concentrations

Recognizing the rich variety of gifts and interests students bring to the task of theological education, Gettysburg seminary offers three concentrations that maximize the potential for students to grow in their gifts for ministry.  These concentrations complement the standard curriculum of either the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Ministerial Studies degrees.  The three concentrations are:
The six courses of a concentration can be met through:
  • Traditional classroom experiences at Gettysburg Seminary
  • Contextual and immersion experiences
  • Washington Theological Consortium courses
  • Easter Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries courses
Why choose a concentration?
Concentrations provide:
  • experiences in a particular ministry area
  • a theological lens through which to look at, learn, and experience all of the coursework and contextual education opportunities
  • a deepening of one's preparation for particular forms of ministry
Do I have to choose a concentration?
No.  Concentrations are an optional educational experience.  Students who do not declare a concentration may still take any class offered within any concentration as an elective.

When do I choose a concentration?
Normally a student declares a concentration at the end of the first year of study. Students select a concentration after consulting with their academic advisor and with the approval of the faculty.

Will a concentration limit the ways in which I can serve God and the church?
No.  Concentrations enhance the ways in which one serves through more intentional, focused learning in a particular area of ministry, rather than limiting future ministry opportunities.

Does a concentration mean I need to take extra courses or add extra time to complementing my degree?
At Gettysburg Seminary concentrations are integrated into degree curriculum, so courses taken in an area of concentration will either fulfill core degree requirements or can be taken as electives.  No additional courses or time are required.