The primary mission of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Gettysburg (Gettysburg Seminary) is to prepare leaders for service in the Church, especially the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, as pastors, deaconesses, associates in ministry and diaconal ministers. Two degree programs, the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) and the Master of Arts in Ministerial Studies (M.A.M.S.), serve as the academic foundation for that preparation.
The Master of Arts in Religion (M.A.R.) program offers an opportunity for broad study in theological disciplines, while at the same time permitting specialization in one particular area of interest.
The Master of Sacred Theology (S.T.M.) degree provides an opportunity for concentrated study in a given area of theological inquiry for persons who have completed a first theological degree, or its equivalent. This study, requiring an advanced level of student work, intends to increase both knowledge and competency for ministry in all of its variety.
Gettysburg Seminary is committed to encouraging and assisting in the continuing education of all rostered leaders in the ELCA, as well as church leaders from all denominations. Programs of continuing education are offered both on the campus and at places located within the two supporting regions and include one day events, multi day events, Gettysburg Seminary coursework and special Region 8 programs.
Theological Education for Laity
Gettysburg offers a long list of one day events and public lectures intended for broad audiences of both clergy and lay persons. The Seminary has also offered its dynamic LAY SCHOOL OF THEOLOGY each summer since 1963.
Many persons want to study at the Seminary for personal growth and enrichment, a deeper understanding of the Baptismal covenant, and a richer understanding of Christian service and responsibility to the whole people of God. For more information about application as a non degree seeking student call the Seminary's Office of Admissions, 1-800-M-LUTHER.