Current Programs

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LTS nurtures and challenges all people for Christ-centered leadership and witness for God’s mission in the world.

We welcome people from both Lutheran and non-Lutheran traditions, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities. We are currently offering these programs:

Graduate-level Studies

Doctoral

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

The Dmin offers an opportunity to reflect on experience gained in church leadership roles. The program focuses especially on community development, finding ways to connect church institutions and community needs. Eligibility: 1) attainment of an MDiv or MTS degree (or their equivalents); and 2) the student will normally have the equivalent of three years of active ministry subsequent to an MDiv/MTS degree (or equivalents); and 3) will be located in a ministry site suitable for carrying out a collaborative ministry project.

Master

Master of Divinity (MDiv)

The MDiv is our basic professional degree. If you want to serve the church as a pastor or in a related professional role, this is the right program. LTS is supported by the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), so we are the place to study if that's where you see your future. We prepare people for other church denominations too, so it's worth asking whether we can work with you. Eligibility: 1) attainment of the Bachelor of Arts degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized college or university, or 2) attainment of PLAR (see below); and Candidacy Committee (CC) endorsement for ELCIC students or, for students from other denominations, a letter from their judiciary.

Master of Theology (ThM)

The Master of Theology degree is an academic degree used for continuing education or a stepping stone towards doctoral studies and allows for specialization in a particular field of theological study. The ThM is offered through the graduate studies Council of the Saskatoon Theological Union (STU)*. Eligibility: 1) attainment of of the MDiv or MTS degree, or first graduate theological degree providing equivalent theological background, or its equivalent; 2) evidence of aptitude for advanced theological study.

*The STU is a partnership between three seminaries in Saskatoon: Lutheran Theological Seminary, College of Emmanuel and St. Chad (Anglican), and St. Andrew's College (United Church).

Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

The MTS program is designed to offer rigorous, advanced theological learning that engages Christian thinking with contemporary issues and challenges. Graduates can use their training in a variety of ways such as working as chaplains, teaching, or as a stepping stone to further theological studies. The MTS offers two streams: 1) Biblical, Theological and Historical Study and 2) Diaconal Ministries. Eligibility: 1) attainment of the Bachelor of Arts degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized college or university, or 2) attainment of PLAR (see below)

Certificate

Diaconal Certificate: for diaconal ministries in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC)

This one-year certificate prepares candidates for diaconal ministry in the ELCIC (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada). Eligibility: 1) attainment of a bachelor's degree, college degree, a graduate degree or a professional certificate appropriate to the designated field of specialization. If the degree is in an unrelated field of study, significant work experience (minimum of three years) with leadership responsibilites appropriate to the type of diaconal ministry being sought; and 2) Candidacy Committee (CC) endorsement for ELCIC students or, for students from other denominations, a letter from their judiciary. 

Lutheran Formation Certificate: For approved ELCIC candidates for ordination, or for pastors from non-Lutheran traditions.

Do you have an MDiv from a non-Lutheran school? The one-year Lutheran Formation Certificate compliments your completed MDiv with intensive reflection on Lutheran perspectives in theological and pastoral studies. Eligibility: working on or attainment of an MDiv degree from a recognized non-Lutheran university.

Continuing Education

Occasional courses for rostered ministers

Are you actively serving in a church and interested in enhancing your learning? Clergy are welcome to enrol in our graduate-level courses.

Occasional

Occasional courses for students who wish to take classes (for credit or audit), but are not registered in a graduate program

Students are welcome to take the occasional graduate-level course for credit or for audit. As an occasional student, you may take up to six degree-courses for credit (or unlimited non-credit courses) before registering for a degree program.

 

Education opportunities for lay people in the church and for those being prepared for the lay and local leadership:

Lay Academy

Courses taught by qualified educators, through a collaborative program of our seminary and the four Western Synods of the ELCIC.

The Lay Academy offers Christian education to lay leaders in the church. These audit-courses are taught by qualified educators through a collaborative program of our seminary and four Western synods of the ELCIC. Learning sessions are provided throughout the year where participants learn and come together in Christ through a time of inspiring study and collaboratove discussion. The sessions can be taken from your home or church.

 

PLAR (Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition)

Not all people take the same path to seminary studies. Thus, LTS has developed a PLAR process for those who do not have completed university undergraduate degrees. If you are over 31 years of age and interested in studying at LTS, but do not have a Bachelor degree from a university, there are alternatives. To explore whether you qualify for the PLAR process, and for more information about this alternative, please look at the file on this website entitled Prior Learning assessment and Recognition Policies and Procedure. Then, if you qualify for this process, fill in the PLAR application form; please do this before you fill in the application form for the degree program for which you would like to apply, to see if you are eligible. 

PLAR Application Form