The Master of Divinity (MDiv) is an academic and professional degree program designed to prepare and equip women and men for ordained ministry.
The aim of the MDiv program is five-fold. It aims to assist, enable and help students to develop:
1. Religious Groundings and Denominational Heritage
Apply graduate-level critical thinking and a Gospel lens to primary sources, classical traditions, and current understandings of the Christian faith to support public proclamation of the Word.
2. Personal and Spiritual Formation
Exhibit Gospel-grounded leadership by integrating the liberating Gospel of Christ into their personal lives in a way that inspires and supports others to do the same.
3. Missional Awareness and Cultural Context
Cultivate responsible Christian engagement with today’s world by bridging historical and contemporary contexts and intersections of church and society.
4. Teaching and Continuing Education
From both learning and teaching perspectives, engage informed, intentional, and contextualized approaches to life-long education that nurtures Christian formation.
5. Capacity for Ministerial and Public Leadership
Lead others in church and community collaborations that serve the transformative and life-affirming work of Christ-in-the-world.
The MDiv program is a 90 credit program, comprised of core courses, school specific courses, core colloquia, integration capstones, and an internship.
The program's structure has three levels of course work, plus a one-year internship. Students are required, as candidates for ordination in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada (ELCIC), to complete the internship prior to advancing to level three.
A typical full-time student will complete the program in four years.
For further information, the LTS-MDiv Program Handbook elaborates on MDiv program requirements. Please visit our Handbooks page to locate the handbook.
MDiv Requirements for Admission
Requirements for admission include:
- Attainment of the Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized college or university, together with the official transcript.
- A World Religions course is strongly recommended.
- For those over the age of 31 and without a BA or its equivalent, LTS will consider successful completion of a LTS “Prior Learning Assessment” (PLAR):
- Completion of the online MDiv Application for Admission, plus submission of supporting documents as outlined in the application form (such as transcripts, references, autobiography, criminal and vulnerable sector records checks).
- Submission of the $75 application fee (please note: the application fee, for applicants that require a Canadian Study Permit, is $200 in Canadian funds)
- Candidacy Committee (CC) endorsement for ELCIC (Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada) students or, for students of other denominations, a letter from their judicatory.
- For those whose first language is not English, they must successfully complete one of two options: 1) a DUOLINGO English overall test score of 120, OR 2) a TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) IBT score (including the speaking component) of 88 with no component less than 20, or if the TOEFL IBT is not available, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) is a prerequisite.
Tuition / Fees
Please visit our Tuition page for a summary of tuition and other program fees.
Please visit our Admissions page to learn how to apply.
It is important to note that the online application form must be completed in full (or near to full), and the application fee must be paid before we can begin processing your application.
Time Frame to Apply
Please visit our How to Apply page.
Students must apply online.