Master of Arts (M.A.), Major in Spiritual Care

deaconessBrochure2015.inddThe M.A. with a major in spiritual care is a degree that, along with an additional ministerial formation component, can lead to certification and becoming rostered in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Women enrolled in this program acquire general competence in the study of theology and the practice of diaconal ministry, including spiritual care, and are prepared to give appropriate leadership in their congregations and communities.

To receive the M.A. with a major in spiritual care, the student must complete two years of academic coursework. Those who seek certification also will complete six quarters of residential field education, which may be done concurrently while completing degree coursework, plus a one-year internship. Upon successful completion of the program, including fulfillment of program requirements and displaying competence and fitness for diaconal ministry, a deaconess student is placed in her first call by the Seminary’s director of placement and the LCMS Council of Presidents.

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Explore the Master of Arts in Deaconess Studies program

For additional information, please contact Gillian Bond, director of deaconess studies, at 314-505-7114;