Master of Arts (M.A.) Academic Program at Concordia Seminary

Master of Arts (M.A.)

The purpose of studying for the degree of Master of Arts (M.A.) is to acquire a general competence in the study of theology, which includes both a major and minor in that study.

The M.A. is designed for both clergy and laity. It is especially helpful for Christian men and women who seek to further their knowledge of theology so they may give appropriate leadership in their congregation and communities.

Students applying to the M.A. Program will declare both a major and minor area of study chosen from the following areas: Exegetical, Systematic, Historical or Practical Theology. Students choosing the Spiritual Care Major are not required to choose a major and minor.

M.A. PROGRAM MAJORS:

  • Exegetical Theology
  • Historical Theology
  • Practical Theology
  • Systematic Theology
  • Spiritual Care

Master of Arts (M.A.), Exegetical Theology Major

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Master of Arts (M.A.), Historical Theology Major

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Master of Arts (M.A.), Practical Theology Major

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Master of Arts (M.A.), Systematic Theology Major

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Masater of Arts (M.A.) Requirements

In order for an application to be considered, the following are required:

  • An applicant must have earned a bachelor’s degree from an accredited educational institution, with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
  • An M.A. applicant, (including deaconess students) must demonstrate competency by passing, at 80 percent or higher, the Entry Level Competency Examinations (ELCEs) before starting program classes. For more information please see the “Academic Policies and Procedures” section of the Academic Catalog. ELCE exams are administered through Ministerial Recruitment and Admissions.
  • An applicant is required to submit scores for the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), which include the analytical writing section. These scores may be no more than 5 years old.
  • There are no general requirements for foreign language proficiency for the M.A. Program. However, students whose major is Exegetical Theology will be required to demonstrate proficiency in biblical Greek and biblical Hebrew in order to attend courses conducted in these biblical languages.

Note: Because residential deaconess students are graduate students they must apply to the Graduate School’s M.A. Program for admission.

Spanish Language Courses

Select courses offered through Concordia Seminary’s Center for Hispanic Studies have been approved for master’s-level credit. Upon application and admission to the M.A. Program, such courses can be taken and be applied toward the M.A. degree. This option allows for the completion of the M.A. through courses that are all taught in Spanish.

Eligibility for Admission, SMP and M.A. Program

Because the SMP courses are taught at the M.A. level, and the SMP to GPC courses are M.Div./M.A. courses, by completing courses from the SMP to GPC Program you can, if you qualify, earn the M.A. degree with a Practical Theology Major from Concordia Seminary in addition to the theological certification. Among the requirements are:

  • An earned B.A. degree
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA in the SMP courses
  • Recent GRE scores (no more than 5 years old)

The student will be expected to:

  • Complete four courses toward the major/minor
  • Pass the Practical Theology M.A. comprehensive examination, which is usually administered following completion of course work.

Dual Degree Programs

Deadlines

Applications are considered by the Advanced Studies Committee (ASC) at set times throughout the year. All application materials must be received, in their entirety, by Feb. 28 (Nov. 30 for international students) each year in order for an applicant to be considered for admission.

For information regarding dual degree programs with Fontbonne University (Master of Not-for-Profit Management, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education) or Saint Louis University (Master of Social Work), please contact the Registrar's Office at 314-505-7761 or registrar@csl.edu.

To be considered a Graduate School applicant, please submit the following items:

  1. Statement of background and intention
  2. A brief essay written in English, on a theological topic of your choice
  3. Academic reference letters or letters of recommendation
  4. Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate credits you have earned. Request an official transcript from each institution and have the registrar mail it to: Graduate School, Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105 or gradschool@csl.edu.
  5. If planning to write a thesis for an M.A., please submit a written statement describing in detail a topic you have an interest in pursuing.
  6. A document explaining how you intend to finance your degree work, including living expenses
  7. A recent photograph of yourself. All international applicants to the Seminary must include a clear photocopy of the identification and picture page of their passport.
  8. Statement of previous employment or ministry experience
  9. All applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), which include the analytical writing section. These scores may be no more than 5 years old. The Concordia Seminary number for the GRE is R-6115-0

To apply:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit a $100 nonrefundable application fee. (The fee is waived for Concordia Seminary graduates and international applicants.)
  3. For applicants whose native language is not English, please submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores. The Concordia Seminary number for the TOEFL is R-6115-0.

Submit documents as attachments when submitting your application or send to gradschool@csl.edu.

There is a size limit of 10MB for each document uploaded with this application and a limit of 10 total documents that may be attached.

All submissions will be acknowledged by our office and recorded in SemNet.

Questions? Contact the Graduate School at 314-505-7100 or gradschool@csl.edu.

Students may select among several concentration options including Exegetical, Systematic, Historical and Practical Theology.

Before matriculation, all M.A. students must demonstrate proficiency in basic Christian doctrine (as represented especially in Luther’s Small and Large Catechisms), Old Testament content, and New Testament content. Proficiency may be demonstrated either by passing proficiency examinations administered by Concordia Seminary or by passing applicable courses (credit not applicable to the M.A. degree) at Concordia Seminary. Students are encouraged to take these exams as early as possible in the application process. If the exam is not passed on the first attempt, the student may either attempt the exam once more or register for the associated pre-seminary course during the summer term preceding matriculation.

Master of Arts (M.A.) Departmental Majors
Major 18 hours
Minor 12 hours
Free Electives 9 hours
Comprehensive exam in major or thesis 0 hours
Total credit hours for Master of Arts 39 hours
 

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

More details about this major are coming soon. Please check back for more information.

Eligibility

Admission to Deaconess Studies (M.A. with Major in Spiritual Care plus ministerial formation component leading to certification) ordinarily is contingent on the student’s membership in a congregation of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod or of a church body in fellowship with the Synod. An applicant is to have been involved actively as a communicant member in a Lutheran congregation for not less than two years prior to enrollment.

College Preparation

Applicants to Deaconess Studies ordinarily must possess a bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a cumulative grade-point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale). The degree should represent a broad liberal arts background and should include courses in English composition, writing and speech. It also should include courses in the humanities, psychology, social sciences, natural sciences and religion. Applicants also may find it helpful to take at least one foreign language.

For more information, review the academic catalog and entrance level competency exam requirements.

To be considered a Graduate School applicant, please submit the following items:

  1. Statement of background and intention
  2. A brief essay written in English, on a theological topic of your choice
  3. Academic reference letters or letters of recommendation
  4. Transcripts for all undergraduate and graduate credits you have earned. Request an official transcript from each institution and have the registrar mail it to: Graduate School, Concordia Seminary, 801 Seminary Place, St. Louis, MO 63105 or gradschool@csl.edu.
  5. If planning to write a thesis for an M.A., please submit a written statement describing in detail a topic you have an interest in pursuing.
  6. A document explaining how you intend to finance your degree work, including living expenses
  7. A recent photograph of yourself. All international applicants to the Seminary must include a clear photocopy of the identification and picture page of their passport.
  8. Statement of previous employment or ministry experience
  9. All applicants are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examinations (GRE), which include the analytical writing section. These scores may be no more than five years old. The Concordia Seminary number for the GRE is R-6115-0

To apply:

  1. Complete the online application.
  2. Submit a $100 nonrefundable application fee. (The fee is waived for Concordia Seminary graduates and and international applicants.)
  3. For applicants whose native language is not English, please submit Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test scores. The Concordia Seminary number for the TOEFL is R-6115-0.

Submit documents as attachments when submitting your application or send to gradschool@csl.edu.

There is a size limit of 10MB for each document uploaded with this application and a limit of 10 total documents that may be attached.

All submissions will be acknowledged by our office and recorded in SemNet.

Questions? Contact the Graduate School at 314-505-7100 or gradschool@csl.edu.

More details about this major are coming soon. Please check back for more information.

Master of Arts in Spiritual Care

EXEGETICAL THEOLOGY 9 hours
EXE507 Interpreting and Communicating the Word 3 hours
EXE721 Reading and Using the New Testament* 3 hours
EXE731 Psalms for Spiritual Care 1.5 hours
EXE7XX English-based Old Testatment course** 1.5 hours

*EXE522(Synoptic Gospels) and EXE525 (PaulineEpistles) can be taken in place of EXE721. Proficiency in biblical Greek required.

**EXE512 (Torah) or EXE515 (Prophets) can be taken in place of EXE7XX. Proficiency in biblical Hebrew required.

PRACTICAL THEOLOGY 9 hours
PRA711 Spiritual Care Foundations 3 hours
PRA712 Spiritual Care of Women 3 hours
PRA714 Spiritual Care & the Word 3 hours
SYSTEMATIC THEOLOGY 12 hours
SYS507 Introduction to Systematic Theology 3 hours
SYS511 Creeds and Confessions 3 hours
SYS512 Systematics I or SYS513 Church & World 3 hours
SYS528 Theology of Ethics and Human Care 3 hours
HISTORICAL THEOLOGY 3 hours
HIS507 Introduction to Historical Theology 3 hours
FREE ELECTIVES 9 hours
Comprehensive Exam or Thesis  
Total credit hours M.A. (Spiritual Care): 42 hours + Exam or Thesis
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Master of Arts (M.A.), Taught in Spanish

In partnership with Concordia Seminary’s Graduate School, the Center for Hispanic Studies (CHS) offers an M.A. Program to qualified students. Students can major in Practical Theology or Systematic Theology.

Select courses offered through CHS have been approved for master’s-level credit. Upon application and admission to the M.A. Program, such courses can be taken and be applied toward the M.A. degree. This option allows for the completion of the M.A. through courses that are all taught in Spanish.

Master of Arts (M.A.), Taught in Spanish

Specific Ministry Pastor to Master of Arts (SMP-M.A.)

By completing courses in the SMP to General Pastor Certification (GPC) Program, students may qualify to earn an M.A. with a Practical Theology Major in addition to theological certification and a Systematic Theology Minor.


Master of Arts (M.A.) Dual Degree Programs

For information regarding dual degree programs with Fontbonne University (Master of Not-for-Profit Management, Master of Business Administration, Master of Education) or Saint Louis University (Master of Social Work), please contact the Registrar's Office.


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