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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Eligibility for Admission, M.A. 

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

  • All applicants 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).
  • All applicants must demonstrate entry-level competence 

Because residential deaconess students are graduate students under the supervision of Ministerial Formation, they apply to the M.A. and also to Deaconess Studies.

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

The student will be expected to:

  • Complete four courses toward the major/minor
  • Pass the Practical Theology M.A. comprehensive examination, which is administered following completion of PRA517 Pastoral Leadership and Theology

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 at 314-505-7761 or registrar@csl.edu.

Students may select among several concentration options including exegetical, systematic, historical and practical theology.

Prior to 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

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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.

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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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