Course based Programs

Masters of Divinity – M.Div.

A Master of Divinity is a professional degree leading to the pastoral certification. The degree generally includes studies in pastoral theology, Greek, Hebrew, church history, liturgics, exegesis, homiletics and systematic theology, in addition to a practicum stent. The degree may or may not include a thesis. The M.Div. degree is generally more extensive than other masters programs. On the whole, the Master of Divinity degree requires at least 90 semester hours of study. The work done in the Masters of Divinity (M.Div.) is often used as discovery work for the professional Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) degree.

The Masters of Divinity degree is awarded upon completing a third year steeped in scripture. Classes are in extended format where necessary to accommodate translation work. The first two years of courses will be adjusted to make room for additional Biblical and Homiletical courses. Wittenberg Institute will work with the course catalog to make matriculation at another Lutheran seminary as painless as possible, if required.

Masters of Theology – M.Th.

A Master of Theology is an advanced theological research degree offered by many university divinity schools, theological schools and seminaries worldwide. In North America, the Master of Theology (M.Th.) is considered to be the minimum educational credential and requirement for teaching Baccalaureate and Graduate level theological subjects. The M.Th. is usually designed as an advanced academic degree with an emphasis on academic research. The Master of Theology is often used to prepare students for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) or Doctor of Theology (Th.D.)

Wittenberg Institutes catalog includes the major theological and historical courses that provide the framework for our studentʼs education. Since our student body is small, we require that each student, within the framework, to develop a course of study that best suits their interest and future educational plan. Our faculty provides direction for our students in the form of description rather than prescription for study. The Course based model revolves around our visiting fellows. A typical time-line involves pre-reading a list of assigned texts followed by discussion with our in-house faculty tutors. A 1-2 week intensive lecture with an expert in the subject follows. Lectures are recorded and provided to Consortium Congregations. Follow-up seminars held and the course terminate with completion of an assigned paper.