American Lutheran Theological Seminary (ALTS) was formed by The American Association of Lutheran Churches (The AALC) to meet the needs of our growing church body through the teaching and forming of pastors. Over the past three decades our processes, technologies, and patterns have changed considerably, but our heart to serve has remained the same.
Our seminary respects and honors the past while embracing the future of pastoral formation.
On-line theological education is a convenient and inexpensive platform using the latest technology to engage in distance learning via the internet. Live video classroom discussions offer an active environment for pastoral formation. Discussion becomes vital in our online community as we walk together.
ALTS offers three online degree programs:
- A Master of Divinity [M.Div.] degree is the path to Ordination within the American Association of Lutheran Churches [AALC]. The M.Div. program consists of 30 courses and a 1-year Vicarage. [Learn More]
- A Master of Arts in Religion [M.A.R.] degree is the path to certification for Commissioned Church workers including: Deaconness, Youth Minister, Church Adminastrator, and Christian School Principal. The M.A.R. program consists of 10 courses plus a Master’s Thesis. The student will choose one of three focused areas of study: Outreach, Pedagogy, and Administration. [Learn More]
- A Master of Arts in Theology [M.A.T.] degree is designed for individuals seeking graduate theological education. The M.A.T. program consists of 10 courses plus a Master’s Thesis. The student will choose from four specialized areas of study: General Studies, Exegetical Studies, Doctrinal Studies, and Historical Studies. [Learn More]
Traditional Residential Studies
- Residential studies take place at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne (CTSFW). The residential program reflects an historical approach to pastoral formation. Residential students receive a Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree from the host seminary (CTSFW). [Learn More].