Overview of Programs

ALTS Master of Divinity [MDiv]

The M.Div program is provided at Concordia Theological Seminary, Fort Wayne or Concordia Seminary, St. Louis. This degree program is reserved for men who are members in a congregation of The AALC or The LCMS, and is intended to lead directly to ordination into the Ministerium. Therefore, admission into the program is governed, along with other requirements, by the doctrinal position of our church body.

Master of Theological Studies [MTS]

The MTS program is provided for our online seminary students who are on a path towards pastoral ministry in The AALC. This program was developed as an adjunct to the Master of Divinity (M.Div) Program for preparing second career men who are called to parish ministry. Men who enroll as MTS students will eventually serve as a Vicar after recommendation and subsequent approval by the Clergy Commission.

Master of Arts in Religion [MAR]

The MAR program is a 30-credit program plus a 6 credit Master's Thesis. The program offers 3 area of concentration for the student to choose: Administration, Outreach, and Pedagogy.

The Master of Arts in Religion prepares men and women for service in Christ’s Church as a Commissioned Church Worker, or helper in the ministry of the local congregation, in such roles as: Deacon or Deaconess, Director of Youth Ministries, Bible Study Leader, or Missionary Service.

Master of Arts in Theology [MAT]

The Master of Arts in Theology educates men and women with the foundations of the Christian Faith. Our 30-credit program plus a 6 credit Master’s Thesis, begins with “The Bible in Context”.

The Bible in Context course introduces the student who does not have an extensive background in biblical languages to the linguistic and interpretive tools which will prove most useful in the discipline of biblical interpretation. It is not a course in hermeneutics but provides or reinforces the background information necessary to move into such a study.

The Master of Arts in Theology offers 4 areas of study: General Studies, Exegesis, Doctrine, and History. Each path ends with a Master’s Thesis within the course of study you the student have chosen.

The Master of Arts in Theology is a program for individuals who desire graduate studies in the foundations of Christianity.


To begin the application for admission process, please contact the ALTS Registrar.


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