Academics: Programme Details

Programme Requirements - Master of Divinity

Successful completion of 108 semester hours, including:

Exegetical Theology (24 hours)

  • Principles and Practice of Biblical Interpretation
  • Old Testament Studies I, II, III
  • New Testament Studies I, II

Systematic Theology (24 hours)

  • Introduction to Theology
  • Lutheran Confessions I, II
  • Religious Bodies in Canada
  • Creation to Christ
  • Christian Faith and Life
  • Church and Sacraments
  • Theological Ethics

Historical Theology (12 hours)

  • Historical Theology I: The Patristic Age
  • Historical Theology II: The Medieval and Reformation Periods
  • Historical Theology III: The Emergence of Modernity
  • Historical Theology IV: Lutheranism in North America

Practical Theology (33 hours)

  • Worship in the Parish I & II
  • Preaching in the Parish
  • Catechetics
  • Choir (One year is required. Three semester hours of elective credit is granted for 6 semesters of participation.)
  • Evangelism in the Parish
  • Advanced Preaching
  • "Church and World" Pool Elective
  • Vicarage
  • Pastoral Ministry and Practice

Electives (15 hours)

  • Free electives (9 hours)
  • Research elective (3 hours) [or optional Master's Treatise, 6 hours]

Programme Requirements - Master of Theological Studies

Successful completion of 54 semester hours, including:

Exegetical Theology (9 hours)

  • Principles and Practice of Biblical Interpretation
  • Old Testament Studies I
  • New Testament Studies I

Systematic Theology (9 hours)

  • Introduction to the Study of Theology
  • Lutheran Confessions I, II

Historical Theology (9 hours)

  • Historical Theology I: The Patristic Age
  • Historical Theology II: The Medieval and Reformation Periods
  • Historical Theology III: The Emergence of Modernity

Practical Theology (6 hours)

  • Worship in the Parish I
  • Catechetics

Electives (21 hours)

  • Electives in one's major discipline (certain restrictions apply) (6 hours)
  • Free electives (9 hours)
  • Research elective (3 hours) plus additional elective (3 hours); or Master's Treatise (6 hours)

This programme is available to teachers, other church workers, and church members who wish to have a better understanding of their faith and their church. This may include course requirements for special programmes leading to certification for the diaconate of Lutheran Church-Canada.

For students preparing to be a Lutheran teacher or church worker, the Colloquy Committee of Lutheran Church-Canada determines which courses are needed to meet their needs. By taking these courses at Concordia, St. Catharines, students are able simultanously to satisfy the committee's requirements and earn a post-graduate degree in theology!

The programme requires about two years to complete its 54 credit hours. An undergraduate degree is a prerequisite. See the current Academic Calendar for further details.

Diploma Programme

Concordia may accept a limited number of students who do not have a bachelor's degree into its Residential Diploma Programme, successful completion of which will lead to certification for ordination in Lutheran Church-Canada (or for commendation as a candidate for ordination in a sister church).

Applicants for this programme must be at least 35 years of age by 31 December of their year of enrolment, have been members of a Lutheran congregation for a period of at least seven years, and have accumulated significant experience assisting their home pastor (as elder/deacon, lector, Bible class teacher, evangelism and/or shut-in caller etc.).

Successful applicants will be admitted to a one-year probationary period of pre-seminary study that will include courses in Greek, Hebrew, English Bible, basic Christian doctrine, and church history.

Although no Brock degree will be awarded on successful completion of the Residential Diploma Programme, this course of studies requires that a student earn passing marks in all components of the regular curriculum.

The course contents of the Diploma Programme parallel the M.Div. require­ments, with the exception of the following:

  • the elective requirement is reduced to two half courses;
  • the 6-hour treatise is replaced by a 3-hour research paper;
  • there is no limit on the number of C grades for which credit may be earned.