Our programs offer preparation for lay/ordained ministry, vocations in nonprofit leadership, and doctoral studies in theology.
In most cases, a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution is required for admission. A limited number of qualified applicants without bachelor's degrees may be admitted to the Master of Divinity program in accordance with the standards of The Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada.
Doctor of Ministry - for religious professionals endeavoring to advance their practice of ministry.
Master of Divinity - designed for those seeking a vocation in ordained ministry or preparation for doctoral studies in religion.
Master of Arts in Ministry and Leadership - a professional degree for those serving in ministry in a volunteer and/or paid position for three or more years and seek the opportunity to enhance their ministry gifts and pursue further theological education.
Certificate in Theological Studies - designed as a 1-year program for full-time students or as a 2-to-3-year program for part-time students. Bachelor's degree or equivalent is required for admission to the certificate program. Academic credits earned are transferable to one of our Master's degree programs (some restrictions apply).
Certificate in Anglican Studies - designed to be either a stand-alone program or to be taken as part of one of our Master's degree programs, the certificate can be completed in one year or extended for uyp to three years. Our certificate program may be appropriate for individuals seeking ordination in the Episcopal Church as well as for a variety of other ministries including the diaconate, and pastoral, education, or lay ministries.
Certificate of Completion from the Ministerial Institute of the Pennsylvania Academy of Ministry at Lancaster Theological Seminary - Our new 3-year, nondegree program is designed to be affordable and accessible. It is ideal for lay ministers, part-time pastoral leaders, individuals in discernment, and laity serving Christian denominations and independent churches.
Special Student Status
This is for (1) students at an ATS-accredited institution enrolled in a degree program who wish to supplement their studies with a course at Lancaster Seminary or (2) those who have a MDiv degree but need to take a course for academic credit to satisfy judicatory requirements for standing or ordination. Application is available here.
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