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LTS offers the following degree and certificate programs:


Master of Divinity (MDiv)


Master of Theological Studies (MTS)

  • MTS in Biblical, Theological and Historical Studies
  • MTS in Health Care and Parish Nursing
  • MTS in Diaconal Ministry

Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

Doctor of Ministry (DMin)

Diaconal Certificate

Lutheran Formation Certificate





Lutheran Formation Certificate

The Lutheran Formation Certificate program is a program designed to integrate completed MDiv study at seminaries not endorsed by the ELCIC with intensive reflection on Lutheran perspectives in theological and pastoral studies.

Requirements for Admission

1. CTEL endorsement.

2. Completion of Application for Admission, including photograph, biography, medical report, application fee ($75) and other requested information.

3. Completion or near-completion of a MDiv program together with the official transcript.

4. The receipt of four letters of reference on behalf of the student.

5. Documentation of criminal records check and child abuse registry check.

6. Be able to meet the "Essential Skills and Attributes Required for Study in Theological Degree Programs", as listed on pages 7 - 9 of the Academic Calendar.


The Lutheran Formation Certificate Program is an academic professional certificate program for approved ELCIC candidates for ordination who need to complete a period of intensive reflection on the Lutheran understanding of the core sources of the faith. Candidates who have completed their theological studies elsewhere take this residency to exercise and demonstrate their capacity for confessional, Lutheran critical thinking in the practice of the full range of disciplines for ministry.


1. To engage these candidates in rigorous pastoral, theological reflection from core Lutheran perspectives across the range of theological and pastoral areas of parish and specialized ministry.

2. To address any areas in need of remedial work or particular focus in the student’s previous training.


The faculty holds that the fore-going purposes of the Lutheran Formation Certificate shall be fulfilled by:

1. completion of 9 courses chosen in consultation with their faculty advisor.

2. an accumulated average of not less than 65%.

3. participation in the processes of spiritual formation and worship.

Required Courses

Church History and Historical Theology

(6 credits minimum)

SL 120 Lutheran Confessions

HL 248 Confessional Lutheranism in the Canadian Context

Pastoral Theology

(6 credits minimum)

PL 115 Introduction to Liturgy

PL 215 Introduction to Homiletics

Systematic Theology, Ethics

(3 credits minimum)

300 level Senior Theology course

The remaining four courses are chosen in conjunction with the faculty advisor. Although not required for the Lutheran Formation Certificate, other experiences that may be required by the ELCIC CTELs for ordination are: Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), 1 quarter; Supervised pastoral residency


Diaconal Certificate Program

The Diaconal Certificate Program is a program that prepares a candidate for diaconal ministries in the ELCIC.

Requirements for Admission

1. CTEL endorsement.
2. Completion of Application for Admission, including photograph, biography, medical report, application fee ($75) and other requested information.
3. Attainment of the Bachelor of Arts degree, or its equivalent, from a recognized college or university together with the official transcript
4. The receipt of four letters of reference on behalf of the student.
5. Documentation of criminal records check and child abuse registry.
6. Be able to meet the "Essential Skills and Attributes Required for Study in Theological Degree Programs", as listed on pages 7 - 9 of the Academic Calendar.


The Diaconal Certificate Program at Lutheran Theological Seminary is an academic, professional certificate program designed to prepare men and women for diaconal ministries of the ELCIC.


The faculty of the Lutheran Theological Seminary identifies the following objectives to meet these goals:

1. to introduce students to the historical background, exegetical tools, content, literary forms, and theologies of both the Old and New Testament and to engage them in the questions of interpreting and enacting the Word in their witness.
2. to introduce participants to the Church’s historic and confessional witness and to locate that witness within the Canadian and ecumenical context.
3. to introduce participants to the essentials of Lutheran theology.
4. to familiarize students with the ethical norms underlying Christian responsibility and conduct as presented in the Scriptures and as historically interpreted in the church.
5. to foster a critical awareness of contemporary issues in relation to the diaconal ministries specific to each student.
6. to introduce students to related fields of pastoral theology as they impact on their diaconal focuses.
7. to involve students in disciplines of spiritual formation including planning and leading daily chapel worship.


The faculty holds that the foregoing objectives of the Diaconal Certificate Program will be achieved through student fulfillment of the following curricular components:
1. completion of the seven required courses and two electives.
2. an accumulated average of not less than 65% in the program. Up to two courses may be taken on pass/fail basis.

Required Curriculum


(6 credits minimum)
BL 231 Pentateuch OR BL 228 Isaiah and the Prophets
BL 276 OR 277 OR 278 Lectionary Gospel for the Year OR BL 272 Galatians OR BL 275 Romans

Church History and Historical Theology

(6 credits minimum)
HL 248 Confessional Lutheranism in the Canadian Context (if student is pursuing a Lutheran vocation)
SL 120 Lutheran Confessions (if student is pursuing a Lutheran vocation)
Note: If the student is not pursuing a Lutheran Vocation, they must replace these two courses with two other historical or historical theology courses, preferably in their own tradition.

Systematic Theology and Ethics

(6 credits minimum)
SL 210 Theology I
SL 211 Theology II

Pastoral Theology

(3 credits)
PL 215 Homiletics

Required Electives (3 credits - Choose One)

PL 115 Introduction to Liturgy
PL 230 Introduction to Pastoral Care OR
PL 260 Introduction to Christian Education I OR PL 261 Christian Education II


The remaining one course needed to make up the total of ten are normally chosen from the area of diaconal ministry concentration.
Note: Although not required for the academic requirement of the Diaconal Certificate Program, other experiences that are required by the ELCIC for consecration are:

  • Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE), 1 quarter
  • Supervised pastoral residency
  • Diaconal Retreat


Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

STM Handbook 2018-19


DMin (Doctor of Ministry)

DMin Handbook 2018-19


This program provides ministry professionals with interdisciplinary tools to help congregations and other faith-based organizations engage their communities more effectively, bringing their gifts into stronger partnership with community groups and institutions. The program is cohort-based, distance-format, and deeply engaged with students' ministry context. Although town and country-focused, the tools it offers have transcontextual application and interest.

Expected Outcomes

Students who complete this program will have the following skills and abilities:

  • An ability to analyze community and congregational cultures and provide leadership in building ecumenical and social partnerships to strengthen and develop those cultures
  • An ability to reflect theologically on the role of small and rural churches in the community-building mission of God
  • An expanded set of biblical, theological, spiritual and pastoral resources for ecumenical ministry in rural or marginalized settings.

Admission Requirements

Students must possess an MDiv or MTS degree, or their equivalents as defined by their school of registration.

A minimum Grade Point Average of 75 per cent (or its equivalent) in the above degrees is required.

Completion of Application for Admission, application fee ($75) and other requested information.

Students will normally have the equivalent of three years of active ministry subsequent to the completion of their MDiv/MTS degree (or equivalents) and will be located in a ministry site suitable for carrying out a collaborative ministry project.

Foreign equivalences

Since methods of recording grades and conferring degrees differ from country to country, foreign students wishing to enter the DMin program must write to the Registrar of the STU school in which they want to enroll, submitting details of their academic careers. This report should include transcripts of academic work and copies of any degrees or diplomas held, together with some information about the institutions granting the degrees. For those whose first language is not English, a minimum TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language) IBT score (including the speaking component) of 88 with no component less than 20, or, if the TOEFL IBT is not available, a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) is a prerequisite. Test scores should be forwarded directly to the Registrar of the appropriate college.

Qualifying work

If there is a question about whether candidates have the prerequisites needed for the program, candidates may be required to complete qualifying work prior to formal admittance, at the discretion of the DMin Committee.

Application Procedures

Applications for admission can be made to any of the three schools in the Saskatoon Theological Union. Application forms may be obtained from any of the Registrars.

Applications are received by the Registrar and then forwarded to the Director of the DMin Committee.

After reviewing the application, the Director of the DMin Committee forwards it, with any pertinent comment(s) to the DMin Committee with recommendation(s). The Committee rules on the application and communicates its decision to the school of registration, with a copy of the recommendation sent to the GSC chair. The school where the applicant applied will then notify the applicant of its own decision and (if the decision is positive) enrolls the applicant in the program.

Applications for the DMin must be received by their school of registration at least three months in advance of the formation of a new cohort. Normally new cohorts begin in June.

Program Design

The DMin with a concentration in Rural Ministry and Community Development is primarily targeted towards ministers of all denominations in Western Canada in a town or country setting who are interested in a rigorous program of interdisciplinary theological study aimed at helping them to lead their ministry sites in a more effective engagement with their communities.

The DMin program has three chief components:

  1. colloquia
  2. courses of instruction, and
  3. a project in ministry planned, carried out and written up as a final report in collaboration with a team in the ministry site and presented to an evaluation committee.


The colloquia are opportunities for cohort-building and sharing of learning among cohort members, and counts as 4 credit hours towards the DMin degree.

Colloquium 1 is a ten hour, in-residence orientation to the DMin program. To avoid additional travel it may be held in conjunction with the initial DMin Foundations in Rural Ministry and Community Development course. Students are introduced to the STU faculty, to each other and to the program. The intent is to build cohort cohesion and to begin work on students' DMin learning plans.

Colloquium 2 will be held in distance format using a video-conferencing website. For this colloquium students will need access to a high-speed internet connection and a computer with webcam and earphones. The colloquium will focus on topics of the cohort's choosing under the direction of a professor. They will involve some preparatory reading and email sharing of ideas, together with about 4 hours of on-line discussion.

Colloquium 3, the final colloquium, is dedicated to sharing project ideas and firming up project proposals.


20 credit hours of coursework are required. For the DMin program with a concentration on Rural Ministry and Community Development the following courses are mandatory:

  • Foundations for Rural Ministry & Community Development (3 cr)
  • Assessment Tools for Rural Community Analysis (3 cr)
  • Biblical, Theological and Historical Sources (3 cr)
  • Qualitative Research Methods in Rural Settings (2 cr)
  • Capstone Course (3 cr)

In addition, each student will choose two electives from among courses offered at the DMin level and appropriate to his or her learning plan. With approval by the student's Program Director, the student may transfer in as electives up to six credit hours from appropriate graduate courses in other accredited institutions.

The courses will be 5-day intensives, taught by STU and qualified outside faculty from the University of Saskatchewan and other schools. The Centre for Rural Community Leadership and Ministry – "CiRCLe M" may also provide recommendations for qualified faculty. The courses will normally be taught on the campuses of the STU though transfer courses, and one of the STU courses may be offered at another location that would be suitable for learning and cohort access.

Each course has three components:

  1. Pre-class preparation. This may involve substantial reading and other assignments chosen by the professor. Syllabi will be made available to students via the postal service and/or email approximately ninety (90) days prior to the week on campus so the student will have sufficient time to order the required textbooks and complete all reading and/or assignments.
  2. Class time. This will be a five (5)-day interactive teaching module on campus or on a site chosen by the DMin Committee. One module per program may be taught through video conferencing.
  3. Post-class work. This will involve an integrative ministry and/or writing project which draws from assigned readings, classroom presentations and interaction, as well as additional research. Post-class assignments are due ninety (90) days from the arrival of the syllabus, or sixty (60) days from the final day of the class component, whichever is later.


Project in Ministry

The Project, Final Report and Public Presentation of the Final Report count as 6 credit hours toward the DMin degree. Prior to requesting admission, and throughout the first half of the DMin program, students work with their ministry sites (including community members) to identify an area in which a collaborative community-building project might be carried out. This project will be led by a ministry team, chaired by the DMin student, who is responsible for the initial recruitment and training of the team. Instruction in how to form a ministry team is given in Colloqium 1. However, prior to that, as part of their admission documents, the student must give written evidence that the ministry site has given permission for, and is invested in, the DMin program. See "Application for Admission to Saskatoon Theological Union Graduate Studies Programs."

By the end of the fourth course students will have worked with their ministry team to select a community-building issue to research and act on. A proposal for the project will be written up by the student in collaboration with the ministry team. See "Preparing a Proposal for a DMin Project and Final Report."

In its final form, the project involves systematic research and action around a significant issue in the community in which one's ministry is located. It will be written up in the form of a final report, using input from, and language that is accessible to, the ministry team that coordinated the project. In the final report the student and ministry team will seek to integrate the theory, theology and experience of ministry as a community-building practice as it is revealed in their project.

DMin Program - Course Requirement Checklist