Description of PhD Program
Luther Seminary is currently restructuring its PhD program. Pre-applications for the revised program are now being accepted for admission in fall of 2017. Students should contact the office of admissions to express interest. Program information provided here is accurate but subject to some change.
The primary thrust of the program is to equip participants to be global leaders in the 21st century worldwide, ecumenical and missional church. Participants will be expected to develop and articulate biblical, theological and/or ministerial themes and approaches that recognize the interdependence and interconnectedness of local church, global church and the world. It is a goal of the program that these themes and approaches shall be developed in dialogue with the traditions of the Reformation and the contemporary ecumenical landscape. Students will develop a thorough and deep understanding of the Christian confession of faith; will engage critically in the prevalent themes of local and global civil societies in view of the mission of the church; and will develop constructive responses to 21st century global challenges, such as environmental sustainability and social, cultural and technological change. Participants will be prepared for placement primarily in areas of theological education and church leadership, but will also develop the skills necessary for work in research centers, NGO's, global multilateral organizations, human rights associations, etc.
This PhD program model is designed to give students flexibility to propose and engage in a course of study that is individualized, interdisciplinary, integrative, contextual, and cross-cultural in nature. Students in consultation with their principal adviser and the Graduate Studies Committee will craft a concentration that embodies their research interests and provides coherence to their study. These areas of concentration are expected to draw upon the established academic discourses of Bible, church history, theology, and practical theology, and to be in creative interdisciplinary conversation with the primary thrust of the program.
All students will receive a financial aid award that will minimally include (a) a full tuition scholarship, plus (b) a living expense stipend of $10,000 for each of the four years of the program. ELCA co-sponsored students will receive no funding for family living expenses and travel during their two residential years.
Each student shall be required to be in residency for at least two years of the program. All students will be in residency their first year. The preferred second year of required residency is the fourth or thesis writing year. In the case of international students, it is preferred that the second and third year be spent in the student’s context, with the student returning to the seminary for a 4-6 week period of residency those years for coursework and the comprehensive examination and thesis proposal workshops (see paragraph nos. 10 and 16). Domestic students will be strongly encouraged to propose, arrange and participate in a semester-long immersion experience during the second year. This experience should take place somewhere in the global south or in a suitable alternative location approved by a student’s principal adviser and the Graduate Studies Committee.
Financial aid is available for students in the post-master of divinity degree programs. Federal Direct loans are accessible by completing a Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Tuition scholarships are available through the Graduate Theological Education Office.
Eric D. Barreto
Associate Professor of New Testament, Luther Seminary
2008-2009 Dissertation Year Fellow
Guillermo C. Hansen
Associate Professor of Global Christianity, Societies and Cultures & Martin Luther King Jr. Chair of Justice and Christian Community
Hispanic Centers and Programs
Luther Seminary offers a Master of Divinity - Concentration in Spanish Language for Ministry
Library Resources-Special Collections
The Library is an essential part of the educational program of Luther Seminary. It holds over 250,000 items. In addition, the library subscribes to approximately 500 periodicals and regularly expands its collection of video, audio, microfilm and online resources.
Special collections include the Carl Døving Hymnology Collection of about 1,000 hymnbooks and the Jacob Tanner Catechism Collection with translations of Luther’s Small Catechism in 170 languages and dialects. The Special Collections Room, accessible by appointment, houses all pre-1800 volumes and features unique items such as a 1531 edition of the Augsburg Confession printed in Wittenberg.
Students have access to an additional 500,000 volumes available in the other four theological libraries of the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools. Reciprocal borrowing privileges are extended throughout the Consortium.
All collections may be searched through dedicated search terminals in the library, as well as through the library’s web page. The web page also provides links to digital resources, to the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools catalogs, and to additional research resources.
Luther Seminary is a member of the Minnesota Consortium of Theological Schools (MNCTS), formally organized in 1971. Other member schools are:
Bethel Theological Seminary (Baptist General Conference)
Luther Seminary (Evangelical Lutheran Church in America)
School of Theology at Saint John’s University, Collegeville (Roman Catholic)
The Saint Paul Seminary School of Divinity, University of St. Thomas (Roman Catholic)
United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities (United Church of Christ)
The consortium makes the resources of the participating faculties and institutions more readily available to students from each participating school, strengthens the degree and continuing education programs of the schools, provides a channel for inter-faculty fellowship and discussion and advances ecumenical understanding.
Together, the five theological libraries of the consortium hold more than 500,000 volumes. These holdings constitute the most significant resource in religious studies between Chicago and the Pacific Coast.
Andrés Roberto Albertson
2015-2016 Dissertation Scholar
The HTIC person to contact for information on Ph.D. studies at Luther Seminary is:
Name: Dr. Dirk Lange
Title: Associate Dean of Graduate Theological Education
Email: [email protected]
Updated March 2016