AFLTS announces Certificate of Master of Divinity Studies
FOR RELEASE 12 PM CST, WEDNESDAY, JULY 19, 2017
The AFLC Schools Board of Trustees announces that in addition to offering the Master of Divinity degree, the Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary will also offer a Certificate of Master of Divinity Studies. This certificate replaces the Graduate of Theology degree for students admitted without having first earned a bachelor’s degree. If admitted to the seminary, a student not possessing a bachelor’s degree will pursue the same course of study as the regular Master of Divinity degree students. Upon completion of these studies the student will instead receive a Certificate of Master of Divinity Studies. Students receiving the Certificate of Master of Divinity Studies would have the same opportunity as regular Master of Divinity students to be recommended for ordination after an internship in an AFLC congregation. In addition, students receiving the Certificate of Master of Divinity Studies who complete a bachelor’s degree in the future would then become eligible to have their certificate upgraded to the Master of Divinity degree.
The following policy was adopted by the Board of Trustees on July 17, 2017:
Policy on Admitting M.Div. Students Who Do Not Have a Bachelor’s Degree
- No more than 15 % of the M.Div. program student body may consist of students that have not earned a baccalaureate degree.
- Any student admitted to this program of study without a baccalaureate degree is to be considered an exception from the norm and must be capable of studying and fully participating at the graduate level.
- Students admitted by exception will not be eligible at the completion of their studies to receive the M.Div. degree, but instead a Certificate of M.Div. Studies (M.Div.Cert.) which could be later be upgraded to the M.Div. degree if a baccalaureate degree is completed.
In addition, in order to be considered as a possible exception to the norm, the potential student must be:
- At least 40 years of age.
- Have completed at least 60 semester hours (or equivalent) of undergraduate study with at least a 2.0 grade point average.
- Through the application process to have demonstrated spiritual maturity and significant involvement in congregational life and ministry.
Founded in 1964 by the Association of Free Lutheran Congregations (www.aflc.org), the Free Lutheran Schools include a two year post-secondary program (Association Free Lutheran Bible School- www.aflbs.org) and a four year pastoral training program at the Masters of Divinity Level (Association Free Lutheran Theological Seminary- www.aflts.org). The Free Lutheran Schools Corporation is a candidate member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS, www.tracs.org).