Luther Seminary is the largest seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA). Located in the Saint Anthony Park neighborhood of St. Paul, Minnesota, its mission is to prepare students for service in rostered ministry and leadership positions within the ELCA and its ecumenical partners.
As of the 2010-2011 academic year, Luther serves 796 total students (54% male, 46% female), employing 45 full-time faculty along with 20 adjunct faculty. Luther Seminary offers a Master of Divinity degree (M.Div.), for students seeking ordination, as well as Master of Arts, Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.) and Doctor of Philosophy degrees for other students.
As in most seminaries, M.Div. students complete three years of theological education, divided into a junior year (first), middler year (second) and senior year (final). A full year of internship, usually in a parish, is an integral part of pastoral training, and a degree requirement for ELCA M.Div. students. While individual situations may vary, internship typically begins after two-thirds of coursework has been completed. Thus, most students complete internship between their middler and senior year. The internship requirement is unique to the ELCA among the other Mainline denominations in the U.S.
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