Graduate Programs

Master's Studies

A Master's Degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes 36 credits of study at the graduate level.

See our Admissions Requirements page for entrance requirements and advanced placement credits.

Available Programs

We offer the following master's degree programs:

  • Master of Theology
  • Master of Pastoral Ministry
  • Master of Christian Education

Each track is made up of 9 3-credit courses, 1 ministry practicum earning 3 credits, plus a formal 50-page-minimum thesis worth 6 credits for a total of 36 credits. (A master's candidate has the option of substituting two (2) pre-approved elective courses in lieu of a thesis.)

NOTE: The masters-level degree tracks listed below are those currently available though LCU Online®. The specialized degrees available though attendance at a physical campus location varies from campus to campus, depending upon the faculty available to them. Every LCU extension campus offers the Theology track, regardless of whatever other specialized degrees they are qualified to offer.

Master of Theology Track

This major course of study is for students who desire to expand their training and deepen their knowledge and understanding of the Bible and theology.

Typicial Masters Courses List —
Theology Track
Course# Course Title Credits
TH-503 Modern Cults & False Religions of the World I 3
TH-504 Modern Cults & False Religions of the World II 3
CC-409 Temperament Theory 3
BI-404 Pastoral Epistles 3
CA-402 Team Focus, Achievement & Promotion 3
MU-404 True Worship 3
CC-402 Counseling with Scripture 3
TH-506 Expository Preaching 3
ED-406 Educating Adults 3
MP-500 Ministry Practicum 3
WR-500 Master's Thesis (50-pg-min.) or 2 additional courses 6
Total Credits 36
NOTE: These courses are suggested only for students who have already completed the Program #1-4 courses in theology.

Master of Pastoral Ministry Track

This major course of study helps pastors increase their effectiveness in the work of the ministry. The Master's in Pastoral Ministry degree prepares the student with a rich, well-rounded program encompassing elements of church administration, Christian education, Christian counseling, music, and theology, preparing the pastor to lead the church in all areas of ministry.

Typicial Masters Courses List —
Pastoral Ministry Track
Course# Course Title Credits
CA-402 Ministry Team Success 3
TH-431 Church History 3
MU-413 Biblical Music, Praise & Worship; 3
CC-479 Wonderful Counselor 3
BI-420 Hebrews 3
TH-426 Tabernacles of God 3
CC-409 Temperament Theory 3
ED-406 Educating Adults from a Christian Perspective 3
TH-506 Expository Preaching 3
MP-500 Ministry Practicum 3
WR-500 Master's Thesis (50-pg-min.) or 2 additional courses 3
Total Credits 36
NOTE: These courses are suggested only for students who have already completed the Program #1-3 courses in theology and the Program #4 courses in pastoral ministry.

Master of Christian Education Track

This major course of study is available to LCU graduates with a Bachelors in Theology or Pastoral Ministry who desire to earn a masters degree in Christian Education. The course content is similar to the Program 4 track in Christian Education, but with additional reading and writing required for each course.

Typicial Masters Courses List —
Christian Education Track
Course# Course Title Credits
ED-402 Introduction to Christian Education 3
ED-403 Educational Psychology for the Christian Teacher 3
ED-414 Spirit-led Classroom Management 3
ED-405 Educating Children & Youth from a Christian Perspective 3
ED-406 Educating Adults from a Christian Perspective 3
ED-401 Teaching the Bible 3
ED-415 Ministry of the Teacher 3
ED-408 Christian Literature 3
ED-419 Child & Adolescent Counseling for the Christian Teacher 3
MP-500 Ministry Practicum 3
Total Credits 30
NOTE: Program may change without prior notice.

Doctoral Studies

A doctoral degree is awarded to a student who successfully completes 45 credits of study at the doctoral level.

All doctoral-level programs are individually designed for qualified students who want an in-depth study of a particular area of ministry. Each 45-credit program is designed as in-ministry education for ministry professionals and will build on ministry experience and previous education while challenging the individual candidate to pursue and realize their full potential.

The Ph.D. program is the capstone to all previous academic degrees. It represents the most prestigious accomplishment in a student's educational endeavors.

See our Admissions Requirements page for entrance requirements and advanced placement credits.

Available Programs

We offer the following doctoral programs:

  1. Doctor of Ministry (D.Min.)
    • D.Min. in Theology
    • D.Min. in Pastoral Ministry
  2. Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
    • Ph.D. in Theology
    • Ph.D. in Pastoral Ministry

Doctoral Program Requirements

  1. The completion of 5 postgraduate-level courses related to the student's major and pre-approved by the student's faculty advisor.
  2. One doctoral dissertation of a minimum of 150 pages. Dissertation guidelines are available from your student advisor.
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