Master of Arts in Diaconal Ministry
Wartburg Theological Seminary

Program Details

The MA in Diaconal Ministry offered online by Wartburg Theological Seminary is a program that prepares students to enter service within the church as a deacon.  Upon completion of the program, you will meet the Deacon of the Evangelical Lutheran Church candidacy requirements.  Wartburg’s program takes two years, at a minimum, to complete and integrates a rotation in clinical pastoral care, a 1000-hour internship and a research project.  Distance students are expected to attend week-long sessions on campus at the beginning of each semester and complete a January-term course or travel experience each year, as well. Coursework comprising Wartburg’s online MA in Diaconal Ministry includes:

  • Formation for discipleship
  • Preaching
  • Lutheran confessions
  • Christian ethics


  • Requires two one-week intensives on campus
  • Accredited bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • Cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher
  • Official transcripts
  • English language proficiency, international applicants

School Accreditation Statement

Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools

Higher Learning Commission