Since 1830, LTSS has prepared leaders for the Lutheran church. Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the largest Lutheran church in North America.
Lutheran students from around the world choose LTSS to teach, form, and nurture them for public ministry. For ELCA Lutheran students desiring to be rostered, the Master of Divinity (MDiv) prepares students for ordained pastoral ministry and the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry (MACM) prepares for rostered lay leadership roles such as Associate in Ministry (AIM), deaconess, and diaconal minister. This degree enables graduates to serve in number of ministry areas including Christian Education, Youth and Family Ministry, and various public ministry roles. The Master of Arts Religion (MAR) is also designed for many non-rostered roles and provides instruction in the broad range of theological disciplines.
The Master of Sacred Theology (STM) program is also available as a post-graduate degree for further theological study. This advanced degree serves a variety of aims: to further graduate study in preparation for doctoral work, to prepare one for teaching a particular theological discipline, to enhance ministerial practice, or to provide disciplined reflection on a specialized function of ministry.
Prospective students desiring to become rostered leaders in the ELCA must enter into the Candidacy Process prior to enrollment.
In addition to the ELCA, students from other Lutheran and non-Lutheran traditions may attend Southern Seminary with permission from their denomination's governing policies.