Degrees and Programs


The Children, Youth and Family Ministry Program at Luther Seminary has a variety of ways that make it work for you.

Residential Program

The residential degree program provides theology, theory and practice in a holistic educational environment for M.A.'s,M.Div.’s, or certificate students.

Distributed Program

The distributed learning program allows you to continue serving in a ministry setting while completing your theological education -- M.A., M.Div. or certificate. The course curriculum is the same as the residential model; however Distributed Learning student’s combine short term, face-to-face classes and online coursework.

ALL of our programs help you become a stronger and more spiritually focused leader by connecting with you in:

  • Courses:
    You'll have tremendous flexibility in designing a concentration to focus on one of the following areas: Children and Family Ministry; Youth and Family Ministry; Young Adult Ministry; Outdoor Ministry. See a listing of CYF courses.
  • Community:
    In addition to seminary-wide community-building activities, the CYF ministry program continually seeks ways to add to your growth in and through community. The CYF program offers retreats, weekly gatherings, learning events, bi-weekly cohort groups and lots of opportunity for one-on-one interaction. The time students, faculty and staff spend together are a key part of the educational process and in developing as public Christian leaders.
  • Context:
    All CYF Ministry students will have the opportunity to extend their learning process beyond the classroom. Residential students work in salaried positions, typically 15 to 20 hours a week within area congregations. Distributed learning students continue working part- or full-time in their ministry site while fulfilling their academic coursework. You will benefit from supervision and leadership coaching in your field experience. Read more about First Third Partners and Context.

Get started!

For more information visit our admissions site or contact Luther Seminary's Office of Admissions, 651-641-3521,