Associate of Arts in Ministry

General

Program Description

The Associate of Arts in Ministry program is designed to prepare leaders with no prior theological training to provide pastoral leadership for a congregation. It prepares students for diaconal or other non-ordained ministries within the church and can be used as a route to ordained ministry. This 63-credit program provides a general overview of theology and skills for congregational and other ministry contexts.

Student Debt Upon Graduation

Because A.A. is a new program, there is no current data on student debt. ILT offers financial aid for those who qualify. ILT will also give students access to federal financial aid and federal student loan programs. ILT remains committed to helping students graduate with as little debt as possible.

Cost of Courses

Tuition is $390 per credit hour or $1170 per 3-credit course. The tuition cost is subject to change. Additional costs (application fee, books, costs associated with researching and producing the independent projects or the final project or an optional thesis, etc.) are also the responsibility of the participant.

Courses to be Completed

The A.A. program provides a broad-based, foundational course of study for high school graduates who want to pursue undergraduate-level studies in ministry or are preparing for ordained ministry. 

Total Timeline

This program consists of 21 courses in areas of biblical theology, historical and systematic theology, and ethics, philosophy and religion, and ministry training. Students who choose a concentration can choose to focus on the Bible, Ministry Practice, or Theology. No travel is required for this program, though students may choose to participate in week-long onsite courses. Full-time students can finish this degree in 2 years and part-time students can take up to 3 years. 

The Program

The Associate of Arts in Ministry program is designed to prepare leaders with no prior theological training to provide pastoral leadership for a congregation. It prepares students for diaconal or other non-ordained ministries within the church and can be used as a route to ordained ministry. This 63-credit program provides a general overview of theology and skills for congregational and other ministry contexts.

Internship

Students who intend to serve in congregational ministry context are required to complete 1,040 hours (six months fulltime) of supervised internship. This internship is designed to help students who plan to enter a specific ministry context. Students who are going to continue to the Bachelor of Arts program or who are not preparing for a specific ministry context are not required to complete the internship.

Learning Outcomes

After completing this program, students will gain:

  1. Develop extensive knowledge of scripture and theology (including exegetical skills and tools to discern God’s Word as Law and Gospel).
  2. Develop the contextual education skills and passion to live out effectively the life of the Christian in our ministry vocations.
  3. Develop the ability and passion to engage in a lifetime of learning.

Admission Requirements

  • Completion of the online application form.
  •  Proof of completion of secondary education and transcripts from any post-secondary schools.
  •  A letter of recommendation from a pastor.
  •  Applicants whose native language is not English are required to submit a score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or from the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) that is not more than two years old. Normally, minimum acceptable scores for the TOEFL are 21 in the speaking section and 21 in the writing section. Minimum acceptable scores on the IELTS are 6.5 in the speaking section and 6.5 in the writing section. Please request that your score be sent to ILT. ILT’s DI Code for the TOEFL is 5745. More information concerning TOEFL can be accessed at the Education Testing Services website: http://ets.org. Information regarding the IELTS can be found at https://www.ielts.org.
  • Registration Fee: $55 (nonrefundable).
  • Copy of official photo identification.
  • Admissions interview with Director of Enrollment Services.
Last updated Jun 2020

About the School

The Institute of Lutheran Theology is an accredited Lutheran seminary providing graduate, certificate, and lay level theological education through a fully integrated online campus. Faithful, fully-cre ... Read More

The Institute of Lutheran Theology is an accredited Lutheran seminary providing graduate, certificate, and lay level theological education through a fully integrated online campus. Faithful, fully-credentialed teachers lead students deeply into the Scriptures and the Christian tradition through a continual dialogue via live online video conferencing that replicates a traditional classroom. This grants students the opportunity to study at ILT without the inconvenience of relocating. Students immediately apply what they learn to their lives, communities, families, and congregations. Read less