Confessional Lutheran Post-graduate Studies
Lutheran School of Theology (Församlingsfakulteten) in collaboration with Concordia Theological Seminary, Ft Wayne, IN (USA) offers a Master of Sacred Theology (advanced theological studies) in Gothenburg, Sweden. Upon completing the program, the students will receive the S.T.M. degree from CTS.
The S.T.M. (in Latin: Sacrae Theologiae Magister) degree program provides the opportunity to acquire specialized knowledge in a chosen field of theological study and to gain and use skills necessary for scholarly work and research in theology on an advanced level. The program is suitable both for those who wish to advance their theological knowledge and understanding beyond a Master of Divinity degree (or its equivalent) and for those who wish to equip themselves for theological leadership in the church. The program is an excellent preparation for persons planning to continue with studies for a doctoral degree. Read more.
Intensive course February 27-March 4, 2017:
How one approaches Martin Luther’s theology may be dependent upon one’s own theological presuppositions. The aim of this course is to help students read him in an informed and scholarly manner by examining historical circumstances, his theological background and development, and his manner and articulation of doctrine. Selected works of Luther will be studied.
January 7-14, 2014:
November 17-22, 2014:
March 9-14, 2015:
September 7-12, 2015:
November 16-21, 2015:
February 29-March 5, 2016:
September 5-10, 2016:
November 14-19, 2016 (in Wittenberg, Germany):
The course fee is 3,500 SEK (~US$550) per course. Students make arrangements for travels and lodging on their own. Students are encouraged to search for scholarships. Contact us for further information.
Swedish Evangelical Lutheran Education Foundation (SELEF) is offering three scholarships (a maximum of 5000 SEK/scholarship) to students of special need. Nordic East Mission (Nordisk Östmission) has expressed willingness to offer scholarships to students from Eastern Europe.
In the American education system, a Master of Divinity (or similar) is required for admission to the S.T.M. degree program. In the European education system, a Bachelor of Theology degree is required (or cand. theol.). Application for the next intensive course is found here.
Application and admission procedures for the full S.T.M. program
Study plan for S.T.M. students
Students who take the courses for credit and who apply to include the courses into a full S.T.M. degree follow a specially designed study plan, when taking the courses in Gothenburg. All students major in Systematic Theology (6 out of 9 courses). See the plan for an accredited STM extension in Gothenburg here. In short, the plan looks like this:
Year 1: three intensive courses in Gothenburg. During this year students will pass a Biblical Language Exam in either Greek or Hebrew.
Year 2: three intensive courses in Gothenburg. Students take the Research Language Exam.
Year 3: three intensive courses in Gothenburg or the student visits CTS in Ft Wayne for a full quarter or for two shorter periods (4+3 weeks). Students take the Directed reading course and the Major Comprehensive Exam.
Year 4: A thesis proposal to be approved. Thesis to be written, finished and defended primarily within the fourth year.
Feel free to contact us for further information.