About the Alternate Route Program
Sometimes students who apply to the Seminary already have significant experience in ministry roles. When you’ve already learned a few things over the years, the Alternate Route (A.R.) Program offers a path to become an ordained pastor in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod without completing the full M.Div degree.
Normally, students who are in the A.R. Program are highly motivated, older students with several years of service in an active church role. The A.R. Program does not convey a professional degree. If you’re looking for a more comprehensive training or strongly desire the professional degree, consider our Master of Divinity Program.