Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN


Concordia Theological Seminary – Fort Wayne, IN

Alternate Route

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.

Frequently Asked Questions (PDF)

Program Details


Integrated Curriculum

The curriculum at CTSFW is designed to break down the artificial barriers imposed by traditional academic theology and provide our students with a holistic, integrated approach to Biblical truth.

Program Structure

Here you’ll find the full list of courses you’ll need to earn your degree. Sample schedules are available.

Admission Information

Learn how to become a student at CTSFW and begin your journey toward a lifetime of caring for God’s people with the love of Christ.

Paying for Seminary

CTSFW offers a variety of ways to help make seminary education affordable.

Gainful Employment Disclosure

To help students enrolling in non-degree programs make good career decisions, the U.S. Department of Education compiles information about each program. Here is the information about the Alternate Route to Ordination.


Take the Next Step



The best way to get a sense for how you’ll be formed for ministry at CTSFW is to come visit us!

Admission Info

For more information concerning the SMP Admission Process and the Application File Click Here.

Contact Us

Do you have questions? Need some help discerning whether ministry is right for you? Contact our Admission team!