Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago

17550 USD/year
17550 USD/year
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At the heart of LSTC's MDiv program is our commitment to equip students to bear witness to the gospel and be agents of social transformation in our changing church and world. 


Whether seeking to be ordained in the ELCA's roster of Word and Sacrament or to further your academic studies, LSTC's MDiv program will allow you to concentrate on building competencies for ministry rather than just fulfilling requirements for a degree. At LSTC, you will find guides, mentors, and friends to nurture the academic, spiritual, civic and professional dimensions of your life and ministry.

LSTC's curriculum cultivates competencies for leadership in a public church that focuses on community engagement, public witness, and social transformation. Our holistic approach to theological education breaks academic disciplines out of their silos and allows creative collaboration to flourish.

MDiv students take 9 Orienting Courses and 18 additional Pathway Courses for a total of 27 courses that cover all areas of competency. Coursework for the MDiv can be completed in three years, including one unit of Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE). Students pursuing ordination in the ELCA must also complete one twelve-month internship.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cultural Context: Public Church I and II
  • Religious Heritage: Scripture I and II, History and Theology I and II
  • Ministerial Leadership: Ministerial Leadership I and II
  • Spiritual Formation: Spiritual Formation I

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Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor’s Degree (any field of study) from an accredited college or university
  • Average 3.0 GPA or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Application for Admission
  • Autobiographical Statement of approx. 800-1,000 words.
  • Official Transcripts from all institutions where you have completed academic work since high school.
  • References from three people using the Master's recommendation form [PDF].

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