Master of Arts

Immerse yourself in the academic study of theology with a master of arts (MA) degree from LSTC. Whether you are interested in church history, systematic theology, interfaith, Bible or other areas of inquiry, our superb faculty and academic partners in Hyde Park make LSTC an ideal place for theological study. A flexible curriculum makes it possible to concentrate work in any chosen field or to complete a more generalist approach to theological study.

LSTC’s curriculum cultivates competencies for leadership in a public church that focuses on community engagement, public witness and social transformation. Distance learners will cultivate competencies for leadership in a public church using each student’s unique setting as the impetus for learning. Chicago’s dynamic urban landscape serves as a classroom for residential students. Theology ultimately addresses the pressing questions and needs of specific contexts.

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LSTC MDiv Program Advantages

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Leading Lutheran urban seminary

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Residential and distance learning

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Generous financial support

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Dedicated to diversity, equity, inclusivity & justice

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Accredited by ATS and HLC

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Graduates serve a global community

Areas of Study Concentration

MDiv, MA and MAM students may seek expertise that goes beyond the core curriculum and allows students to gain confidence and discipline in a designated scholarly area. LSTC’s long-held strengths and commitments in the areas of biblical studies, urban ministry, interfaith studies, religion and science, culture-specific, and environmental ministry have led faculty members to create emphases in these areas. MDiv, MA and MAM candidates may develop an area of concentration in any discipline represented by the LSTC faculty.


From our students

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“I had never been to Chicago, even to the United States, but I did not feel alone. I was never alone or lost or felt like I didn’t know anyone. My community in Rwanda need their stories to be told… I can’t wait to go home and share all the tools I have. My church needs educated pastors and I am happy to be one of them.”

– Veronica John Mwakasungura (2020, MA)

From our faculty

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“I came back to teach at LSTC because I love LSTC. My life was changed here… [My own] questions drew me back to work here because I wanted to explore them with students who will go out and serve in all kinds of ministry settings.”

– Brooke Petersen (2006, MDiv), director of the MDiv and MA programs; coordinator of candidacy; lecturer

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History of LSTC

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago (LSTC) was formed Sept. 4, 1962, when four seminaries consolidated: Augustana Theological Seminary, Grand View Seminary, Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary and Suomi Theological Seminary. Central Lutheran Theological Seminary joined the merger prior to LSTC dedicating its Hyde Park campus on Oct. 22, 1967. In 1983, 10 members of the faculty of Christ Seminary-Seminex, St. Louis, Mo. (1974), relocated to LSTC and the two schools merged in 1987 just prior to the 1988 formation of the ELCA. LSTC’s prior locations, mergers and history are a reminder that we have always been a seminary that moves and changes, leaning into a future with confidence in its possibilities and promise.

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