Master of Divinity

At the heart of LSTC’s master of divinity (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 you’re seeking to be ordained to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament or to further your academic studies, our MDiv program allows you to concentrate on building competencies for ministry rather than just fulfilling requirements for a degree.

Our new distance learning track grows out of LSTC’s commitment to equity and inclusion. With the DL-MDiv track we make LSTC’s Public Church curriculum accessible to national and international audiences who may prefer or require a distance learning experience. Students in this track develop theological and pastoral skills while remaining in their home context. We offer a more traditional, residential track, where the dimensions of your life as a student are enhanced in the rich urban context of Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

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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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“Even at distance I feel connected… I have found family, I have found home in the ELCA, they have been so eager to help… I realized this was the place that I should be to train me theologically to become a minister within the ELCA.”

– Juan Manuel Arias Perea (Current MDiv student, previously a distance learner)

From our faculty

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“I started theological education almost 40 years ago…When I see someone thriving in their ministry or thriving in their educational career, I think, ‘this is a worthwhile investment.’”

– Peter Vethanayagamony, professor of church history

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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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