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Deaconess Studies (BA)
Deaconess Studies (BA)

Deaconess Studies (BA)

  • ID:CUC10024
  • Level:4-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry Requirement

To apply, you will need the following: 

  • A completed admission application for Concordia University Chicago.

  • Official transcripts of all college coursework from each institution you have attended.

  • Foreign transcripts evaluated by a Concordia-Chicago-approved international credentialing service. Concordia-Chicago accepts evaluations from Educational Credential Evaluators (ECE).

  • A certified document pledging financial support for your first year of study and without any unexpected events, and enough funding from the same or an equally dependable source for the following years.

  • Proof of graduation from a secondary school.

  • A transfer verification form for students transferring from a school in the United States.

English Requirement

Proof of English proficiency, via one of the following:

  • A score of at least 72 (internet-based) on the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) — Concordia-Chicago’s DI code is 1140

  • A score of 6.0 on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

  • A score of 6.0 on the Password Skills Test

  • Successful completion of Level 112 at an ELS Language School (ELS) or a certificate of completion of program from an English Language Institute (ELI), along with a recommendation of the program director


Course Information

CUC offers the only undergraduate program leading to deaconess certification in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod (LCMS). 

Students can become certified and practice in their field in just five years, including a one-year paid internship. students can also combine their studies with programs in education, social work or not-for-profit business management. 

Community is an important part of deaconess student life. Students meet regularly to study God’s word, pray and worship. They also gather for retreats, fellowship and fun. Community life extends to the professional deaconess who prays regularly for students and visits campus for Bible studies and classes.

To date, more than 180 women have completed the Deaconess Program since its beginning at Concordia University Chicago in 1980.

At the end of successful program completion, students will earn a bachelor of arts degree and are eligible to receive the LCMS deaconess certification and/or placement as an LCMS deaconess, although this is not a guaranteed certification or placement.

You will take courses in deaconess ministry, Lutheran doctrine and ministry skills. You will also have guided practical experience in field work and a year-long internship to serve those in need. Your courses and our faculty will provide you with the skills and knowledge you need to succeed.

Deaconess students may double major in areas such as education or minor in social work, sociology, psychology, biblical languages or Spanish. Many students also choose to combine their undergraduate training with a master’s degree in gerontology, social work, counseling or business administration.

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