Admission requirements for Concordia Seminary, St. Louis


Concordia Seminary exists to prepare the next generation of church leaders. We are here to support you as you prepare for your future vocation, to ultimately contribute to the church with a deep commitment to Lutheran theology and practice, and in the spirit of servant leadership.

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If you have questions about vocational discernment, campus life or the student experience, contact Rev. Micah Glenn.

For questions about admission requirements or the application process, contact:

  • Rev. Jesse Kueker for residential programs (Master of Divinity, Residential Alternate Route) and distance programs (Specific Ministry Pastor, Specific Ministry Pastor - General Pastor Certification) from the eastern United States (including Concordia University Wisconsin, Mequon; Concordia University, Ann Arbor, Mich.; and Concordia University Chicago, River Forest, Ill.)
  • Rev. Tom Schlund for residential programs (Master of Divinity, Residential Alternate Route) and distance programs (Specific Ministry Pastor, Specific Ministry Pastor - General Pastor Certification) from the western United States (including Concordia University, Saint Paul, Minn.; Concordia University, Nebraska, Seward; Concordia University Texas, Austin; and Concordia University, Irvine, Calif.)
  • Sarah Seying for residential Deaconess Studies, Advanced Studies (Master of Arts, Doctor of Ministry, Master of Sacred Theology and Doctor of Philosophy) or distance programs (Online Deaconess Studies, Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology and Center for Hispanic Studies).

Glenn, Micah

Director, Recruitment, Enrollment
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Haupt, Benjamin

Associate Provost, Office of the Provost
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Kueker, Jesse

Admissions Officer, Enrollment
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Rhodes, Monica

Office Manager, Enrollment
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Schlund, Thomas

Admissions Officer, Enrollment
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Sarah Seying

Seying, Sarah

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Academic Programs at Concordia Seminary

Academic Programs

Our ministerial formation programs are designed for those interested in becoming a pastor or deaconess. Our Advanced Studies programs are designed for those seeking theological education apart from certification for ministry in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

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If you are wondering whether to attend the Seminary, we have gathered some resources to help you discern whether vocational ministry should be a part of your future and contact information for our Student Recruitment Ambassadors who are ready to talk with you.

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Entry Level Competency Exams (ELCE)

Entry Level Competency Exams (ELCE)

These exams are used by the Seminary to show you have a basic understanding of each content area and are well prepared to continue your studies at the graduate level. We also have curated a list of essential study materials to prepare you for the exams.

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Financial Aid at Concordia Seminary

Financial Aid

You Seminary education is an investment not only in yourself, but also in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod and its future. Because of this, many people and organizations contribute to a variety of funding options, which we can explore with you, based on your needs, eligibility and program of interest.

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Tuition & Fees for Concordia Seminary

Tuition & Fees

Learn about the tuition and fees for each program, with detailed information and a general tuition estimator. In addition, our staff is available to answer any questions and assist you as you plan for the costs of your education.  

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Visit Concordia's Campus

Visit Campus

Prospective students and their families are welcome to visit our beautiful 72-acre campus in suburban St. Louis.

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