Deaconess Ministry Education

The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod

Educational opportunities for deaconesses are growing. Women who hold an undergraduate degree in any subject may apply to the three graduate deaconess programs in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.

Prospective students are not required to attend a pre-deaconess program before entering the following deaconess training programs.

Undergraduates may apply to the deaconess program at Concordia University Chicago during their sophomore year.

Some LCMS universities offer courses referred to as “pre-deaconess” in the sense that they provide an introduction to subjects that might be related to the curriculum of the three LCMS deaconess programs.


Graduate Programs

Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne, Ind.)

Concordia Seminary (St. Louis, Mo.)


Undergraduate Programs

Concordia University Chicago (River Forest, Ill.)


Pre-Deaconess Programs

Concordia University Ann Arbor (Michigan)

Concordia University Irvine (California)

Concordia University St. Paul (Minnesota)

Concordia University Wisconsin (Mequon)

Concordia University Nebraska (Seward)

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