Language Proficiency

To demonstrate proficiency in the Biblical languages, Latin, and modern foreign languages, students must pass courses or examinations administered by the director of the Graduate School. Proficiency in such languages may be demonstrated also by transcript credit, as approved by the director of the Graduate School.

Retaking Examinations

Language proficiency examinations, qualifying examinations, and other graduate examinations may be taken no more than twice. Any student who twice fails a language proficiency, qualifying, entry-level competency or comprehensive exam will be dismissed from the program.

Theses, Exams, and Dissertations

Original Registration

Registration for the M.A. thesis, S.T.M. thesis or M.A. or S.T.M. exam preparation shall be valid for one calendar year (four quarters, including the summer). Registration for the Ph.D. comprehensive exam preparation shall be valid for two quarters (including the summer, only if an exam is taken in the summer). Registration for the Doctor’s dissertation shall take place on a quarterly basis for two calendar years (eight quarters, including the summers).


When a student’s original registration period expires, an extension fee will be assessed quarterly until the written project or examinations, as applicable, have been completed, as certified by the director of the Graduate School.

Conferral of Degrees

Intention to Graduate

Graduation is possible in any quarter. The formal conferring of a diploma, however, takes place only once per year, at the May graduation and commencement exercises. The exact date for this is published in the current Academic Catalog.

Participation in Commencement

Graduate students who are receiving degrees ordinarily are expected to attend the exercises at which their degrees will be awarded.

Relationship of Academic Degree and Church Placement

Successful completion of a degree program in the Graduate School does not constitute recommendation toward placement in a professional church position in The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Approval of a student’s thesis/dissertation does not necessarily imply agreement with the student’s argumentation or conclusions.