To enter one of the Graduate School degree programs, the student must fill out the appropriate application form (forms are available at and submit it along with the other materials required (as listed on the form) to the Graduate School. It should be noted that requirements differ, depending upon whether or not the applicant is a graduate of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis.


  • Applications are considered by the Advanced Studies Committee (ASC) at set times throughout the year. All application materials must be received by the deadline in order for an applicant to be considered for admission. Note that there are different dates/deadlines for each degree (see degree program descriptions for deadlines for each program).

General Procedures

  • All applications presenting adequate qualifications for acceptance are considered by the ASC and are approved or declined by it.
  • All applications are considered in their totality. It should be noted that a student who meets stated requirements is not in any way assured of admission.
  • Neither grade point average nor GRE scores are the sole consideration. It should be noted, however, that a grade point average below the minimum standard or GRE scores below the 50th percentile constitute sufficient cause for declining admission to any of the graduate programs. Scores more than five years old may not be submitted for consideration.
  • The procedure for the acceptance of Ph.D. students is more complex than that for the other degrees. The following is the regular procedure:
    • The ASC will rule on the general qualifications of all applicants. All will be placed into one of three categories:
      • Highly qualified and highly recommended
      • Basically qualified
      • Unqualified and declined
    • To develop a greater understanding of the various theological disciplines and how they relate to each other.
    • That department will judge on the possibility of accepting new students into the doctoral program and will report its judgment to the director of the Graduate School. Key will be the availability of an appropriate Doktorvater. Normally, unless the department rules otherwise, each doctoral supervisor should have no more than three active students at any one time.
    • The department may, for various reasons (e.g., manpower), recommend that the applicant consider another department in which to undertake doctoral work.
    • Certain entry-level work also may be required of the incoming student as deemed necessary by either the ASC or the department.

Full-Time/Good-Standing Status

Students studying less than half-time will be in repayment status of student loans. International students also must maintain fulltime status as a condition of their class F-1 visa. Specific conditions for full-time status are described in each degree program section that follows. Students must also submit intention-to-register forms each quarter in order to remain in good standing. Any student who fails to register for two subsequent quarters or fails to demonstrate academic progress for two successive academic years will be retired from the program.