Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT)

2016-2017 EIIT Program Costs

ethnic-studies-thConcordia Seminary’s EIIT program consists of 16 courses, which are taught sequentially, one per academic term. These courses are counted as 3-credit-hour courses and are billed as such. Upon successful completion of courses EIIT01 through EIIT05 the student is assigned a vicarage or internship in which the student will serve while completing the remainder of the coursework. There is an administrative charge for this vicarage or internship; it is a one-time charge but is billed in two installments. There are also three mandatory Residential Seminars for each of which an additional registration fee is billed.

The EIIT fee structure for the 2016—17 academic year is as follows:

  • Tuition: $2,055 per course
  • Vicarage/Internship-Congregational Fee: $605. This is billed in two installments during the fifth and ninth courses respectively: for vicarage, $300 during EIIT 05 and $305 during EIIT 09, or for deaconess internship $300 during EIIT 17 and $305 during EIIT 19
  • Application Fee: $100
  • Student Technology Fee: $75 per course
  • Noncredit Reintegration: $205
  • Residential Seminars (three mandatory): registration fee of $100 per seminar plus travel, housing and meals at individual expense

Students will also need to purchase some books and there will be expenses (for travel, accommodation, etc.) associated with the Orientation Seminar (which both new students and their pastor/mentors are required to attend) and the three required Residential Seminars. It is recommended that you budget between $8000 and $10,000 per year for the EIIT program. These costs may be shared by the calling (sending) congregation, district, and student.

On-Campus Dates for Orientation and Residential Seminars


Fall 2016 Orientation – August 30 – September 2, 2016

Students who are accepted and will begin in fall 2016, along with their pastor/mentors, will be required to attend the orientation seminar on Concordia Seminary’s campus, Aug. 30 – Sept. 2, 2016 (starting at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 30, and concluding at noon Friday, Sept. 2). This orientation is mandatory for students and their mentors.

Required Residential Seminars

(Note: Seminars meet Monday noon through Friday noon)

Students are required to complete each of the following three seminars before completion of the program; seminars are offered in fall and spring on a rotating basis.

Urban Leadership – October 17-21, 2016

Pastoral Issues – March 20-24, 2017

Outreach to World Religions – Fall 2017 (Date to be arranged)

Dates of Academic Quarters 2016-2017

Summer 2016: June 6 – Aug. 5, 2016

Fall 2016: Sept. 6 – Nov. 11

Winter 2016-17: Nov. 28 – Feb. 17

Spring 2017: March 6 – May 18

Summer 2017 TERM DATES ARE TBD – Concordia Seminary is switching from quarters to semesters in 2017. The semester calendar begins in fall 2017. This will affect the preceding summer schedule as well.


The EIIT’s curriculum is designed to allow participants to obtain a Lutheran theological understanding of Scripture which informs their missionary and pastoral activities. The courses are inquiry based, allowing the student to explore theological issues as they pertain to his or her situation and to the current theological climate in North America. The curriculum is interdisciplinary, offering courses that integrate Biblical, systematic, historical, and pastoral practice studies.

The 10-week courses are offered using distance education methods, allowing participants to remain in the context of their home-ministry and local support groups. Each course uses a course manual, textbooks, a local mentor, a ministry supervisor, and Internet components that allow for student-to-instructor and student-to-student interaction.

Curricular components include: Sixteen 10-week distance-education courses, a local mentor and ministry supervisor, active ministry work, and three required 5-day residential seminars on the campus of Concordia Seminary. Students take four distance-education courses per year for four years.

EIIT deaconess students: Courses EIIT 17, 19 and 18 are only available for deaconess students, and replace courses EIIT 05, 09 and 16, respectively, for those students.

EIIT01 — Old Testament Overview
EIIT02 — New Testament Overview
EIIT03 — Intro to Christian Doctrine (Book of Concord)
EIIT04 — Understanding & Preaching the Word of God I
EIIT05 — Pastoral Ministry I — OR EIIT17 — Deaconess Foundations (deaconess students only)
EIIT06 — LT&P I: Lutheran Foundations
EIIT07 — LT&P II: Means of Grace
EIIT08 — LT&P III: Church & Ministry
EIIT09 — Understanding & Preaching the Word of God II — OR EIIT19 — Deaconess Seminar I
EIIT10 — Evangelism & Missions
EIIT11 — Church History I (through 1500)
EIIT12 — Teaching the Faith
EIIT13 — Church History II (since 1500)
EIIT14 — Church in the World Today
EIIT15 — Law & Gospel
EIIT16 — Pastoral Ministry II — OR EIIT18 — Deaconess Seminar II

Helpful Links

EIIT Application

EIIT Admission Requirement Brochure

District equivalent courses