Ethnic Immigrant Institute of Theology (EIIT)

2015-2016 EIIT Program Costs

ethnic-studies-thThe EIIT program of Concordia Seminary, St. Louis, consists of 16 courses which are counted as three-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; it is a one-time charge but is billed over three years. There are also three mandatory Residential Seminars for each of which an additional registration fee is billed.

Courses: $2025 ($675/credit hour for the 2015-2016 School Year)
Vicarage/Internship Fee: Vicarage: $579 (1/3 per year=$193 per year) after completion of EIIT01 through EIIT05
Tech fee:  $50 per quarter

Residential Seminars (three mandatory): $100 registration fee per seminar (does not include meals or accommodation)

In addition you will 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 Residential Seminars, as well as some field experiences. 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 Seminars


Fall 2015 Orientation – September 1 – 4, 2015

 (Note: Seminars meet Monday noon through Friday noon)

Pastoral Issues – October 19-23, 2015
Outreach to World Religions – March 14-18, 2016
Urban Leadership – Fall 2016 (Date to be arranged)

Dates of Academic Quarters 2015-2016


Fall Quarter

  • September 8 – Classes begin
  • November 13 – Classes end


Winter Quarter

  •  November 30 – Classes begin
  •  February 19 – Classes end


Spring Quarter

  • March 7 – Classes begin
  • May 19 – Classes end


Summer Quarter

Term X

  • June 6 – Classes begin
  • August 5 – Classes end



2015 Accepted Applicants: The mandatory Orientation Seminar will be held on Concordia Seminary, St. Louis’ campus from Sept. 1-4, 2015. This orientation is mandatory for students and their mentors.


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: 16 10-week distance education courses, a local mentor and ministry supervisor, active ministry work, and annual 3-5 day seminars on the campus of Concordia Seminary. A student takes four courses a year. Courses include:

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
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
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

Helpful Links

EIIT Application

EIIT Admission Requirement Brochure

District equivalent courses