Deaconess Dual Degree Program

Masters in Social Work—Masters of Arts in Deaconess Studies

A cooperative dual-degree program between St. Louis University and Concordia Seminary, the purpose of the joint Masters in Social Work and Masters of Arts in Deaconess Studies is to foster an ongoing collaboration between the church’s ministry and service to the community, especially through the ministries and service organizations recognized by the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.  The program provides the framework, skills and resources for church workers to engage in social work practice in service to the church and community.  Internships will normally be fulfilled in connection with a Lutheran Social Service Agency.

Through a dual track of course work, integrative seminars, fieldwork, and internship (a total of 84 hours) the MSW / MA in Deaconess Studies program is designed to:

  • Prepare students for diaconal ministry and professional social work by providing a solid foundation in social work, theology, and spiritual care.
  • Enable students to recognize the spiritual as well as the economic, legal and psychological roots of contemporary social problems.
  • Inspire students to serve individuals and communities and develop social action strategies to enhance the common good and the life of the church.

For additional information please contact Gillian Bond, Director of Deaconess Studies at 314-505-7114;