Academic Standards & Policies

Students are expected to maintain the highest level of scholar-ship of which they are capable. Concordia Seminary assumes that students are mature enough to determine, with the assistance of available counsel, when activities other than class work are benefi-cial and when they are detrimental to satisfactory progress. Such activities include participation in on- or off-campus organizations, and employment.

Satisfactory Progress

A minimum curriculum grade point average (curriculum GPA) of 2.35 is required for satisfactory progress toward the M.Div. de-gree, where satisfactory progress includes, first, eligibility to receive a vicarage assignment, later, eligibility for certification and place-ment (first Call) and, finally, eligibility to receive the theological di-ploma and the M.Div. degree.

Academic Probation

A student whose curriculum GPA falls below 2.35 or whose grade point average in any quarter (term GPA) falls below 2.00 will be placed on academic probation. The probationary status serves as a warning that the student is not making satisfactory progress and, unless improvement is achieved, will be subject to dismissal from the Seminary. The director of the M.Div. program and/or the dean of ministerial formation will meet with the student to identify factors which may have contributed to the unsatisfactory academic performance and to help establish strategies for improvement. Ordi-narily, a student who continues on academic probation for two con-secutive quarters will be dismissed because of academic deficiency.


A student who wishes to withdraw from the M.Div. program must consult the director of the M.Div. program before withdrawing (the director may direct the student to meet also with the dean of ministerial formation). To withdraw as a student in good standing, the student must have a satisfactory record of conduct and must have satisfied all obligations to the school (e.g., return all checked-out books to the library, clear accounts with finance and financial aid).


Concordia Seminary retains the authority to dismiss students, but exercises this authority with considerable restraint.