LSTC News Release
Valparaiso University To Open Campus at Lutheran School of Theology Chicago
Posted May 10, 2012
University expands graduate programs for increased flexibility for students
CHICAGO, Ill. – Today, Valparaiso University announced an expansion of its Indiana-based university into Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood. The University is partnering with the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago to open this satellite campus. Valparaiso University of Chicago is planning to offer three graduate programs at the new location, as well as an immigration law clinic.
“Chicago has a sizeable higher education community which we are pleased to be joining,” said Mark A. Heckler, president, Valparaiso University. “After much consideration and deliberation, we identified several graduate programs that we feel will add value and are very relevant to the higher education market in Chicago.”
Classes are scheduled to begin this fall. The three initial graduate programs planned are a Master of Business Administration; Master of Health Administration; and a Master of Ministry Administration, which will be the first of its kind offered in the Chicago region.
“Valpo has a deep commitment to preparing reflective, dynamic leaders for business, industry, and non-profit organizations, so we wanted to make these programs more accessible to professionals in the Chicago area,” said David Rowland, dean, Valparaiso University Graduate School and Continuing Education. “We see the city as a wonderful classroom that will greatly enrich the learning experiences of our students—we are very pleased to be part of this vibrant community”
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago Interim President Philip Hougen said, “LSTC is extremely pleased to welcome Valparaiso University to our campus. We share a common Lutheran heritage and commitment to higher education in the Chicago area. Valparaiso’s strong reputation and education standards make it a natural partner for us. Their presence in Chicago will enhance their programs and ours. The Master of Ministry Administration degree is of particular value for leaders in the church and faith-based organizations.”
Additionally, the Hyde Park campus will house the Valparaiso University Law School’s Immigration Clinic.
At the clinic, Valparaiso Law student representatives will learn trial practice, legal research and writing, and client interviewing and counseling skills by representing immigrants with claims grounded in human rights and domestic and international law. The immigration clinic will open in August 2012.
The Master of Health Administration and Master of Ministry Administration are new programs for Valparaiso University. The Illinois Board of Higher Education has approved these programs and the University is in the process of receiving final approval from the Higher Learning Commission.
The Master of Health Administration reflects the University’s long history of engagement in issues of health care, driven in part by the Lutheran tradition of outreach to the community through hospitals, nursing homes, other healthcare facilities, and indemnity programs. The program is solidly grounded in best practices in the health care and business fields, and prepares persons of all beliefs to deal with current and forthcoming ethical challenges of medicine and health care.
The Master of Ministry Administration degree was created after much research with the faith-based community and focuses directly on the business needs of faith-based organizations.
Valparaiso University has had an established MBA program for more than 10 years. Traditional classes are broadcast live over the Internet with the use of proprietary, fully synchronous software called MBA LIVE®. Coupled with Valparaiso University’s live classroom delivery technology, courses can be taken in the classrooms at Hyde Park or from anywhere in the country (or the world). This unique and convenient delivery method enables Valpo to target working professional and nontraditional students.
For more information about Valparaiso University of Chicago, please visit our website.
About Valparaiso University
Valparaiso University is a comprehensive university with more than 4,000 students on its campus located in Northwest Indiana, an hour from Chicago. Valpo is a community of purpose-driven, service-minded and ethical individuals who embrace the pursuit of truth with freedom, humility and compassion. Valpo has been identified as one of the top master’s-level institutions in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report magazine for the past 22 years. Valparaiso University offers 110 undergraduate academic programs through the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering and Nursing. Valpo also has a distinguished honors college, a School of Law and more than 40 degree and certificate programs in its Graduate School and Continuing Education Division. Valpo has been recognized for its commitment to outstanding teaching, preparing thoughtful leaders with strong cross-cultural skills and global awareness, and dedication to serving others.
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The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago forms visionary leaders to bear witness to the good news of Jesus Christ. Its approximately 290 students come from all parts of the United States and from around the world to study in the masters level and advanced studies programs. Graduates become pastors, other church leaders, and university and seminary professors. LSTC is a seminary of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools, allowing students to cross-register among the 12 member seminaries and drawing on a wealth of ecumenical resources. LSTC enjoys a number of cooperative arrangements with the University of Chicago.