The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is accredited by the Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools in the United States and Canada (ATS) and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The following degree programs are approved: Master of Divinity, Master of Arts in Ministry, Master of Arts, Doctor of Ministry, Master of Theology, and Doctor of Philosophy. In addition, the following extension site is accredited: Sigtuna, Sweden (D.Min.). 

Both ATS and the HLC completed comprehensive accreditation evaluations of LSTC in March 2017. LSTC was reaccredited by ATS. The next ATS comprehensive evaluation is scheduled for 2024.

The Higher Learning Commission reaffirmed LSTC’s accreditation and placed LSTC on Probation in January 2018. The HLC took this action because it determined that LSTC does not meet the HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation related to financial resources and maintaining and strengthening quality programs. By March 1, 2019, LSTC will provide evidence to the HLC that it has addressed the issues of concern. The HLC will conduct another comprehensive evaluation no later than May 2019. More information about the sanction may be found on the HLC website or by clicking the button below.

Contact Information

Patti DeBias, Assistant to the President
Telephone: 773.256.0728

The Association of Theological Schools
10 Summit Park Drive
Pittsburgh, PA  15275
Telephone: 412.788.6505

The Higher Learning Commission
230 South LaSalle Street
Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604
Telephone: 800.621.7440

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