Disclosures

Accreditation

The Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago is accredited by the Association of Theological Schools and the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). More information about accreditation here.

Consumer and Safety Information

LSTC posts policies and procedures related to consumer and safety information in compliance with federal regulations. These policies and procedures are described:

Student Complaints

LSTC is committed to providing a positive educational experience for our students. Enrolled and prospective students can file a complaint related to the accrediting standards, ecclesiastical commitments and/or applicable state or federal laws and regulations with the Dean of Student Services:

Dean of Student Services
Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago
1100 East 55th St.
Chicago, IL 60615
773.256.0685
schalmers@lstc.edu

LSTC also operates in compliance with the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Register
an institutional complaint with the Illinois Board of Higher Education here:
http://complaints.ibhe.org

Once the complaint is filed, the Dean of Student Services will follow the grievance
policy as outlined in the All Students Handbook. The complaint will be shared with the Director of Human Resources for submission to the appropriate agency (ATS, HLC, ELCA, state of IL or the federal government). Both the Dean of Student Services and the Director of Human Resources will maintain a record of the formal complaints. The Director of Human Resources will maintain the outcomes of any review completed by an outside agency.

Student Diversity

To obtain a copy of the report on student diversity contact Patricia Bartley at pbartley@lstc.edu.

Graduation Rates

For students who enrolled and graduated from the same degree program (transfers between degree programs not counted). Time intervals defined by the Association of Theological Schools.

Master of Divinity

Graduation rate within six years of enrollment: 80% (2018) and 100% (2017)

Master of Arts in Ministry

Graduation rate within four years of enrollment: 50% (2018) and 43% (2017)*

*Includes affiliate or Lutheran Year students, some who choose not to receive a degree

Master of Arts (Theological Studies)

Graduation rate within four years of enrollment: 50% (2018) and 40% (2017)

Doctor of Ministry

Graduation rate within six years of enrollment: 70% (2018) and 80% (2017)

Master of Theology

Graduation rate within two years of enrollment: 100% (2018) and 72% (2017)*

*Does not include students who completed ThM requirements in the process of obtaining a PhD

Doctor of Philosophy

Graduation rate within eight years of enrollment: 67% (2018) and 45% (2017)

Vocational Placement Rates

For graduates serving in positions for which the degree program prepared them. Includes graduates placed prior to graduation or within 12-18 months of graduation.

Master of Divinity: 100% (2017) and 100% (2016)

Master of Arts in Ministry: 50% (2017) and 50% (2016)

Master of Arts (Theological Studies): 50% (2017) and 50% (2016) 

Doctor of Ministry:  placed prior to enrollment

Master of Theology: 0% (2017) and 6% (2016)

100% (2017) and 88% (2016) pursued higher study

Doctor of Philosophy: 83% (2017) and 67% (2016)

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