LSTC currently offers two dual degree program opportunities: a BA/MDiv five-year degree pathway in partnership with Augsburg University and a MDiv/AM or MA or MAM/AM joint degree in partnership with the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration.
"I’m excited to attend LSTC for both the community and the opportunity to be in the dual degree program. The community itself has been welcoming and intentional from the start and I appreciate the emphasis on public church. I have a dual call to both ministry and equine therapy so this allows me to have one foot in social work and other in religious leadership."
MDiv/AM OR MA or MAM/AM Joint Degree
In cooperation with the University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration, LSTC offers a coordinated program of studies. Students earn the MDiv, MA, or MAM degree from LSTC and the AM degree from the University of Chicago (the equivalent to a master of social work degree).
Each school accepts credit for as many as five courses taken by students at the other school as well as jointly-approved clinical pastoral education and second-year field placements. These provisions make it possible for students to complete the MDiv and AM in five years rather than the six that would normally be required. Students combining the MAM or MA and AM degree may complete the two degrees in three years instead of four years. Students have the opportunity to interrelate the two fields during the entire period of study.
LSTC is a member of the Association of Chicago Theological Schools consortium (ACTS), making hundreds of classes available to students at 11 denominational seminaries in the Chicago area, three within walking distance of LSTC.
Contact a member of the LSTC Admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org or 773.256.0727 with any questions.
BA/MDiv Five-Year Degree
The Public Church Scholars five-year degree pathway prepares students to be intentional leaders of a multiracial, multiethnic, public church. In this educational pathway, students will take a deep dive together in Christian community to explore theological education, leadership formation, experiential learning in an internship, and preparation to be public leaders in the church.
Students in this pathway will complete two (2) degrees in five (5) years: a Bachelor of Arts in Theology and Public Leadership from Augsburg University and a Master of Divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago.
Some unique elements of the Public Church Scholars pathway include:
- Co-curricular formation including a supportive cohort of peers
- Training in equity and inclusion, cultural competency, and vocational discernment
- Spiritual direction practice (individual and group)
- Life coaching and professional mentors
- Accompaniment through the candidacy process for ordination
- Completion of Clinical Pastoral Education
- Paid four-year part-time paid contextual learning and internship in a congregation or faith-based non-profit
At Augsburg University, Public Church Scholars learn to practice and lead accompaniment, interpretation, discernment, and proclamation and this framework supports their preparation to be pastors and leaders in the church. This work is enhanced and deepened at seminary by LSTC’s commitment to Public Church that cultivates competencies for leadership that focuses on community engagement, public witness, and social transformation. This holistic approach to theological education breaks academic disciplines out of their silos and allows creative collaboration to flourish.
Application instructions for this pathway, alongside further information about the program structure and contact information for the program, can be found on the Augsburg University Department of Religion page. You may also contact a member of the LSTC Admissions team at email@example.com or 773.256.0727 with any questions.