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:
- Academic Catalog, All Students Handbook, and Degree Program Manuals
- Title IX Information
- Campus Security and Fire Report
- Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA): Contact Pat Bartley, Director of Enrollment and Registrar
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
LSTC also operates in compliance with the Illinois Board of Higher Education. Register
an institutional complaint with the Illinois Board of Higher Education here:
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.
To obtain a copy of the report on student diversity contact Scott Chalmers at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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): 33% (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)