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To complete your admission file, we will need:

  • Completed Application
  • $50 non-refundable application fee
  • Official copies of all college/university transcripts

If you are applying for the Master of Arts in Theology, we will also need:

If you are applying for the Master of Arts in Theology with DCE Certification, we will also need:

If you are applying for the Cross-cultural Ministry Center (LCMS Pastoral Certification), we will also need:

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must have:

  • A bachelor's degree from a regionally accredited institution, or an international evaluation showing the equivalent of a regionally accredited U.S. bachelor's degree
  • Evidence of ability to achieve success in a graduate program, shown by the following:
    • For full admission: a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or better (4.0 scale) in all previous college work
    • For provisional admission: a cumulative GPA of 2.70-2.99 in all previous college work. Students admitted with provisional status may enroll for a maximum of nine graduate units (three courses). If a minimum GPA of 3.25 is earned in the three graduate courses (9 units), candidates may be granted regular status in a graduate program
  • Evidence of a sufficient level of proficiency in English as established by the TOEFL exam (for students whose primary language is not English).

International Applicants

Due to the online format of the MA Theology program, students applying from outside the United States will not be eligible for an I-20 to obtain an F-1 Visa.

Transfer Credit

A maximum of six (6) graduate units may be transferred into the program from an accredited university or college. These courses must be approved by the Dean of Christ College and must closely match course descriptions in Concordia's MA in Theology program.

A maximum of six (6) graduate units may be used from courses taken during non-degree-seeking student status. The student must request in writing that these courses be used for matriculation in the MA, and approval must be granted by the Dean of Christ College.


If you have any questions about the application process, or to submit applications and subsequent documents, please address them to:

Carrie Donohoe
Concordia University Irvine
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA 92612

[email protected]
(949) 214-3389 (phone/fax)

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