Preprofessional StudiesPre-Deaconess

The Pre-Deaconess Studies program prepares you to serve as a deaconess in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. A deaconess serves in a congregation, hospital, or other institution in local communities or foreign mission fields to bring merchy and human care to others. Pre-deaconess students at Concordia University, St. Paul continue their studies for deaconess certification at one of the seminaries.

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Pre-Deaconess Curriculum Overview

The Pre-Deaconess Studies program prepares you to serve as a deaconess in The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod. You may either begin the program at Concordia University, St. Paul and then transfer at the beginning of your junior year for continued preparation in the deaconess program at Concordia University, Chicago, or you can obtain a Bachelor of Arts degree from CSP and continue your preparation at Concordia Seminary (Saint Louis) or Concordia Theological Seminary (Fort Wayne) to earn a Master of Arts degree and Deaconess certification.


As a pre-deaconess student at Concordia University, St. Paul, you will major in any subject of your choosing and complete the minor in Lutheran Theology. Your academic advisor will work with you to put together a plan of study that will prepare you for admission to the seminary and give you the tools you need to start your diaconal formation.

Student Outcomes

95%95% of CSP grads receive job offers within one year of graduation. (*First Destinations survey administered by Concordia University, St. Paul)
$57,736Highest average salary among MN private school grads (bachelor's) four years after graduation(*salary data source:
44%CSP graduates earn 44% more than the national average. (*Graduate earning data source:

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Meet Your Professors

Dr. Rhoda Schuler Term Faculty in Religion

Dr. Schuler’s research passions are liturgical theology and ritual studies, which she views as more than academic disciplines.

Dr. Mark Schuler Department of Theology and Ministry Chairperson, Professor of Theology

Schuler passes on his passion for Biblical Greek and the New Testament to Concordia students in the classroom.

Dr. David Lumpp Professor of Theology and Ministry

Dr. Lumpp's areas of professional expertise are primarily in systematic and historical theology.

Mark Koschmann Fiechtner Chair in Christian Outreach
Instructor in Theology & Missiology

In addition to his teaching, Koschmann leads the mentoring program of the Hoffmann Institute in urban and cross-cultural outreach.

Career Potential

  • Deaconess
  • Missionary
Student Success Stories Christianna Eckstein ’18 - Pre-Deaconess

"CSP’s location encouraged me to leave my comfort zone. I have had a very rewarding experience volunteering at a youth center and plan to continue serving there."

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