Preprofessional StudiesPre-Seminary

The Pre-Seminary studies program involves taking coursework in Biblical studies, Greek, Hebrew and Christian doctrine. Students in the pre-seminary program intend to attend seminary to become pastors after they graduate from Concordia University, St. Paul.

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Pre-Seminary Curriculum Overview

The Pre-Seminary Studies program involves taking coursework in Biblical studies, Greek, Hebrew and Christian doctrine in preparation for a career as a professional minister of the Gospel. You’ll work closely with a pre-pastoral advisor in choosing courses that position you for further study at a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod seminary or other seminary. You can choose from a wide variety of liberal arts majors that will help you gain the skills and knowledge necessary for seminary entrance and success.

At Concordia, small class sizes and one-on-one relationships with your professors allow them to know your skills and characteristics well enough to write insightful letters of recommendation. And Concordia’s emphasis on relevant, hands-on learning will give you plenty of experiences outside the classroom that will stand out on your seminary application.


As a pre-seminary student, you will complete either a Theology major or a Lutheran Theology minor. Additional majors and minors are chosen in consultation with your advisor. You will also take a course in philosophy and a course in public speaking. All pre-seminary students are required to take Greek and Hebrew in preparation for theological study at seminary.

Meet Your Professors

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.

Dr. Suzanne Hequet Term Faculty of Theology

Dr. Hequet has a passion for Church History, in particular the 16th century Reformation.

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.

Career Potential

  • Pastor
  • Missionary
Student Success Stories Josef Muench ’17 - Pre-Seminary

"My experience at CSP has been one of growth in my knowledge of the Scriptures and the Lutheran Confession, and outlook on the Christian message within the broader community."

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