Online Master's in Theology | Concordia University

The Master’s in Theology Online

Concordia University Irvine

Faith and learning.

The online Master’s in Theology degree program offers a solid foundation of study in Scripture and theology with the versatility to customize your learning experience. Whether you are preparing for ministry with a particular emphasis or planning to continue your studies at the doctoral level, Concordia will partner with you to equip you for your vocation and next steps.

Concordia University invites you to participate in a community of scholars who are faithful to Scripture and willing to explore hard questions of the Christian faith. From a core curriculum of six classes, you can customize your learning experience through any of four emphasis areas. Just in case you need more flexibility and responsiveness to your educational needs, you have customized program options available to you through currently offered electives, guided readings, or colloquia. To really focus on an area of personal interest, you’ll select a topic for your thesis and work collaboratively with faculty in your journey of faith and learning.


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Denominational distinctives.

“Do I have to be Lutheran for this program to be the right fit for me?” is a frequent question that comes up when someone is researching programs. The simple answer is “no.”

In fact, people from diverse Christian denominational backgrounds and various geographic areas have participated in the MA in Theology program and found a respectful community of scholars to walk with them in their preparation for doctoral studies, current ministries, or personal faith journeys. If you want a safe place to study and explore deep issues of the faith, you’ll meet and be nurtured in a unique community of believers and scholars at Concordia.

A blended instructional approach.

The online Master’s in Theology degree is delivered through a “blended” instructional approach that offers flexibility for distance learners who live outside of the Orange County area. Blended instructional models are growing in popularity because adult students appreciate periodic face-to-face classroom connection times while being able to complete coursework primarily online. That means less time on campus, more time online, and the flexibility to fit continuing education into your home, family, and work life.

In the online Theology Master’s program, even distance learners are required to take a minimum of two classes on site; however, with the option to take a summer intensive to complete a course in 10 days, you can manage your ministry and schedule needs while continuing your education. You might even want to use a summer intensive course as a reason to take a vacation in beautiful southern California, while you do the rest of your coursework online during the year.

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Program timelines.

Term Dates
Summer June 3-12, 2019
Fall August 20, 2018 - December 14, 2018 
Spring January 7, 2019 - May 3, 2019

Due to the flexibility and ability to customize your program, contact an admissions counselor to discuss upcoming start dates and how to plan your coursework. The MA program generally runs for a 15-week term during the fall and spring semesters and for a 10-day summer intensive.

If you are pursuing certifications with the Cross-Cultural Ministry Center or other programs with oversight by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, there may be different term lengths to understand within your expanded coursework beyond the MA in Theology.

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Dr. Steve Mueller, Dean of Christ College

Faith and faculty.

Not every program can boast about its faculty members being in touch with issues of faith and ministry. About 99% of the CUI faculty are “practitioner instructors” who have a rich background in ministry, cross-cultural, and publication experience. The diverse personal histories and approaches of the faculty allow you to study intensely in any area of emphasis. You can expect highly educated, thoughtful Christian practitioners to partner with you in your faith and education experience. One such example is Dr. Steve Mueller. Dean of Christ College and author of numerous books and articles, including several related to the writings of C.S. Lewis, Dr. Mueller has a dynamic ability to mentor students and church leaders in his roles of instructor, program director, and co-laborer in the faith.

Tuition and fees.

2018-2019 tuition and fees are listed here for your reference, but are subject to change without notice.

MA Theology Tuition Summer '18 Fall '18 / Spring '19
Application Fee (Non-Refundable) $50 $50
International Application Processing Fee $150 $150
Graduation Fee   Graduation Fee
MA - Theology $630/Unit $630/Unit
KINDLE Articulation Fee $60/Unit $60/Unit

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