Concordia Lutheran Seminary


Graduate Certificate in Theological Studies

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The GCTS is awarded after successful completion of 24 credits in the Open Studies program. A minimum of 18 credits must be completed through CLS (either through residential study or distance education); up to 6 credits may be earned through other seminaries' programs and transferred to CLS. Courses must be completed in at least three of the four theological disciplines (Exegetical, Systematic, Historical, and Practical). The GCTS can be completed in one year, or up to eight years, and can serve as a bridge between Open Studies and a Master’s degree program at CLS or another ATS-accredited seminary. Contact the Registrar for program planning advice.

Graduate Certificates in Theological Studies are awarded at the first Sacred Convocation following the semester in which the requirements are completed.