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The Institute of Lutheran Theology has fully-credentialed faculty members and a complete staff to serve students and faculty. The Institute provides a quality theological education equal or superior to that of any graduate seminary. The Institute of Lutheran Theology has been accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the Association for Biblical Higher Education (5850 T.G. Lee Blvd., Ste. 130, Orlando, FL 32822, Telephone: 407-207-0808) to grant degrees at the Master’s and Doctoral levels.
It is best to complete the admissions process at least one month prior to your desired start date. This allows time to work out any technological issues and to register for classes. The typical application takes four to six weeks to complete fully. We accept applications at any time, though applicants may be asked to wait until the next term to register for classes.
Live-Time Video Conferencing Education has changed over the years from “correspondence” courses to “canned” (previously filmed) lectures to the current model. ILT’s education is in live-time with interactive classrooms that replicate everything in a traditional classroom. A vast majority of ILT’s resources are online. You will receive access to classrooms, the campus, the library and even the chapel.
ILT accepts transfer credits from accredited institutions for courses matching ILT’s degree requirements. No more than half of the credits toward a degree or certificate can be transferred from another institution.
Yes, ILT has financial aid. It is provided by congregations in two ways and by some supporting individuals. Congregations provide financial aid to students who are their members. Students are encouraged to connect their pastor and congregational leadership with ILT to begin this process. Congregations also provide financial aid to students through ILT’s Embedded Ministry program. In this program, congregations employ ILT students while they are receiving their theological education. The students learn to do ministry from the beginning of their classes and are pastorally formed while doing so. Supporting individuals have provided some scholarship money that requires a financial aid application. For the upcoming school year, ILT will be providing tuition credits equal to fourteen classes for students with the most financial need. Students must enroll in at least two courses to qualify. At this time, ILT does not qualify for federally subsidized financial aid.
As an accredited school, ILT’s degrees are widely recognized by both denominations and other schools of higher learning. However, ILT does not endorse or approve candidates for call. Various church bodies have their own standards and criteria for service. Our graduates are accepted by LCMC, NALC, CALC and the Augsburg Lutheran Churches as suitably prepared for ministry. We are the seminary for Canadian Association of Lutheran Churches (CALC), Augustana District of the LCMC, Augsburg Lutheran Churches and endorsed by the Lutheran Church of South Sudan. As an independent Lutheran seminary, ILT welcomes students of all denominations. All students enrolling in ILT’s M. Div. program should be in conversation with the appropriate persons in their denominations regarding their preparation for ministry. Candidates for the ordained ministry in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America should consult their synod’s Candidacy Committee. Candidates for ordained ministry in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod must complete an approved program offered by one of the LCMS seminaries. However, our Master of Religion, Master of Sacred Theology, Doctor of Ministry and Doctor of Philosophy degrees are applicable for any church body.
It is not necessary to uproot family or leave jobs in order to enroll at ILT, since all of our courses are taught on-line in real time. Students attend courses from wherever they happen to be. All they need is a computer, webcam, microphone and high speed internet connection.
ILT’s academic programs have completion plans available for both full-time and part-time students. Our students work out their course load in consultation with their academic advisor prior to registering for classes.
Call (605) 692-9337 for information on availability.