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30 credit hours
100% career outcome rate1

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As a Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod pastor, you will teach the Gospel and administer the Sacraments. Through God’s Word and Sacraments, the Holy Spirit will work in your congregation to produce faith.

Students from a wide variety of majors attend seminary; what is most important is that you develop the ability to read texts carefully and analytically, learn to think critically about concrete and abstract problems in relation to historical and social contexts and communicate effectively both orally and in writing. Seminary entrance requirements vary, but normally a bachelor's degree and proficiency in the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew are required of all who desire admission to a seminary. Seminaries generally also require personal references and recommendations.

Concordia University, Nebraska’s pre-seminary program will prepare you for admission to a theological seminary, so you can become a member of the ordained pastoral ministry. Designed to coordinate specifically with the Master of Divinity program of both seminaries of the LCMS, Concordia’s pre-seminary program is rooted in the liberal arts tradition and includes an emphasis in the biblical languages of Greek and Hebrew, along with a background in philosophy and the humanities.

At Concordia, you’ll develop the skills and knowledge you need to be successful in a seminary program and in your church career after graduation.

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Concordia NebraskaPre-Seminary: Learning Objectives

Students in the pre-seminary program at Concordia University, Nebraska will meet requirements for entrance to seminary and graduate program studies in Biblical and theological areas.

Students will be able to clearly communicate God’s message through the written and spoken word.

Students will understand the elements of traditional and contemporary Lutheran worship.

Students will study the Bible in its historical and cultural context and apply it to present-day ethical issues.

Students will grasp the message of the Bible, interpret the Scriptures accurately, develop a Christian worldview and integrate faith into every aspect of their lives.​​​​​​

Concordia Nebraska Pre-Seminary: Career Outcomes


A Lutheran pastor serves the church by providing a balanced ministry of preaching, pastoral care and organizational leadership to the congregation. As a Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod pastor, you would care for the spiritual growth of your congregation, whether that is in a church, hospital, university or in the armed service as a chaplain. 

8.2% Annual Growth Rate2
$25,430 Entry-Level Salary2
$47,100 Mid-Level Salary2
$80,060 Late-Level Salary2


Missionaries work in underdeveloped areas or regions that don’t have strong Christian institutions in place. As a missionary, you would work to spread the Gospel of Jesus and encourage others to learn more about Christianity and to develop and deepen their faith. 

6% Annual Growth Rate2
$19,020 Entry-Level Salary2
$29,310 Mid-Level Salary2
$59,820 Late-Level Salary2

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With a degree in theology from Concordia Nebraska, you will learn to think and read critically, speak clearly and persuasively, and better understand how religious convictions shape us ethically as members of the human community. Studying Christian theology helps you consider both historical and contemporary questions related to theological and religious thought to enhance your awareness of religious beliefs and practices among different cultures.

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Fulfill God's Call to Serve the Church

At Concordia, we equip students to serve as the hands and feet of Christ and be His witnesses through our church work programs. Whether you want to be a Lutheran educator or Director of Christian Education or a pastor, deaconess or parish musician, you’ll be prepared to share the love of Jesus around the world.

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Christian Education Leadership

The Christian education leadership major from Concordia University, Nebraska can help you serve Christ’s church through education as a Director of Christian Education (DCE), youth or camp ministry leader, Christian teacher or as a national or international missionary by equipping you to bring Christian values and leadership to God’s people in a church or school.

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1 Recent graduates attending graduate school or employed within six months of graduation.

2 Career salary and wages sourced from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.