Saint Louis University has partnered with Concordia Seminary to offer a dual master’s degree for students interested in pursuing careers as deaconesses and social workers. It’s the first time the two institutions have partnered on an academic program.
Starting this fall, eligible students can begin seeking the dual-degree — a master of social work (MSW) from SLU and a master of arts in deaconess studies from Concordia. The new program is offered in collaboration with the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS).
Donald Linhorst, Ph.D.
“We believe the dual-degree program will increase professional services to help the Lutheran church address the social needs of the communities it serves,” said Donald Linhorst, Ph.D., director of SLU’s School of Social Work. “The school already has strong working relationships with Lutheran service agencies, and we look forward to this new opportunity to work together.”
Concordia is one of two seminaries of the LCMS offering pastoral and deaconess formation and programs for theological scholars. Through the dual-degree program, students will receive theological education and formation along with the framework, skills and resources necessary to engage in social work practice that is especially geared to help the ministries and service organizations recognized by the LCMS.
“We are very excited about the new opportunities that this relationship with Saint Louis University offers to our students and the church,” said Erik Herrmann, M.Div., Ph.D., director of deaconess studies at Concordia Seminary.
Proposals also are in the works to partner SLU’s MSW program with Concordia Seminary’s master of divinity and master of arts in theology degree programs.
For more information about the dual degree program, call the admissions department at Concordia Seminary at 800-822-9545, or the master of social work program at Saint Louis University at 314-977-2752.