Women admitted to the M.A. in Deaconess Studies program must have:
- Completed a Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution or the equivalent; with a minimum GPA of 2.25 on a 4.0 scale;
- Been a member of a congregation in The Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, ordinarily for a minimum of two years prior to admission;
- Served at least 5 years in a congregation or institution, where their work has included an element of spiritual care (e.g. parish nurse, care ministry in a congregation), and will continue to serve in this way throughout the course of their study.