Deaconesses have served the church in ministries of Christian care, mission, and education since ancient times. The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod maintains three deaconess programs, two on the seminary level in St. Louis and Fort Wayne and both undergraduate and graduate programs at Concordia in Chicago.

CUAA Paths to Deaconess Study

Pre-deaconess women in Ann Arbor prepare for one of the above programs by:

  • Studying Greek (1 year)
  • Obtaining a minor in Christian Thought, Theological Languages or Philosophy, and
  • Taking core classes in the Bible and theology

Because deaconesses serve God in a wide variety of settings, students may take any major they believe will best complement their future service.

The CUAA Advantage

  • A Lutheran higher education community committed to helping students develop in mind, body, and spirit for service to Christ in the Church and the world.
  • Pre-deaconess students join in pre-seminary activities including conferences and workshops, guest lecturers, seminary visits, mission trips and service projects
  • Extra-curricular activities and an active spiritual life on campus
  • Real-world experience and personal growth in the Christian faith
  • Upper-class students with full standing in the program may participate in the STEPS program (Serving and Training Experiences for Pre-Seminary Students)


Financial Assistance

All incoming Pre-deaconess students with any financial need at all receive the Diligent Timothy Book Award. Those who maintain a B average or greater in pre-seminary  courses continue to receive this award in successive semesters. Those with an A average receive double the award amount.

Complementary Majors/Minors

  • Family Life
  • Worship Arts
  • Sociology
  • Psychology

Recommended High School Prep

  • English
  • Math
  • Social Studies
  • Lab Science
  • Foreign Language