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Lutheran Colleges Online

Oct 09, 2018

Students who want to earn an online degree or certificate from a Lutheran college have several schools to choose from. Here we discuss some of these schools in detail, including their tuition rates and student population sizes.

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Many Lutheran colleges allow students to pursue online degree programs at the graduate level, with some schools also offering online undergraduate programs in addition to online spiritual resources. Learn about a few of the Lutheran schools and their programs here.

School Comparison

Compare and contrast some of the Lutheran schools with online degree programs and their undergraduate tuition rates below.

School Name Institution Type Location Tuition (2017-2018)*
California Lutheran University 4-year, private not-for-profit Thousand Oaks, CA $41,363
Grand View University 4-year, private not-for-profit Des Moines, IA $26,516
Wisconsin Lutheran College 4-year, private not-for-profit Milwaukee, WI $29,140
Concordia University - Portland 4-year, private not-for-profit Portland, OR $30,270
Concordia University - Nebraska 4-year, private not-for-profit Seward, NE $31,000

Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)

Description of Lutheran Colleges Online

Lutheran colleges that have online programs award certificate or degree programs in a range of subjects. Get more details about a handful of these schools and their programs.

California Lutheran University

In 2017, the NCES reported that California Lutheran University had around 2,960 undergraduate and 1,270 graduate students. The university offers several online degree programs, including a bachelor's degree in organizational leadership, Master of Science (MS) in Financial Planning, Master of Business Administration (MBA) and MBA in Financial Planning. The online graduate programs are available completely online and typically have 8-week long courses to provide flexibility for students. Online students wishing to grow spiritually can subscribe to the University Chapel Podcast.

Grandview University

Iowa's Grandview University offers a wide range of online, undergraduate degree programs in areas including nursing, theology, political studies, business administration and organizational studies. The school also has online Master of Education and MS in Organizational Leadership programs. The university encourages students with spiritual questions to reach out to the school's pastor or the Director of Student Ministries and also posts chapel sermons online to support students' faith. As of 2017, the university had close to 1,790 undergraduate students and around 50 graduate students, per the NCES.

Wisconsin Lutheran College

Students studying online at Wisconsin Lutheran College can further develop their faith and feel connected to the college by watching chapel services online. According to the NCES, the college had around 990 undergraduate and 120 graduate students in 2017. The college offers a unique accelerated Bachelor of Science (BS) in Business Management and Leadership that allows adult students to complete the program in as little as 20 months. The school also has a hybrid Christian leadership certificate program that consists of graduate-level courses lasting for eight weeks.

Concordia University - Portland

Concordia University - Portland in Oregon had 1,380 undergraduate students and almost 3,750 graduate students in 2017, per the NCES. The university offers online undergraduate degree programs in fields such as homeland security and emergency management, early childhood education and healthcare administration. In addition to an education doctorate, the school also offers master's degrees in areas like curriculum and development, educational leadership and business administration. According to the school's website, online class sizes range from 6 to 18 students, and the school provides any necessary technical support. For their spiritual lives, online students may choose to also set aside daily ''Sacred Time'' similar to that which is held on campus for spiritual activities or contact the university pastor with any spiritual questions and concerns.

Concordia University - Nebraska

Concordia University - Nebraska offers a variety of online master's degree programs in subjects like community health education, coaching and athletics administration/exercise sciences, health information technology, accounting, population health, business intelligence, human resources management and special education. The university also offers an online Lutheran school ministry program and various online endorsement programs, including a reading specialist endorsement, ESL/ELL endorsement and early childhood special education endorsement. Students exploring their faith are encouraged by the university to read the Gospel of John and contact the school's campus pastor. In 2017, the university had a little over 1,680 undergraduate and almost 840 graduate students, per the NCES.

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