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Application Process

The deadline to apply for the January 2012 Cohort is December 2, 2011. Please read the following guidelines carefully.

There is an optional one day Graduate Program Orientation held on Saturday, January 21, 2012 at Concordia University-St. Paul, Minnesota.  For those who are interested, the MACOL Program is hosting an optional Pre-Program Gathering on the evening of Friday, January 20th.  This will be a hosted dinner allowing students the opportunity to build community with each other, staff and faculty of the MACOL Program.

If you are visiting from out of town and would like an on-campus living arrangement, Concordia University-St. Paul has apartment styled rooms available in Holst Hall at $40/night.  Each apartment is fully furnished with either 2 or 4 individual rooms sharing 1 or 2 bathrooms respectively.  The apartment is also complete with a fully furnished kitchen, living area, cable TV and Wi-Fi.  If you are interested in this housing option, please fill out the Event Housing Registration Form.

What to expect?

Applicants are considered once a complete Entrance Portfolio is received.  Applicants will receive a letter from the Entrance Review Committee indicating whether or not entrance into the program has been granted. Pre-course assignments and syllabi can be downloaded or printed from this website through the Course Descriptions page.

Entrance Portfolio

To apply, students must submit the following in a folder (if you are unable to view the forms, download Adobe Reader):

  • Application Form (PDF)
  • Master of Arts in Christian Outreach Leadership Entrance Portfolio for the Entrance Committee to review including:
    • Final and official transcripts indicating a CGPA of 3.0 or demonstration of the ability to perform at a masters level and documentation of a bachelor's degree; Request for Official Transcript (PDF)
    • Two letters of recommendation(PDF) from people who can verify the applicant's outreach ministry experience or knowledge; 
    • One letter of recommendation(PDF) from the applicants pastor;
    • Outreach work experiences/resume;
    • Written expression(PDF) of the applicant's rationale for pursing the degree;
    • Documentation of undergraduate courses in Old and New Testament and Christian Doctrine complete or demonstration of competency in course areas. (The course requirements of Old Testament, New Testament and Christian Doctrine may be completed up until 1 June 2010.)
  • $50.00 non-refundable application fee (payable to Concordia University) or pay online;
  • Signed copy of the Technology Agreement;

International Applicants Entrance Portfolio


Undergraduate courses in Old Testament, New Testament, and Christian Doctrine are to be completed prior to the beginning of the student's coursework in MACOL.  If the student is not working toward DCO certification, the courses may be completed at any Christian institution. In order to be certified as a DCO, these courses must be completed at an LCMS institution.  Some places that offer these courses by correspondence are Concordia University Chicago, and the LCMS Northwest District. The LCMS' CUENet program is a tool for completing these courses on-line.  If there are any questions regarding this requirement, please contact Dr. Mark Press at 651-641-8830.

Program Dates

The January 2012 Graduate Program Orientation will take place on January 21, 2012.  An optional MACOL Pre-Program Gathering Dinner will take place on  Friday January 21st to help with community building between cohorts, staff and faculty of the MACOL Program.

The MACOL Program is a 22 month long highly interactive program with 100% online teaching.  The 22 months are broken down into 7 week courses, where cohorts participate (online) in weekly Class Discussion Boards and 90 minute chat session using GoToMeeting/Webinar/Webex. 

Send Application Materials to:

Office of Admissions/MACOL
Concordia University
275 Syndicate Street North
St. Paul, MN 55104