President John F. Johnson

Welcome to Concordia!

Concordia University Chicago was founded in 1864 in Addison, Illinois, and was relocated to the Village of River Forest in 1913. Concordia has grown in many ways through the years and now has a student body of approximately 1,300 undergraduate and 3,800 graduate students.

The original purpose of the University was exclusively for the preparation of teachers for Lutheran
elementary schools throughout the country. That goal is now much expanded. Over 4,000 masters degrees have been awarded since the graduate program was started in 1957 with 74 students. Today the program offers 24 options, of which 11 are designed primarily for educators, including a doctoral program. Other graduate programs include church music, religion, gerontology, psychology, community counseling and human services.

Graduate study at Concordia-Chicago is designed to build upon competencies developed through the successful completion of a baccalaureate degree program. Participation in the graduate program will build on this foundation to extend both knowledge and intellectual maturity. Graduate study is a goal-structured program providing opportunity for concentrated study. It also provides a closer working relationship with faculty, creative thinking, and more intensive library research. As graduate students study side by side with other graduate students, there is an added dimension of greater depth and breadth of learning, often supplemented by the varied experiences drawn from individual daily responsibilities.

Owned and operated by The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and a member institution of the Concordia University System (CUS), Concordia University Chicago aims to integrate the academic disciplines with this spiritual philosophy in order to build a strong set of values for the solution of the problems of today and tomorrow.

Concordia continues the dedication it has had for 140 years; to give you the finest preparation possible for the realities of life; the discipline and Christian commitment that will produce leadership and responsibility in society; the zeal and motivation for continued growth and learning that will last a life time. We look forward to the opportunity to share that experience with you.

President John F. Johnson's signature

John F. Johnson
President, Concordia University Chicag