As a university rooted in the Lutheran tradition, Concordia-Chicago is one of the most affordable Christian liberal arts-based universities in the Midwest.  We prepare our students academically, intellectually, practically and ethically for a meaningful career and life.

About us

Concordia University Chicago was founded in 1864 as a college for teachers and today is a comprehensive university comprising the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education, College of Graduate Studies and College of Innovation and Professional Programs. CUC offers graduate and undergraduate programs, as well as doctoral degrees. The University is affiliated with The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod and is a member of the Concordia University System, a nationwide network of colleges and universities.




An institution of The Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod, Concordia-Chicago is a private, liberal arts-based university that incorporates Christian values and is grounded in the Lutheran tradition. 


Our location on a 40-acre suburban campus in upscale River Forest is only 10 miles west of downtown Chicago. This provides opportunities to gain practical experience that supplement classroom learning. The resources of Chicago enrich all areas of our students’ experiences, making real-world connections possible.


• Recognized as a national College of Distinction for engaging students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes

• Named for the fourth time to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for volunteering and civic engagement



• Higher Learning Commission (HLC)

• Council for Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

• Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP)

• National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Our Courses

College of Arts and Sciences 


•BA, Art

•BA, Biology*

•BS, Biology*

•BA, Chemistry*

•BS, Chemistry*

•BA, Classical Liberal Studies

•BA, Communication

•BA, Computer Information Systems*

•BA, Computer Science*

•BS, Computer Science*

•BA, Criminal Justice

•BA, English

•BA, Exercise Science

•BA, Graphic Arts

•BA, History

• BA, Journalism

•BA, Mathematics*

•BA, Music

•BA, Natural Science*

•BA, Philosophy

•BA, Pre-Nursing

•BA, Political Science

•BA, Pre-Art a Therapy

•BA, Psychology

•BA, Social Work

•BA, Sociology

•BA, Spanish

•BA, Sport and Fitness

•BA, Theater

•BA, Women’s and Gender Studies

•BS, Mathematics – Actuarial Science  Specialization*

•BS, Mathematics – Computer Science  Specialization*

•BS, Mathematics – Natural Science  Specialization*

•BS, Mathematics – Pure Math  Specialization*

•BS, Pre-Athletic Training

•BS, Pre-Dentistry

•BS, Pre-Medicine

•BS, Pre-Occupational Therapy

•BS, Pre-Pharmacy

•BS, Pre-Physical Therapy

*Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) programs Students with an F-1 visa may be authorized for up to 36 months of employment in the U.S. after graduation, designated as Optional

Practical Training (OPT)


•MS, Computer Science*

College of Business


•BA, Accounting

•BS, Accounting

•BA, Business Communication

•BA, Management

•BS, Management

•BA, Marketing

•BS, Marketing

•BA, Sports Management

•BS, Sports Management






MBA – 1 or 2 years**


•MBA On-Campus Specializations:

-Digital Marketing


-Health Care Management

-Leadership and Change  Management


•MBA Online Specializations:

-Accounting-Chief School Business Official


-Not-for-Profit Management

-School Business Management

*Science/Technology/Engineering/Math (STEM) programs Students with an F-1 visa may be authorized for up to 36 months of employment in the U.S. after graduation, designated as Optional

Practical Training

(OPT)**Apply for the 2 year MBA. You can finish in a year and accelerate your degree after the first semester,depending on grade performance.

College of Eduaction


•BS, Early Childhood Education  (birth–grade 3)

•BS, Elementary Education(grades 1–6)

•BA, Foreign Language – Spanish  Language Education (grades  K–12)

•BA, Visual Arts Education  (grades K–12)

•BA, Music Education(grades K–12)

•BS, Physical Education  (grades K–12)

•BS, Special Education (age 3–21)

•BS, Middle Grades Education  (grades5–8)

-Literacy Specialization

-Mathematics Specialization

-Science Specialization

-Social Sciences Specialization


•BS, Secondary Education  (grades 9–12)

-English/Language Arts Specialization

-Mathematics Specialization

-Physical Education Specialization

-Science: Biology Specialization

-Science: Chemistry  Specialization

-Social Science: HistorySpecialization

-Visual Arts Specialization 


•MA, Curriculum and Instruction

•MA, Early Childhood Education

•MA, Educational Administration


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