E-Learning Defined

The Institute of Lutheran Theology brings theological education to you, where you are, using live web-based video conferencing. Faithful, fully-credentialed teachers lead you deeply into the Scriptures and the Christian tradition. You then take what you learn and immediately use it in your life, family, and congregation. We bring real theological education to you, in a way that is accessible and affordable. Providing an education through online technology gives ILT the freedom of a diverse Lutheran faculty and student body from around the world while keeping tuition rates low since ILT does not have to support fully a brick and mortar facility. This allows you to keep your full-time job or minister within your congregation as you work towards completing your degree at your own pace.

Why YOU Are a Candidate for eLearning at ILT

You will help meet the desperate need for competent, well-trained pastors​.

​You will be equipped to preach the gospel to diverse communities anywhere​.

You will be taught by experts from around North America.

The Admissions Process

The admissions process at ILT is not overly complicated, however, is rigorous and will determine whether you meet the program qualifications and ensure your ability to succeed. The admissions process takes typically 2 months. Please reference the specific program page you are applying for to learn more information.

The Admissions Checklist

✓ Application Form

✓ Transcripts (varies per program)

✓ Admissions Essays & Letters of Recommendation (varies per program)

✓ $55 Application Fee

Real-Time Video Conferencing

ILT provides a real-time, online education. This allows the students to learn in a live, interactive learning environment. ILT uses Microsoft Teams to bring the classroom to you. All you need is a computer, tablet, or a mobile phone with a reliable internet connection. Be sure to arrive in class on time!


Video Conferencing

ILT uses Microsoft Teams for its “classrooms.” The “campus” is an live-time video conferencing platform called Populi. By using these two live-time video conferencing platforms, ILT students are able to be a part of the ILT community without having to uproot their families and move to a physical campus. Our students also have the option of doing their internship or embedded ministry while taking classes. ILT has found that the students who have an internship during their academic studies are able to apply the things they have learned in a controlled learning environment and gain deeper and lasting insight.



Students at ILT participate in the classes they take in real-time, not by recording. The classes are recorded and students are able to go back and listen to a lecture over again, but this is not a substitute for the actual in-class experience.



Students at ILT participate in the classroom as active members. Students cannot only see and hear the instructor but can also see and hear each other. So, just as in a traditional classroom, the students are interacting with the instructor and with each other. In addition, the instructors, or students, can present PDF documents, Power Point presentations, videos, or use a marker board.


Library Resources

ILT offers thousands of online resources, including full books and periodicals, through Ebrary, an online library. ILT also mails physical books to its students (ILT pays for shipping books to the students and the students cover the return shipping costs). Each student has access to thousands of volumes to help them in the studies the course work requires of them. (Access to these resources is open to pastors as well, please visit our library page if you are interested in learning more.)


Video-Conferencing Checklist

✓ 4 GB ram in your computer or PC

Internet connection that has a download speed of at least 10 Mbps and an upload speed of at least 5 Mbps

✓ A Webcam

✓ A USB headset with a microphone


For Assistance Contact

David Patterson

Director of Information Services

(605) 881-4441

Virtual Campus

​ILT grants students access to all its online resources through a web service called Populi. Students have access to the library, to course information and assignments, to the faculty and other students through this web service. You can access the library, the school calendar, and all school information at the click of a button. 

✓ Access to library catalog and online resources

✓ Access to academic and course calendars

✓ Access to course information and assignments

✓ Access to ILT staff, faculty and student body

Wendy Poch

While at ILT I have also found a family. The students and staff genuinely care about one another, constantly lifting one another up in prayer and encouragement. Being a student at ILT has already strengthened me in my current ministries where I serve as the youth leader, an adult Bible study teacher, and as a long-term pastoral intern in my home congregation. The education I am receiving is theologically sound and wonderfully accessible through the video conferencing technology we utilize. I am most grateful for the semesters that I have completed at ILT thus far and look forward with great excitement to finishing my Masters of Divinity degree at the Institute of Lutheran Theology.​


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