Masters (M.A.)

Luther Seminary's general Master of Arts program offers eight concentrations: Bible: NewTestament; Bible: OldTestament; History of Christianity; Studies in Lutheran MinistriesSystematicTheology; Congregational and Community Care; Children,Youth and Family Ministry; and Congregational Mission and Leadership. Follow these steps to apply to any of these concentrations. Applicants to Dual Degree: M.A. in Marriage and Family Therapy with M.A. in Theology or Dual Degree: Master of Social Work with M.A. in Theology must apply to both degree programs at separate schools.

Step 1 – Prerequisites

  • Bachelor's degree, or its equivalent, from a regionally accredited college or university.
  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0+ on a 4.0 scale (However, the admissions committee does consider factors other than academic record.)
  • New Testament Concentration Only: Greek – is a prerequisite for study in the Master of Arts in New Testament degree program. Applicants who have not met the Greek prerequisite are, for reasons of economy and program continuity, expected to take the Greek course during the summer term prior to entrance in the fall semester, during the fall semester term of their first year of study, or through the online offering of the course. No seminary credit is given for Greek in the Master of Arts in New Testament degree program. Entering students who have earned undergraduate credit for Greek may take a Greek proficiency exam to satisfy the prerequisite if they have taken two or more courses of Greek grammar and reading, and:

    • Earned at least 2 full semesters of undergraduate or graduate credit from an accredited institution
    • Courses were in ancient or Biblical Greek (Intro and Grammar)
    • Earned a grade of C or better
    • Completed courses within five years of starting Luther Seminary 
    If courses were completed five or more years from the start of study at Luther Seminary, applicants must take the prerequisite course. If only 0-2 courses of undergrad Greek have been taken, the Greek pre-requisite course is required. Contact the Office of the Registrar to inquire about the possibility of taking the Greek proficiency exam to satisfy the prerequisite. For additional information, see the academic catalog.

    For additional information on prerequisites, see the academic catalog

Step 2 – Personal Qualifications

God calls many different types of people to lead the church. The following demonstrate readiness for theological study:

  • Commitment to Christ, the church, and the ministry of God's word
  • Academic ability to read and hear with discernment
  • Ability to write with clarity and precision
  • Personal and relational health, integrity, consideration of others, and physical and emotional fitness
  • Potential to lead, inspire and relate positively with people

Step 3 – Gather Application Materials

1. Transcripts – official transcripts from your colleges or universities.

2. Recommendations – three total from a pastor, teacher and other non-family person. Once you have submitted your online application, you will receive an ID number and login for My LutherNet as a prospective student. This will allow you to login to request electronic recommendations for submission. You may also download a copy of the form.

3. Autobiography / Faith Statement – A three- to five-page essay on the significant events and people in your life that have nourished faith in Christ, given a sense of God's call, and brought you to apply for seminary admission. This should include:

  • a description of your present relationship to the church
  • a brief self-assessment of strengths and limitations as a candidate for church leadership
  • reasons for interest in study at Luther Seminary
  • a summary of future plans for ministry
  • a one page-statement outlining your personal faith and theological convictions

Candidates for ministry in the ELCA or other denominations are encouraged to submit their candidacy essay in lieu of the above.

Special Note: The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) IS NOT required for admission to Master of Arts degree programs.

Step 4 – Apply

Two Ways to Apply

Apply Online Now!
Electronically fill out your application.


Download Forms and Mail
Download application and reference forms in PDF format to print and send in. 

Application Deadlines

January Term November 1st
Spring Term December 1st
Summer Term April 1st
Fall Term July 1st

Step 5 – After You Apply

When your application is received, you will be sent an e-mail notice which includes login instructions for MyLutherNet as a prospective student. The MyLutherNet site will allow you to track which documents are still required for admission.


Once all of your application materials are received, it will be reviewed at the next admissions committee meeting. The committee meets regularly and you will be notified by mail within a short time after the group meets.



Complete application information can be found in the academic catalog. If you have any questions, please e-mail us!