Masters (M.A.)

Luther Seminary's general Master of Arts program offers eight concentrations: Bible: New Testament; Bible: Old Testament; History of Christianity; Studies in Lutheran MinistriesSystematic Theology; 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.)
  • The Master of Arts in New Testament degree program is the only MA concentration that requires students to take Greek. In Luther's new curriculum, students will earn credit for Greek. We expect that most students will take the course once enrolled in the Master of Arts program. Entering student who have earned undergraduate credit for Greek may take a Greek proficiency exam to satisfy the prerequisite if they have:

    • 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

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.

International Students - please see the International Student Application Procedure

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 – Application Materials

1. Transcripts – official transcripts from all colleges and universities where you have received academic credit. Please have all transcripts sent directly to Luther Seminary, Office of Admissions, 2481 Como Ave, St Paul, MN 55108. (Electronic transcripts are acceptable and should be sent to

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

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

Please send this essay as an attachment to

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

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We strongly encourage you to use the online application.


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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 processed, you will be sent an e-mail which includes login instructions for accessing MyLutherNet as an applicant. The MyLutherNet site will allow you to track which materials 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 committee meets.

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