Applying to a Master of Divinity Program

The following is a step-by-step overview of the application process for M.Div.

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.) 
  • A note about Greek – Luther launches a new curriculum in the fall of 2014. In the new curriculum, students will earn credit for Greek, and we expect that most students will take the course once enrolled in the program. Greek is a prerequisite for the Core exegetical course in New Testament. Entering students 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
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 prerequisite 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.

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 here.

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 Divinity 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!