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.) 
  • Greek is no longer a prerequisite! – 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 Divinity program. 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
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 admissions@luthersem.edu)

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 (double-spaced) on the significant events and people in your life that have nourished your faith in Christ, given you 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 admissions@luthersem.edu.

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 the Master of Divinity degree program.

Step 4 – Apply

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We strongly encourage you to use the online application.

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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 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!