Quick Facts About Luther Seminary

Financial Aid | Seminary Finances | Students


What is the size of the faculty?


What percentage of the faculty is ecumenical?


What percentage of the faculty have a Ph.D.?


Financial Aid

How much are tuition and living expenses?

Tuition is $15,500 annually for full-time study. Living expenses and books total approximately $36,500 annually.

What financial aid is available for students?

Luther Seminary provides more than $2.5 million in financial aid to students each year.  On average, a student receives $6,937 in scholarships and grants from Luther Seminary.  This amount is $1,710 more than the previous year.  

How much debt do students accumulate during seminary?

  • 30% graduate without seminary debt
  • 70% graduate with seminary debt (average indebtedness for these students is $45,881)

Seminary Finances

What are the seminary's sources of revenue?

  • 37% gifts and grants from individuals and congregations
  • 29% tuition and fees
  • 16% endowment income
  • 7.5% ELCA churchwide and synod grants

What is the seminary's annual budget?

$21.47 million

What is the size of the seminary's endowment?

$77.6 million


How many students are enrolled at Luther Seminary?


Enrollment by degree program

  • 56% Master of Divinity
  • 23% Ph.D., Master of Theology or Doctor of Ministry programs
  • 17% Master of Arts program
  • 4% Non-degree programs

What percentage of students are male/female?

  • 53% male
  • 47% female

What is the denominational make up of the student body?

31% (240 students) of the total student body represent 41 denominations and faiths other than the ELCA.

How many international students are enrolled?

58 international students represent 23 different countries.

How do Luther Seminary graduates serve the church?

Luther Seminary provides about one-third of the pastors and an increasing number of lay professionals in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA); leaders of many global Lutheran churches are Luther Seminary graduates.

How many students graduated from Luther Seminary LASt year?


How many students are in the program for Distributed Learning Master of Divinity?

108 students are enrolled in the M.Div. DL degree.

How many students are in the Children, Youth and Family program?

30 students are enrolled in the M.A. CYF DL degree.