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Quick Facts

Luther Seminary at a glance

Enrollment

  • 490 students

Enrollment by degree program

  • 56%    Master of Divinity

  • 17%    Master of Arts

  • 7%    Ph.D., Master of Theology

  • 14%    Doctor of Ministry

  • 6%    Graduate Certificate, non-degree or special programs

Distributed Learning

  • 124      students are enrolled in the M.Div. DL degree program

  • 16      students are enrolled in the M.A. CYF DL degree program 

Male/female enrollment

  • 43%     male

  • 57%     female

Denominational makeup

  • 70%     ELCA identified

  • 30%     Ecumenical, representing 41 denominations and traditions (non-ELCA)

International students

  • 49 from 20 countries

Graduates

  • 112 graduates in 2017

Alumni include:

  • About one-third of ELCA pastors

  • An increasing number of ELCA lay professionals

  • Leaders of many global Lutheran and ecumenical churches

Faculty

  • 31 faculty

Financial Aid

  • $2.45 million budgeted for scholarship and financial aid during 2017-18

  • Covers approximately 56 percent of tuition

    Financial aid to students is based upon the 2015-16 fiscal year.

 Tuition and living expenses

  • $17,000 annually for full-time study

  • $37,390* annually for full-time study, living expenses and books
    *Reflects cost for students living off campus and reflects the 2017-18 academic year.

Student debt

  • 43% graduate without seminary debt

  • 57% graduate with seminary debt

  • Median indebtedness is $53,467

    Financial information is current as of October 2016 and is based upon the 2015-16 fiscal year.

Luther Seminary is committed to raising funds to help reduce student debt through:

  • Scholarship fundraising

  • Local congregational assistance

  • Synod partnerships

  • Working with the ELCA Fund for Leaders

Seminary Finances

Sources of seminary income

  • 57%   Donor Support

  • 19%   Endowment Draw 

  • 12%   Tuition and Fees

  • 4%     Auxiliary Enterprises

  • 8%     ELCA churchwide & synod support