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Quick Facts

Luther Seminary at a glance, 2018-19

Enrollment

  • 500 students

Enrollment by degree program

  • 58%    Master of Divinity

  • 22%    Master of Arts

  • 9%    Doctor of Ministry

  • 6%    Ph.D., Master of Theology
  • 5%    Other (Graduate Certificate, non-degree or special programs)

Distributed Learning

  • 138      students are enrolled in the M.Div. (DL) degree program

  • 40      students are enrolled in the M.A. (DL) degree program

Denominational makeup

  • 74%     ELCA-identified

  • 26%     Ecumenical, representing 41 denominations and traditions (non-ELCA)

International students

  • 52 from 23 countries

Graduates

  • 111 graduates in 2018

Luther Seminary:

  • Provides continuing education to more than 3,000 pastors each year
  • Educates nearly 40 percent of the ELCA's pastors and church leaders

Financial Aid

  • $3.79 million budgeted for scholarship and financial aid

  • Covers approximately 56 percent of tuition

    Financial aid to students is based upon the 2018-19 fiscal year budget.

 Tuition and living expenses

  • $17,500 annually for full-time M.Div. study

  • $39,122* annually for full-time M.Div. study, living expenses, and books
    *Reflects cost for students living off campus and reflects the 2018-19 academic year.

Student debt

  • 47% graduate without seminary debt

  • 53% graduate with seminary debt

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

  • Jubilee Scholarships

  • Local congregation assistance

  • Synod partnerships

  • Living expense stipends for ELCA Fund for Leaders scholars

Seminary Finances

Sources of seminary income

  • 45%   Donor Support

  • 26%   Endowment Draw 

  • 12%   Tuition and Fees (net of scholarships)

  • 10%   ELCA Churchwide and Synod Support

  • 7%     Housing and other revenue

Financial information is current as of December 2018 and is based upon the 2017-18 fiscal year.