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How to Apply

Doctor of Ministry program

Luther Seminary hopes to launch the Ph.D. program in Fall 2018.



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  • A Master of Divinity, Master of Arts, which must include 72 credits that represent broad-based work in theology, biblical studies and the arts of ministry, or Bachelor of Divinity degree (or its equivalent) from an accredited theological school. Work experience cannot be substituted for this training.

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0+ on a 4.0 scale for the first degree(s) in theology

  • A minimum of three years in some form of professional ministry subsequent to the receipt of a first graduate theological degree.



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Start your application

Apply online now

Complete the online application form to get the process started. You can save your progress and return to complete your online application at any time.

Application deadlines

All D.Min. applications are due by February 15 of the year you intend to enroll.

Once your initial application is received, you will be sent an email that walks you through the next steps in the application process and provides login instructions for MyLutherNet, where you can track your application progress.



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Essays on vocation and ministry

Submit essays appropriate to the D.Min. program to which you are applying. Each essay should be no longer than three double-spaced pages.

D.Min. in Biblical Preaching

Applicants to the D.Min. in Biblical Preaching must submit two essays that address the following questions:

  1. Describe and reflect upon your practice of preaching, making explicit the theological themes, principles, and values that inform it.
  2. Reflect upon how you hope this D.Min. program will help you to improve your preaching, describing what you see as your strengths and primary areas of growth.

D.Min. in Biblical Preaching applicants must also submit a sermon sample (the written text of a preached sermon) and a letter of support (found on page 4 of this application).

D.Min. in Congregational Mission and Leadership

Applicants to the D.Min. in Congregational Mission and Leadership must submit three essays that address the following questions:

  1. What are the primary challenges and opportunities within your present ministry context, both in the congregation and the community it serves? What is God doing?
  2. How would this D.Min. program help you to improve your leadership in addressing these challenges and opportunities? What are your strengths and primary areas of growth? What does God want to do through you?
  3. What are the primary themes or values that inspire your work as a pastoral leader? What significant autobiographical events or persons have influenced your ministry? How has God shaped you as a leader?

Submit your entrance essays as Word docs or PDFs to the Admissions Office by email ( or by mail (2481 Como Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108).

Please include your login number (included in your initial application confirmation email) with your essay.



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Transcripts and letters of recommendation

Send transcripts 

Please request official transcripts from every accredited college, university, seminary and other graduate school from which you have received credit. Transcripts must clearly show that you have received the Master of Divinity degree or its formal academic equivalent.

Transcripts should be sent directly to the Admissions Office ( or 2481 Como Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108).

Applicants who graduated from Luther Seminary within 20 years from the time of application may submit a transcript release authorization form (Word doc) to the Office of the Registrar for release of the undergraduate transcript.

Submit letters of recommendation

  1. A recommendation from your ministry supervisor (e.g., bishop, etc.)

  2. A recommendation from a clergy colleague

  3. A recommendation from a lay person familiar with your current ministry (e.g., council president, etc.)

You will need to ask those submitting a recommendation to submit a recommendation letter to the Admissions Office ( or 2481 Como Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108)



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Once your application is complete

Once all of your materials are received, your application will be reviewed at the next regularly scheduled admissions committee meeting. You will be notified in April of their decision.

If you are accepted (congratulations!), you will be asked to:

  1. Reserve a place in the cohort by confirming acceptance of admission. Send an affirmation of intent to the Admissions Office ( or 2481 Como Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108); and
  2. Submit a deposit of $400 by May 1 to confirm your intent to enroll. (This amount will be deducted from the first quarterly payment of tuition due July 1.)