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How to Apply

Master of Divinity program

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Prerequisites

  • Bachelor’s degree, or its equivalent, from a regionally accredited college or university

  • Cumulative GPA of 3.0+ on a 4.0 scale

  • Greek requirement (click "+" on expandable box below)

  • The GRE (Graduate Record Examination) IS NOT required for admission to Master of Divinity degree programs.

  • International Students -- please see International Student Applications
Greek Requirement

Entering students are understood to have met the seminary’s Greek requirement if they have taken at least two semesters of Greek within the past five years and have received a grade of B or better. Students who received less than a B or have studied Greek without receiving course credit may ask to take a Greek proficiency exam. No course credit is given for undergraduate Greek or the Greek proficiency exam. Students take another 1.0 credit to meet the total needed for the 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
  • Fall term: July 1
  • January term: November 1
  • Spring term: December 1
  • Summer term: April 1

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.

Alternate method: If you need an accessible version or do not have reliable access to an Internet connection, you may download the PDF version to print out and send in.

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Transcripts and recommendations

Send transcripts 

Please request official transcripts from every college or university from which you have received credit. Transcripts should be sent directly from the college or university to the Admissions Office (admissions@luthersem.edu or 2481 Como Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108).

Submit recommendations

  1. A recommendation from a pastor

  2. A recommendation from a teacher (or professional reference if applicant’s most recent academic experience is more than five years ago)

  3. A recommendation from a non-family person

We strongly encourage you to use the online recommendation forms by providing an email address and phone number for each recommender. Use your ID Number and login for MyLutherNet (included in the email confirming receipt of your initial application form) to request recommendations via email.

Alternate method: If it is not possible to request electronic recommendations, you may download the PDF version and share it with your recommenders. Ask them to submit the completed form directly to the Admissions Office (admissions@luthersem.edu or 2481 Como Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108)

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Entrance essay or faith statement

Candidates for ministry in the ELCA or other denominations should submit their candidacy entrance essay once the initial application form has been received.

If you do not have an entrance essay, please submit a faith statement.

What is a faith statement?

The faith statement is a three- to five-page autobiographical essay on the significant events and people in your life that have nourished faith in Christ, given a sense of God's call, and brought you to apply for seminary admission.

The faith statement 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

Submit your entrance essay or faith statement as a Word doc or PDF to the Admissions Office by email (admissions@luthersem.edu) 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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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 of their decision within one business day of the meeting.

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

  1. Send an affirmation of intent to the Admissions Office (admissions@luthersem.edu or 2481 Como Ave., Saint Paul, MN 55108); and
  2. Submit a deposit or deposit waiver to confirm your intent to enroll.