Students at commencement

Costs and Dates

Application timeline  |  Seminar dates  |  Tuition  |  Travel and living expenses  |  Scholarships and financial aid


Apply online. Questions? Call 651-641-3521 or 1-800-LUTHER-3.

Application timeline


Completed applications are due February 15 of the year you intend to enroll.


Notification of acceptance will be mailed in April.

May 1

$400 deposit due to confirm admission and reserve a place in the cohort. (This amount will be deducted from the first quarterly tuition payment due June 1.)

June 1

Remainder of first quarterly payment of tuition due ($600 for first payment).

Seminar dates

This class consists of a cohort of approximately 10-18 students. All sessions are held on the campus of Luther Seminary in Saint Paul, Minn.

The next cohort seminars will be held June 6-24, 2016.

Tuition and fees

Total tuition (for students admitted in 2015) is $12,000 for the entire program, payable in quarterly payments across the first three years of the program. (Rates are subject to change for students admitted in 2016 -- but guaranteed at that rate once the student is admitted.)

Other required fees (beyond tuition) include:

  • A student activity fee of $10/semester.
  • An annual technology/library fee of $125.

  • A one-time candidacy fee of $600, assessed when the thesis proposal is approved.

  • A one-time graduation fee of $150, assessed when the thesis project is accepted, prior to Commencement.

First year payments (2015 rates)

  • $400 tuition deposit (due May 1)
  • $600 tuition (due June 1)
  • $1,000 tuition (due Aug. 1)
  • $1,135 tuition + student fall activity and technology fees (due Oct. 1)
  • $1,010 tuition + student spring activity fee (due Jan. 1)

Download the complete 2015 payment schedule.

The program is structured to enable students to complete it in three years. Students continuing after the third year will be assessed a $500 per year continuation fee.

The Academic Catalog gives the complete list of fees as well.

Travel and living expenses

Students are required to bear travel and living expenses. Limited housing may be available in Stub Hall on Luther Seminary's campus but is not guaranteed to students in the first year of the program. Information about other housing options is made available upon receipt of a confirmation deposit.

Scholarships and financial aid

Many students enrolled in D.Min. programs receive significant financial support from their congregations, synods, judicatories, denominational agencies, etc.

Additional financial aid support: