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Costs and Dates

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


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Application timeline


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


Notification of acceptance will be mailed.

May 1

$2,500 tuition applied.

Seminar dates

  • First Seminar (CL 7511) -- Dates: July 25-29, 2016

  • Second Seminar (CL 7512) -- Dates: January 23-27, 2017

Seminar dates for 2016-2017 will be in July and January, exact dates to be determined. More specific dates for later seminars are provided after enrollment. View an overall schedule of the program.

Tuition and fees

Total tuition (for students admitted in 2018) is $15,000 for the entire program, payable in semester payments across the first three years of the program. (Rates are subject to change for students admitted in 2019 -- 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 $150.

  • 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 (2018 rates)

  • $2,500 tuition + student spring activity fee applied May 1
  • $2,500 tuition + student fall activity and technology fees applied November 1

Download the complete payment schedule.

The program is structured to enable students to complete it in four years. Students continuing after the fourth year will be assessed a $1,000 per year continuation fee.

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

Travel and living expenses

Students will be required to bear travel and living expenses. Limited housing is typically available in Stub Hall on Luther Seminary's campus. Information about on campus and other housing options is available upon receipt of a confirming 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 resources for D.Min. candidates: