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Registrar

Registration for Fall Semester 2013 Is Now Open! Deadline for on-time registration is Friday, August 2

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Glossary of Terms

This page outlines a glossary of commonly heard terms.

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Forms and Resources

This is a list of useful forms and resources to all The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia's students.

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Affiliated Students

All First Theological Degree-Level student whose MDiv studies have been undertaken at a non-ELCA seminary, if seeking ordination in the ELCA, are required to “affiliate” with an ELCA seminary. The seminary assists the student’s ordination process, oversees the student’s internship, and, ordinarily, hosts the student for “Lutheran Year” studies.

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Take a Course

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Adults of all educational and religious backgrounds are welcome to take courses at the seminary for personal and professional enrichment or to find out if seminary is right for you through LTSP’s Adult Learning offerings.

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Student Learning Assessment

Assessment of student learning at LTSP is the systematic collection of information about student learning, using the time, knowledge, expertise and resources available, in order to inform decisions about how to improve student learning.

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Catalog

This catalog is a statement of the policies, personnel, programs, and financial arrangements of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia as projected by the responsible authorities of the seminary.

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Contact the Registrar

Have questions about Courses, Credits, and Test-Outs?

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Graduation Information

Commencement 2014 is scheduled to be held on Tuesday, May 20, 3 pm, at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1000 West Main Street, Lansdale, PA, 19446.

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The Registrar

Welcome to the Office of the Registrar at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia. Our office is responsible for student academic records, preparation and publication of course schedules, course registration and grades, degree audits and transcripts, certification of students for graduation, enrollment verification, and general interpretation of institutional academic policies.

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Policies

Found here are various important academic policies, including those on extensions, withdrawals, course transfers, etc.

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Academic Calendar

This is the academic calendar that contains all dates of note for the 2014-2015 year.

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Registration and Course Information

Click here for information on how to register for courses.

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Course Schedules

This page contains course schedules.

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Accreditation and Statement of Educational Effectiveness

This page contains both the Accreditation Information and the Statement of Educational Effectiveness for The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia.

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Krauth Memorial Library

A major component in the seminary’s educational program is the 200,000 volume Krauth Memorial Library. It boasts one of the finest scholarly collections of any Lutheran institution in America.

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Journal/Book Request Form

Request a Journal or Book using the KML online form.
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History of the Library

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A major component in the seminary’s educational program is the 200,000 volume Krauth Memorial Library. It boasts one of the finest scholarly collections of any Lutheran institution in America and it houses archives of five of the seminary’s supporting synods.

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The Doberstein Window

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This beautiful stained glass window was installed in the Krauth Memorial Library in March 1975. It is a memorial to Professor John W. Doberstein, whose friends had contributed funds for it in his memory.

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Urban Theological Institute

For over 30 years, The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has been dedicated to providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant and upbuilding for the African American community.

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Safety

The primary responsibilities of the LTSP Security Office are: Protection of life and property Prevention of crime Providing service to members of the seminary community while concurrently preserving an environment conducive to the pursuit of educational goals and personal growth

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Textbooks

LTSP's online bookstore with eCampus.com makes it possible for students to do "one stop shopping" for all of their textbooks. You can order your books online, get cash back at the end of the semester, charge books to your student account, and search a large selection of new, used, rental, and eTextbook inventory.

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Denominations

For persons preparing for servant-leadership in the church, most denominations have a candidacy process that requires contact with the denomination prior to the beginning of seminary.

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Black Church Studies

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) offers theological education to church leaders, representing a range of denominations, that is relevant and upbuilding for the African American community in a number of different areas.

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Lutheran Studies Program

If you are planning to prepare for a career in a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, you are encouraged to begin the candidacy process with your synod one year prior to the time you plan to enter seminary. The ELCA offers the TEEM (Theological Education for Emerging Ministries) process as an alternative program of preparation for ordination. It is for exceptional persons who are identified for ministry in a specific context and complete theological education (non-MDiv degree) and candidacy requirements.

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Anglican Studies Program

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia has long expressed an ecumenical partnership with the ECUSA through a relationship with the Diocese of Pennsylvania. For more than thirty-five years Episcopal seminarians have been receiving theological education at LTSP.  In today's climate, we welcome those who are seeking formation, education and opportunity in both lay and ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.

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Mission and Vision

Centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ, the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia seeks to educate and form public leaders who are committed to developing and nurturing individual believers and communities of faith for engagement in the world.

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Student Services

Student Services staff provide assistance for LTSP students both during and beyond their seminary career. Student Services is located on the second floor of The Brossman Learning Center in part of the Kaufmann Enrollment Services suite which also includes the Admissions staff.

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Cookin' with Who? : Advertise!

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Purchase an advertisement in the 2014 Cookin' with Who? program! Support Cookin' with Who? and reach your friends and neighbors in the community!

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150th Anniversary Celebration Gala

JOIN US Thursday, October 16, 2014, at the Gala Banquet to raise funds for the 150th Anniversary Scholarship Fund!

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Archives Advocate

The Archives Advocate is the publication of The Lutheran Archives Center at Philadelphia.

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Shaeffer-Ashmead Chapel

The gathering of the LTSP community around Word and Sacrament stands at the core of our life together, continuing to shape who we are and how we live, learn, and serve. Music and liturgy frame our engagement with the Word and reflect a variety of styles and traditions. Students, faculty, and staff work together to plan and lead worship, with worship opportunities through the week from early morning prayer to late night compline.

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Luther 2017 Commemoration

The year 2017 marks the 500th anniversary of the beginning of what became known as the Reformation. It has been almost 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg in what is now Germany.

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The Legacy of Grover and Irma Wright

In fall 2010, The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) established The Dr. Grover C. and Irma S. Wright Scholarship Fund for African American Lutheran Students for LTSP students seeking to become rostered professional leaders in the church. The inauguration of the scholarship was celebrated at a special signing ceremony at LTSP on August 27, 2010, and the Legacy of Dr. Wright and his wife, Irma, continue to be celebrated by LTSP.

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Cookin' With Who?

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Community “chefs” will compete for the Mt. Airy Platinum Spatula at this 4th edition of the annual event! Save the Date: Thursday, November 6, 2014 • 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm at The Brossman Center

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Seminary Partners

The seminary is part of an interlocking network of faith communities and learning centers.

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Multicultural Mission Resource Center

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia is a seminary deeply rooted in a long historical and denominational tradition that has opened itself up to innovative theological and missiological possibilities.

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Institute for Ecumenical and Inter-Religious Dialogue

The overall objective of the Institute is to encourage and facilitate conversation and communication among persons of different traditions in order to promote cooperation and understanding.

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Theological Education with Youth

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TEY is Totally Excellent Youth. TEY is Transforming Events with Youth. TEY is Thoughtful Explorations with Youth.

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Intersections Institute

The Intersections Institute is a partnership of the Eastern Cluster of Lutheran Seminaries, social ministry organizations, and schools of business that will provide graduate and continuing education opportunities that integrate the study of theology and management to form leaders who can successfully navigate the changing environment in which the church serves all God's people.

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Asian Theological Summer Institute

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An annual mentoring program for doctoral students of Asian heritage supported by the Henry Luce Foundation. The 2015 Institute is Tuesday, May 26 – Saturday, May 30, 2015 - applications open now through February 2, 2015.

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Muhlenberg 300

The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, along with Muhlenberg College, are marking the tercentenary of Henry Melchior Muhlenberg’s birth in 2011 as an opportunity to celebrate the importance of his legacy to the American colonies and his place as patriarch and pillar of Lutheranism in North America.

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Contextual Education

Important Due Dates : August 1, 2013 - Deadline for Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) autobiography (see instructions on this page) August 1, 2013 - Deadline for Spiritual Giftability Profile (pdf) (Results Page Only)

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Internship and Practicum

Internship is not an academic requirement for the MDiv degree but is an ecclesiastical requirement for ordination by the ELCA and some other denominations. Students needing internship should plan to do it between the second and third academic years.

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Clinical Pastoral Education

CPE is an ecclesiastical (not academic) requirement for ordination by the ELCA and some other denominations. Designed to provide an intensive pastoral care experience coupled with deep reflection and discernment, CPE offers students the opportunity to hone their listening and care-giving skills in critical care facilities under qualified supervision.

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Field Education

The typical MDiv student undertakes a field education assignment for each of four semesters (normally the first two years of a full-time program).

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Continuing Education

Learn more about the ways that LTSP can help you continue your education as a church leader or interested lay person, including Non-Credit Continuing Education, Certificate Program in Lutheran Church Leadership, Biblical Insights on Faithful Leadership, Seminars on Educational Ministry in Congregations, and the diakonia Program™.

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Certificate in Church Leadership

The CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in CHURCH LEADERSHIP prepares clergy and lay leaders to administer church programs, and to lead faithfully and effectively in today’s challenging contexts. The Certificate Program in Church Leadership is a ministry of the Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).

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Certificate in Christian Ministry

The CERTIFICATE PROGRAM in CHRISTIAN MINISTRY equips clergy and lay leaders for faithful and effective ministry in the parish by enhancing their skills in Bible study, church doctrine, church history, preaching, and worship.

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Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies

The Certificate in Advanced Graduate Studies is designed to follow the first theological degree (MAR or MDiv), and to enable the candidate to engage in serious study in applied theology. It may be combined with study for either the Master of Sacred Theology or the Doctor of Ministry degrees.

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Certificate of Theological Study

Students with accredited undergraduate degrees who desire first professional-level courses for credit but do not desire to enter a degree program may choose instead to take a more limited program leading to aCertificate of Theological Study.

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Certificate in Social Ministry and Church

LTSP offers a Certificate in Social Ministry and Church to persons who complete a set of eight courses at the seminary and who have also completed a degree of Master of Social Work (MSW).

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Urban Theological Institute Certificate

The Urban Theological Institute (UTI) of The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) is dedicated to providing theological education to church leaders that is relevant and up-building for the African American community.

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Anglican Studies Certificate

For more than thirty-five years Episcopal seminarians have been receiving theological education at LTSP. In today's climate, we welcome those who are seeking formation, education and opportunity in both lay and ordained ministry in the Episcopal Church.

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The Master of Divinity — Co-operative Model

New, first of its kind model: Students graduate in three years with a full Master of Divinity degree, a strong foundation in spiritual formation, and three years of congregational leadership experience.

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Doctor of Philosophy

The DOCTOR of PHILOSOPHY (PhD) program at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) equips persons for vocations of teaching and research and for the scholarly enhancement of ministerial practice in accord with the standards of the Association of Theological Schools (ATS).

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Master of Sacred Theology

The MASTER of SACRED THEOLOGY (STM) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) emphasizes academic accomplishment, providing fuller mastery of an area or discipline of theological study.

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Master of Divinity

The MASTER of DIVINITY PROGRAM (MDiv) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares leaders from 30 denominations for a wide range of pastoral ministries in the Christian church.

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Master of Arts in Religion

The MASTER of ARTS in RELIGION (MAR) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) prepares students for further academic study and ministerial leadership in the Christian Church.

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Master of Arts in Public Leadership

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The MASTER OF ARTS in PUBLIC LEADERSHIP (MAPL) at The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP) trains those committed to making a difference in the world through public leadership.

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Doctor of Ministry

Designed as a flexible program, the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) is an advanced professional degree designed to enhance the practice of ministry. It presupposes both the completion of a first professional degree in theology and experience in a field of full-time ministry. It provides a discipline through which active pastors/ministers can reflect critically and further develop professional skills. It is normally undertaken as a part-time program.

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