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Admissions Application - MAR/MDiv

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Application Overview

Master of Arts in Religion (MAR), Master of Divinity (MDiv),
Certificate of Theological Studies,
Certificate in Anglican Studies, Certificate in Theological Studies,
Certificate in Social Ministry and Church, TEEM, Affiliate

Please read this carefully before completing your application form.

General Information

Previous Names – please provide any previous name(s) if you have changed your name since completing your undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Primary Phone – The number at which you would like us to contact you during the application process.

Email Address – The e-mail address at which you can be contacted during the application process.

Addresses – If you do not currently reside at your home address (e.g. you are away at school), please provide both your home/permanent and current addresses.


Transcripts - We require an official transcript from all institutions at which you have studied regardless of whether a degree was granted. Transfer students must also include a letter of good standing from the Dean of your current seminary.

International Students - If your institution(s) does not provide a transcript please submit a copy of each diploma or certificate received.


Pastoral – The pastoral reference must be from a pastor who has known you in the past year.

Academic reference – This is to be written by a professor who has taught you. If you have been out of school for some time you can use a work supervisor (or work peer).

Personal reference - The final reference is to be from someone that knows you well that is not a relative.

Click Here to download a Reference Form to print as hard copy and give to a reference to complete and mail. (The form is an Adobe PDF file - Get Adobe Acrobat Reader here.)

Autobiographical Essay

A double-spaced, 5-7 page essay should address: 

1)  Your family background and significant events in your life.

2)  Your faith journey, sense of call, and relationship to the Church.

3)  An assessment of your strengths and areas for growth.

4)  Your reasons for applying to seminary.

5)  Your reasons for applying to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia (LTSP).

How you intend to study

Full-time – Taking at least 4 units (12 credits) per semester.

Part-time - Anything less then 4 units (12 credits) per semester.

Other Information

There is a non-refundable $40.00 application fee. The fee is due before your file will be processed by the admission committee. You can make checks or money orders payable to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia or you can pay online as part of completing and submitting the form below.

Application Deadlines - Although it is wise to apply between nine and twelve months prior to your intended starting date, LTSP has a rolling admissions process. In order to be admitted for the fall semester applications must be completed by the end of July. For Spring, applications must be completed by the first week of December. If you have begun the application process you will be notified of the your application status by email as materials arrive.

Once all of your application materials are received you are considered for admission at the next meeting of the Admissions Committee, which meets at least once a month. You are informed of the committee’s decision by letter as soon as it is made.

You can download forms or apply online by completing the form below. For further questions please contact

Financial Aid - Should you plan to apply for financial aid, we suggest that you do so at the same time you apply for admission. If you do, and you qualify for admission, you will receive a provisional financial aid package along with your acceptance letter. Otherwise you will receive notification of your financial aid package within one month of completing the appropriate forms. For additional information about financial aid, including merit scholarships, and financial aid. Information and application are available at here.

Housing - Housing application forms are sent along with letters of acceptance.

Transfer Students - Transfer students must complete the regular application form. In addition, a letter of good standing from your current seminary is required for admission.