Admissions Application - MAPL (Master of Arts in Public Leadership)

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  Application Overview

Master of Arts in Public Leadership

Please read this carefully before completing your application form. 

  1. Answer all questions completely.
  2. Autobiographical essay should be typewritten on 8.5 x 11 white paper, double-spaced, three to five pages long, you may send the essay to Please include:
    1. How faith forms your sense of vocation and how you envision your faith relating to public leadership.
    2. What preparation do you bring to this course of study? Be specific about previous academic work, volunteer experience, and employment that prepared you to benefit from this course of study?
    3. What do you hope to gain from your study of Public Leadership? Identify your vocational goals and the way in which you expect your study of Public Leadership to help you realize these goals?
  3. Proposed course of study using the format provided in the application, outline your ideal program of study, identifying potential courses from LTSP and partner institutions (Fox School of Business, Temple University School of Social Work, etc.) as well as potential field work sites that would best support your learning goals. 
  4. Provide three letters of reference. Letters should be signed and sent directly to the Admissions Office. Please include:
    1. Vocational reference. A person who has served as a mentor in public leadership and who can speak to your ability to succeed in such a vocation.
    2. Academic reference. A professor with whom you have studied or, if you have been out of school for several years, a work supervisor or someone capable of addressing your academic abilities.
    3. Personal reference. A person who knows you well (other than a relative) and can speak to your personal qualities.
  5. Submit transcripts from all post-high school academic work. Transcripts must be issued directly to the Admissions Office or be official, sealed copies from the registrar.
  6. Attach a check or money order for $40.00, payable to The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia or use the link to the online shopping cart on the thank you page following submission.
Contact Information
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Pursuit of Studies
If admitted, indicate when you plan to begin study:

Campus housing is only available to full-time students. Priority is given to first year students based on the date the housing application is received.

If you do not plan to live on campus, there are several options open to you. Resident commuters live on campus Sunday evening through Thursday and often spend weekends at home. Some commuters wish to stay on campus one or two nights per week in an apartment that is shared with other commuters. A commuter lounge is available for those who will be commuting on a daily basis.

Financial Aid
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List colleges / universities / seminaries attended with dates and degrees. Have the registrars of each of the institutions listed below send official transcripts to the admissions office.

If yes, please discuss in your autobiographical essay.
Church Affiliation
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For members of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA)
If "Yes"
(For example, where employed, type of work, dates)

List below the names, addresses, phone numbers and, if available, email addresses of your three references. Click Here to download a Reference Form to print a hard copy and give to a reference to complete. (Forms are in Adobe Acrobat PDF format. Get Adobe Acrobat Reader.)

Reference # 1 (Vocational Reference)
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Reference # 2 (Academic Reference)
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Reference # 3 (Personal Reference)
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Proposed Course of Study
Note that this proposed course of study in neither binding or final, but is intended to facilitate course planning and resource evaluation for both student and the schools.
A. Required Coursework
  1. The Public Use of Sacred Scripture
  2. God-Talk and Public Leadership
  3. Church History and Public Leadership
  4. The Ethics of Public Leadership


D. Identify four courses in an area of professional concentration and the partner institution with which you intend to work
examples of areas of professional concentration are: social work, business, law, healthcare.
E. Identify several potential sites for first year Field Work and second year Internship/Co-op
First year Field Work is 6-12 hrs/wk.  Second year Internship/Co-op is 15-20 hrs/wk.  If known provide additional contact information
Site #1
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  • You may be asked to have a personal interview with the Admissions Committee.
  • In addition to the information you have provided, the Seminary reserves the right to solicit information from anyone who is in a position to evaluate your qualifications.
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