Master's Application

Applications for Fall 2021 are being accepted on October 1, 2020.

For questions, contact the Office of Admissions at:

Admissions Office
Becky Young, Admissions Specialist
(502)-992-9369 or (800)-264-1839, ext. 369
Email: byoung@lpts.edu

MDiv/MAR Application Details

Master of Divinity and Master of Arts (Religion) Applicants
The application for admission is available online only. Please email byoung@lpts.edu if you have any questions or problems using the online application.

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are responsible for communicating with recommenders and for ensuring that the required reference letters are submitted to the Office of Admissions. Once reference forms are received by the Office of Admissions, they become the property of Louisville Seminary and applicants will not be allowed to review them. One reference must be by a faculty/academic advisor from an educational institution you have attended.

Deadline for Application
The deadline for fall admission to the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts (Religion) program is June 1. The priority deadline to be considered for a Presidential Scholarship is February 1. Invited applicants may come to the seminary for a campus visit or may schedule a phone interview with the Admissions Committee.

The deadline for International Students is December 1 for admission the following fall.

The deadline for Special Students, and those probationary candidates with a bachelor's below a 2.5 GPA is February 1. All applicants for Master’s level degree programs are required to be interviewed. Please see below for more information.

Applicants for master's level degree programs may be required to interview. Please see below for more information.

See current Admissions Calendar.

Application Fee, Background Check, Interview, and Transcripts
Applications must be accompanied by a $50.00 non-refundable fee for master's programs, paid online or by check made payable to Louisville Seminary. If you are currently serving in a year-long volunteer program such as the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer Program, DOOR, or AmeriCorps, your $50.00 application fee may be waived upon request. Applicants must also provide a background check from www.castlebranch.com. Upon completion of the application, applicants will be given instructions to order package code LB88 by logging onto www.castlebranch.com. Applicants are responsible for paying the cost of this background screening.

A master's degree application is not considered complete without a $50.00 application fee, essay responses, background check, references, and transcripts from all colleges, universities, and seminaries attended. It is the applicant's responsibility to insure that transcripts are sent to the Office of Admissions. Transfer students must also submit a letter of good standing from the Office of the Dean of their current school.

Applicants for Master’s level degree programs may be required to interview. For Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Religion applicants, this interview will be with a member of the Admissions Committee and can be in person or over the phone. Scheduling will be worked out between the committee members and the applicant. For Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy applicants, an extensive interview process is required for admissions and occurs in person, usually during the Spring Exploratory Days.

The Seminary reserves the right to request an additional interview or information from any applicant. Call (502)-992-9373 or (800)-264-1839, ext. 373 for more information, or email admissions@lpts.edu.

Admission and Matriculation
An applicant who is admitted to the Seminary should indicate acceptance by filing a tuition deposit with the Office of Admissions. Applicants in good standing may choose to defer enrollment for up to one year from the initial semester of application. Admitted applicants who complete their bachelor's degree the semester before beginning seminary must forward final college transcripts to the Office of Admissions certifying the degree and date of graduation.

Questions? Call us at (800)-264-1839 or (502)-992-9369 or email us.

MFT Application Details

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Applicants
The application for admission is available online only. Please email Office of Admissions if you have any questions or problems accessing the application.

Letters of Recommendation
Applicants are responsible for communicating with recommenders and for ensuring that the required reference letters are submitted to the Office of Admissions. Once reference forms are received by the Office of Admissions, they become the property of Louisville Seminary and applicants will not be allowed to review them. One reference must be a faculty/academic advisor from an educational institution you have attended.

Deadline for Application
The deadline for MAMFT applications is February 1, with interviews held in early March at Louisville Seminary. All applicants who apply by February 1, including MAMFT applicants will be considered for Presidential Scholarships.

MAMFT Application Fee, Background Check, Interview, and Transcripts
Applications must be accompanied by a $50.00 non-refundable fee for master's programs, paid online or by check made payable to Louisville Seminary. If you are currently serving in a year-long volunteer program such as the PC(USA) Young Adult Volunteer Program, DOOR, or AmeriCorps, your $50.00 application fee may be waived upon request. Applicants must also provide a background check from www.castlebranch.com. Upon completion of the application, applicants will be given instructions to order package code LB88 by logging onto www.castlebranch.com. Applicants are responsible for paying the cost of this background screening.

A master's degree application is not considered complete without a $50.00 application fee, essay responses, background check, references, and transcripts from all colleges, universities, and seminaries attended. It is the applicant's responsibility to insure that transcripts are sent to the Office of Admissions. Transfer students must also submit a letter of good standing from the Office of the Dean of their current school.

Applicants for Master’s level degree programs may be required to interview. For Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Religion applicants, this interview will be with a member of the Admissions Committee and can be in person or over the phone. Scheduling will be worked out between the committee members and the applicant. For Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy applicants, an extensive interview process is required for admissions and occurs in person, usually during the Spring Exploratory Days.

Admission and Matriculation
An applicant who is admitted to the Seminary should indicate acceptance by filing a tuition deposit with the Office of Admissions. Applicants in good standing may choose to defer enrollment for up to one year from the initial semester of application. Admitted applicants who complete their bachelor's degree the semester before beginning seminary must forward final college transcripts to the Office of Admissions certifying the degree and date of graduation.

Questions? Call us at (800)-264-1839 or (502)-992-9369 or email us.

Essay Prompts

These essays should accompany your online application form. Please submit these essays by attaching a Word or PDF document to Becky Young at byoung@lpts.edu.

Master of Divinity Applicants
  1. In an autobiographical essay, tell us what leads you to apply for admission to the Master of Divinity degree program. Please reflect on your life journey including areas such as family, education, work, community, and church experiences, especially those that you view as significant turning points or that have contributed to your sense of the call of God on your life. (750-1000 words)
  2. Short answer questions (max of 250 words for each prompt):
    • Describe the type of ministry (congregational pastor, chaplain, youth minister, counselor, teacher, etc.) that interests you. Why do you find this type of ministry interesting?
    • What do you think are the most important gifts that ministry professionals must have to be successful? Why are these gifts important?
    • What gifts do you have for ministry now and what are the areas where you can grow? Describe some events, words of advice, spiritual practices, or studies that have helped you identify these gifts. Also describe the sorts of activities and practices that help you to nurture and develop them.
  3. Provide a resume or CV detailing your work history, including dates of employment, employer, position, and a brief description of your work.
  4. How do you anticipate that your education at Louisville Seminary will help you prepare for ministry and further develop your gifts?
  5. Write an essay responding to one of the following prompts. There are no “right” or “wrong” answers to the questions. Your essay should demonstrate your best writing skills, use proper citation, and indicate your ability to think critically and creatively. (750-1000 words)
    • People have different opinions about the relationship between religion and politics, ranging from belief that church and state should be entirely separate to belief that religion requires one to engage in public discourse. Discuss why the church should or should not venture into the arena of politics.
    • Some contend that human beings are significantly responsible for climate change and its threat to flourishing life. Others are skeptical of this analysis and argue that the climate is always changing naturally. Should the church address this issue? If so, how?
    • Muslims are planning to build a mosque and educational center in the vicinity of your church. Members are responding in mixed fashion: some are worried and expressing opposition, while others are eager to be good neighbors. Whether as lay leader or pastor, how would you help to guide your church in this situation?
    • Violence, or the threat of violence, influences countless aspects of life in today’s world. Choose a form of violence (militarism and war, terrorism, domestic abuse, drug-related or poverty-related crime, etc.) and comment on what should be the role of Christian leaders in shaping a faithful response.
    • Members or groups within churches or service organizations frequently have divergent or conflicting needs and wants. Choose a specific area of church or social service work (such as worship, education, mission, or social activities) and describe how groups can conflict over this aspect of ministry. If you were in a position of leadership in such an organization, how would you work to mediate the conflict?
Submit all essays in a single Word document or other text file. Please attach the file and send it to Becky Young at byoung@lpts.edu.

Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy Applicants
  1. Give an autobiographical account of your life course and family history, highlighting transgenerational themes that contribute to your interest in marriage and family therapy.
  2. Why are you interested in marriage and family therapy at this time? What factors led you to decide to pursue studies and what type of ministry in the field of marriage and family therapy do you hope to pursue in the next five years?
  3. Please write a 2-3 page summary of an interaction with a person in which you played a helpful role. Include an introduction, verbatim quotes in the middle section, and then give a brief analysis of the situation. A CPE verbatim will suffice for this. Take measures to safeguard the anonymity of the person with whom you spoke.
  4. Include a full resume that outlines any previous clinical experience, practice, supervision, training, work experience and courses that relate to your background in this field - this should also include copies of final evaluations from clinical pastoral education supervisors, if applicable.
  5. What has influenced you to apply to Louisville Seminary and its Marriage and Family Therapy degree program? (100-200 words)
Submit all essays in a single Word document or other text file. Please attach the file and send it to Becky Young at byoung@lpts.edu.

Master of Arts (Religion) Applicants
  1. In an essay, tell us what leads you to apply for an admission to the Master of Arts in Religion degree program. What is your area of concentration (Bible or Religious Thought)? Please reflect on your life journey including areas such as family, education, vocation, call to ministry, etc. (750-1000 words)
  2. What is your understanding of who God is and what is the basis for this belief? Make sure that the essay demonstrates your best writing skills and an ability to think critically as it will serve as a writing sample for the Admissions Committee. (750-1000 words)
  3. What do you see as the advantages and disadvantages of studying at a church-related seminary as opposed to a department of religion or school of divinity at a university? (300-500 words)
  4. Provide a resume or CV detailing your work history, including dates of employment, employer, position, and a brief description of your work.
  5. What has influenced you to apply for admission to Louisville Seminary? (100-200 words)
Submit all essays in a single Word document or other text file. Please attach the file and send it to Becky Young at byoung@lpts.edu.

Reference Forms

Required references for the Masters of Divinity, Masters of Arts (Religion) degrees:
  • Academic Reference*
  • Pastoral Reference
  • Personal or Professional Reference
Required references for the Masters of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy applications degree:
  • Academic Reference*
  • Personal Reference
  • Professional Reference

*If it has been more than five years since you were in school and you cannot find an academic reference, ask someone who knows your academic ability and intellectual curiosity, as well as your classroom interaction and performance. Leaders of professional development events, training classes, and continuing education classes may be a good source of reference. If you need additional help identifying someone to provide an academic reference, please contact the Office of Admissions.

Click here to access the MDiv/MAMFT/MAR Reference Form

Transfer, Special Admission, International, and Non-Degree Students

Transfer Students
In addition to other required application materials, students transferring from other seminaries must submit official transcripts, field education reports and evaluations (if applicable), evaluations of clinical pastoral education experiences (if applicable), and a letter of good standing from the institution. The Louisville Seminary Dean's Office determines the available transfer of credits after a student has completed the necessary admissions form.

International Students
Students from international settings are welcome and Louisville Seminary recognizes a responsibility to nurture these students who are preparing to serve their own national churches. The Seminary normally requires international students to be endorsed their national church. Students must be able to read, write, and understand English by showing proficiency through the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). International applicants with citizenship in countries where English is the official language are exempt from the English language test requirement. The table found here list the qualifying countries and programs. If your country is not listed here, you are required to submit a TOEFL test scores.

International students must also demonstrate sufficient financial resources to meet their needs. Admission as a regular student and degree candidate requires a BA or equivalent. Applications for international students must be completed by December 1 for admission the following fall. International applicants should email admissions@lpts.edu for details on necessary credentials and procedures. More information can also be found here.

NOTE: There are a number of steps to complete before international students can matriculate into any of our programs. Please refer to this link to help you navigate this process.

Special Admission
Louisville Seminary requires a baccalaureate degree from an institution of higher education that is accredited by a U.S. agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation, or is approved by a Canadian provincial assurance agency, or is the demonstrated educational equivalent of an accredited or approved North American baccalaureate degree. Students requesting special admission to the Master of Divinity degree program without any baccalaureate degree must work with the Admissions Office to plan a program leading to a baccalaureate degree or its equivalent, either from a local institution or from an external degree program. Applicants must apply by February 1 for fall admission and must come for an interview with the Admissions Committee. For more information about special admission, please see pages 62-63 of the Academic Catalog here.

Non-Degree Students
The Seminary community welcomes persons for special study, not in a degree program, in as many as two classes per semester. All tuition and fees must be paid at the time of registration. If a non-degree student wishes to apply for admission to degree candidacy at a later date, up to 12 hours of course work successfully completed at Louisville Seminary within the last five years may be applied toward a degree. For more information on non-degree students contact the Registrar at scook@lpts.edu.

Admissions Calendar

Date 
February 1

Application Deadline for fall admission to the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) degree program.

Application Deadline for special or probationary consideration for fall admission to the Master of Arts (Religion) (MAR) and Master of Divinity (MDIV) degree programs.

Priority Deadline for Presidential Scholarship consideration for all master's programs. (No separate application is required.)

April 15

Priority Housing Deadline for fall. Housing requests made after this date will be filled as space is available.

June 1

Application Deadline for fall admission to the MDIV and MAR degree programs.

Application Deadline for international students to the Doctor of Ministry (DMIN) degree program.

November 1

Application Deadline for international students for all master's programs.

Come Visit Us

NOTE: While there have been no confirmed cases of the COVID-19 (“coronavirus”) respiratory disease on Louisville Seminary’s campus, out of an abundance of care and caution, the Office of Admissions at Louisville Seminary is suspending in-person campus visits until further notice. We are in the process of creating a virtual campus tour and virtual open house events. Once available, we will post information on our website and notify prospective students on our mailing list. Please contact the Office of Admissions if you would like to be added by completing this form: https://www.lpts.ed/forms/send-me-info, or emailing admissions@lpts.edu.

We hope you will come visit the learning and worshipping community of Louisville Seminary. You can schedule an individual visit or join a group of prospective students during one of our Exploratory Days events scheduled in March and October each year.

Your visit will help you to get a glimpse of the Louisville Seminary experience. Whether you come on your own or during Exploratory Days, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Meet with seminary students, faculty, and staff
  • Attend classes
  • Worship in one of our chapel services
  • Tour the Louisville Seminary campus and residential housing
If you contact us to arrange a campus visit, we can offer you assistance with lodging and meals, as well as a travel stipend of up to $150.

Please contact (502)-992-9373 or (800)-264-1839, ext. 373 or e-mail us at admissions@lpts.edu to arrange a visit.

Individual Visit Request Form

Application Fee and Tuition Deposit

Application Fees
The required application fee for Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Religion) and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy students is $50.00.

The required application fee for Doctor of Ministry students is $75.00.

Application fees for MDiv, MAR, MFT and DMin can be paid online via Click & Pledge .

Tuition Deposits
Once you have been approved for admission, your enrollment will be complete when we receive your non-refundable tuition deposit. These funds will be applied to your student account at the seminary.

The required tuition deposit for Master of Divinity, Master of Arts (Religion) and Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy students is $200.00.

The required tuition deposit for Doctor of Ministry students is $200.00.

Tuition deposits for MDiv, MAR, MFT, and DMin can be paid online via Click & Pledge . If paid online then an additional processing fee is added.

You may also submit your application fee (MDiv, MAR, MFT, and DMin) and tuition deposit (all degree programs) with a check made payable to:

Louisville Seminary
Office of Admissions
1044 Alta Vista Road
Louisville, KY 40205-1798