Master's Application

Applications for Fall 2020 admissions will open October 1, 2019.

For questions, contact the Office of Admissions at:

Admissions Office
Becky Young, Admissions Specialist
(502)-895-3411 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 contact the Office of Admissions 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.

Deadline for Application
The deadline for fall admission to the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts (Religion) program is February 1 if the applicant seeks a Scholarship for Excellence. The final deadline for fall admission is June 1. For spring admission, the deadline is November 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 February 1 for admission the following fall.

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

See current Admissions Calendar.

Application Fee, Background Check 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 year-long denominational or national volunteer program such as the 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 . The cost of this background screening is $36.00 unless the applicant has additional counties that need to be researched.

A master's degree application application is not considered complete without a $50.00 application fee, essay responses, background check, 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.

All applicants for Master’s level degree programs are required to be interviewed. 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, over the phone, or over Skype. Scheduling will be worked out between the committee member 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 during the Exploratory/first weekend in March.

The Seminary reserves the right to request an additional interview or information from any applicant. Call (800)-264-1839 for more information, or email admissions@lpts.edu . Applicants who are denied admission may reapply for admission after one year.

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. Students admitted in the spring semester must receive permission from the Dean to enroll in foundational courses that require previous semesters in sequence such as History of Christian Experience II and Scripture II.

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 contact the 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 reference from a previous institution.

Deadline for Application
MAMFT Applications are due no later than February 1, with interviews held in early March at Louisville Seminary. Each completed application, if submitted by the February 1 deadline, is considered for a Scholarship for Excellence. There is no spring admission for the MAMFT program.

The deadline for International Students is February 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.

MAMFT Application Fee, Background Check and Transcripts
MAMFT Applications require a $50.00 non-refundable fee. 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 . The cost of this background screening is $36.00 unless the applicant has additional counties that need to be researched.

An application is not considered complete without an application fee, background check, essay responses, and transcripts from all colleges, universities, and seminaries attended. It is the applicant's responsibility to insure that all information is complete. Transfer students must also submit a letter of good standing from the Office of the Dean.

For Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy applicants, an extensive interview process is required for admissions and occurs in person during the Exploratory/first weekend in March.

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 write answers to all the questions for your degree program. Dual degree applicants should complete the essays for one degree and make a separate application to the second degree at another time. You may submit these essays by attaching a Word document and send it 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
Click here to access the application 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 have the endorsement of 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). They 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 February 1 for admission the following fall. International applicants should contact the Office of Admissions for details on necessary credentials and procedures. More information can also be found here .

Special Admission
Louisville Seminary believes that a bachelor's degree is important preparation for theological study and ordinarily requires one for all applicants for admissions. Prospective students who do not have a degree but who have done substantial college-level work and who show evidence of promise for ministry may, in unusual circumstances be, admitted into Louisville Seminary. To find more details about requirements and stipulations of such admission, please click here .

Applications to our Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and Master of Arts (Religion) degree programs from persons who do not have a college degree or who are graduates of a college without regional accreditation will not be considered under any circumstances.

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 Office of the Registrar .

Admissions Calendar

The following calendar is designed to assist you in the application process. Please refer to these dates as you apply to Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary for admission, scholarships, and financial aid.

date
February 1Application Deadline for fall admission to the Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy (MAMFT) degree program.

Application Deadline for international students for all degree programs.

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

Note: No special or probationary admission for spring or in the MAMFT degree program.
February 1Nomination Deadline for Scholarships for Excellence consideration. Nominees must have a completed admission application on file with the Admissions Office by this date for consideration.
April 15Priority Housing Deadline for fall. Housing requests made after this date will be filled as space is available.
June 1Application Deadline for fall admission to the MDIV and MAR degree programs.
December 1Housing Deadline for spring.

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

Your visit will help you and your family to get a glimpse of the Louisville Seminary experience. Whether you come on your own or during an Exploratory Weekend, you will have the opportunity to:
  • Meet with Seminary students, faculty, and administration
  • Visit classes
  • Participate in one of our chapel services
  • Take a tour of 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 $100. If you have applied for admission to Louisville Seminary, we will reimburse your travel up to $200.

Please contact the Admissions Office to set up an appointment: (800)-264-1839 .

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 $100.00.

The required tuition deposit for Doctor of Ministry students is $150.00.

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

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