Prospective Students

Contact the Office of Admissions

Email: Admissions@lpts.edu
Phone: (800)-264-1839 (toll free)
Phone: (502) 992-9373

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Visit Our Campus

NOTE: The Office of Admissions at Louisville Seminary has resumed scheduling in-person campus visits. Only individuals who have received their Covid-19 vaccination and first booster shot will be permitted to schedule in-person visits, with proof of vaccination required. Additionally, we will be continuing our virtual Open House events during the fall and spring semesters. (See specific details below.) If you provide us with your contact information (complete form here or email admissions@lpts.edu), we will keep you informed of these events and other resources that will be helpful as you discern your call to Louisville Seminary.

Experience LPTS: Plan an in-person visit today

Visiting our campus in-person is encouraged as a part of your discernment process.

Are you being called as a minister, therapist, chaplain, public theologian, or other faith leader? Is Louisville Seminary the right stop on your vocational journey?

Visit our campus to Experience LPTS and we’ll help you discern your call.

Experience LPTS Campus Visit Days are offered on the following Thursdays, with the program running from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.:

Your immersive campus visit experience will include meeting with faculty, students, and staff, attending classes, touring our campus, and worshipping in chapel. For more information and to register, complete this form.

Virtual Open House Events

The Office of Admissions will be hosting the following virtual Open House events on different topics related to our degree programs and community life. All events will be held via Zoom from noon to 1 PM (ET). See full list of dates and topics below:

Oct. 7 – Get to know Louisville Seminary

Are you discerning a call to seminary? In this general open house session, you will learn about Louisville Seminary’s mission, vision, and values, our degree programs, including dual degree options, and our campus. You’ll have the opportunity to chat with our Director of Admissions and current students.

Nov. 4 – Faculty Meet & Greet

Join our faculty members for a casual meet and greet. Hear about their areas of scholarship, what courses they teach, books and projects they are currently working on, and what they love most about being part of the LPTS and greater Louisville community.

Dec. 2 – Two Open House Options: MAMFT Program & Practicum and MDiv Program & Field Education (for MDiv prospective students)

  • MAMFT Program & Practicum – Are you interested in our marriage and family therapy program? If so, this open house is especially for you. Learn about courses you will take, the cohort-based approach to learning, and the various opportunities to engage in hands-on therapy experience through practicum requirements.

  • MDiv Program & Field Education – At LPTS, we believe that it is important that our students learn both inside and outside of the classroom. All Master of Divinity students are required to complete 800 hours of field education as part of their graduation requirements. Come learn about MDiv education opportunities and hear from current students and recent alums about how their field ed experiences helped to shape their first call out of seminary.

Feb. 10 – MAR Program

What can I do with a Master of Arts in Religion degree? Meet with our Director of Admissions and MAR faculty members to learn about the program and hear the opportunities for this degree.

March 10 – Dual Degree Programs

Do you feel a call to ministry, but also feel potentially called to another professional career? A dual degree program may be the option for you. In addition to combining any of the master’s degrees we offer at Louisville Seminary (MDiv, MAR, MAMFT) we also offer dual programs in law, social work, and business in partnership with the University of Louisville. Join us to learn more about these opportunities, to chat with representatives from LPTS and from the University of Louisville.

April 14 – What can I do with a seminary degree?

Louisville Seminary provides a unique foundation of learning and experience that prepares our graduates for careers in diverse ministries. Join us for a panel discussion with Louisville Seminary alums who serve as therapists, congregational ministers, chaplains, professors, non-profit leaders, elected officials, and more.

To register for one or more of our virtual open houses, visit: https://www.lpts.edu/forms/virtual-open-house/. The registration deadline is the Friday prior to the scheduled Open House. If you register late, then you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the Open House if time allows prior to the time session for which you registered.

Exploring Your Vocation & Call

Is God Calling You?

In Psalm 139 the poet asks God, "Where can I go from your spirit? Or where can I flee from your presence?” God pursues us persistently, and this ultimately is comforting, for it is our Creator who knows us best, who “formed our inmost parts.” The God who has “written all our days” also has dreamed for each of us a plan perfectly fitted for our own talents and gifts. God calls us—and is calling someone even now—to use those gifts in service to Christ’s church.

Traditionally, Presbyterians have insisted that gifts for church leadership be developed through theological education. Our denominational seminaries provide unequalled instruction and training. Our gifted students arrive on the Louisville campus and then begin the process of becoming good pastors, counselors, and teachers—servant leaders equipped to help the people of God make theological and biblical sense out of our troubled but exciting world.

We train pastors who are lifelong learners and who assume personal responsibility for integrating classical theological knowledge with the skills and practices of congregational ministry. We challenge our students to live compassionate lives that are congruent with the gospel, taking seriously the commission of Jesus to spread the good news of salvation, justice, love, and mercy. In the skilled hands of our outstanding faculty, students are stretched, nurtured, and cherished as persons who are, in Paul’s words, “stewards of the mysteries of God.” We invite you to join us.

As you are discerning God’s call, we pray with you...

Almighty God, in Christ you pursue us with grace, lovingly capture us in your mercy, and set us free for humble service. Life-giving Spirit, you give each of us gifts for ministry; your purposes stir our souls and give our lives meaning. O Christ, give us courage to respond willingly to your call, relying always on your guidance, strength, and protection.

Resources for Discernment

Christian Vocation - PC(USA) Presbyterian Mission Agency
Equipping Vocational Discovery - Forum for Theological Exploration

Perspectives on Discernment

Marcus A. Hong

Discernment

by Marcus A. Hong
Director of Field Education
Assistant Professor of Practical Theology
Chapel Worship Coordinator

Debra Mumford

The Call of God Is Not all about You

by Debra Mumford
Dean of the Seminary
Frank H. Caldwell Associate Professor of Homiletics
Director of the Money Matters for Ministry Program

Dianne Reistroffer

Why you SHOULD come and NOT come to Seminary

by Dianne Reistroffer
Professor Emerita of Ministry and Methodist Studies

Dr. Susan R. Garrett

Discerning a Call to Ministry - Part I

Vocation or Call as a "form of desire"
by Susan R. Garrett
Professor of New Testament

Discerning a Call to Ministry - Part II

A Calling to the Learned Ministry
by Susan R. Garrett
Professor of New Testament

Master’s Application

Click here for more information about the master’s degree programs at LPTS.

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

Financial Aid

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Doctor of Ministry Admission

Click here for the Doctor of Ministry Degree Admission information.