Prospective Students

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Phone: (800)-264-1839 (toll free)
Phone: (502) 992-9373

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Visit Our Campus

NOTE: Out of an abundance of care and caution due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the Office of Admissions at Louisville Seminary is suspending in-person campus visits until further notice. We encourage prospective students to participate in one of our upcoming virtual recruitment events. If you provide us with your contact information (complete form here or email, we will keep you informed of these events and other online resources that will be helpful as you discern your call to Louisville Seminary, and we will let you know when we resume in-person visits.

Plan a virtual visit today
Interacting with the campus, even from afar, is encouraged as a part of your decision-making process. Experience first-hand the community at Louisville Seminary by meeting with faculty, students and staff. Attend classes, tour the campus, join the community in worship and learn about life in Louisville. If you are unable to attend a virtual Exploratory Days event, please send an email to to request a virtual individual visit opportunity.

Open House
For a 20-minute introduction to Louisville Seminary with the opportunity to chat with some current students, register for a virtual Open House session. Our open house events will be held on the last Monday of each month (October 26, November 30, January 25, February 22, March 29, and April 26) at either 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. EST. All events will provide the same information, with an opportunity for Q&A with current students and Admissions Office staff.

To register for one of our virtual open houses, visit: The registration deadline is the Friday prior to the scheduled Monday Open House. If you register late, then you will receive a confirmation email with the link to join the Open House on Monday prior to the time session for which you registered.

If you attend a fall virtual Open House and have a completed application to a master’s level program on file by December 1, 2020, YOUR APPLICATION FEE WILL BE WAIVED!

Exploratory Days (Virtual)
If you’d like a more in-depth experience, join us for our virtual Spring Exploratory Days event. This event will span the week of March 1-5, 2021, and will include chapel worship, vocational discernment and small group time, a faculty meet and greet, and the opportunity to sit-in on as many classes as you’d like for the week.

To register for virtual Spring Exploratory Days, visit: The registration deadline is February 24.

For questions, contact the Office of Admissions at (502)-992-9373 or (800)-264-1839, ext. 373 or

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

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

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For questions, contact the Office of Admissions at:

Admissions Office
Becky Young, Admissions Specialist
(502) 992-9369 or (800)-264-1839, ext. 369

Financial Aid

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Doctor of Ministry Admission

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