Prospective Students

Contact the Office of Admissions
Phone: (800)-264-1839 (toll free)
Phone: (502) 992-9373

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Visit Our Campus

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

Plan a visit today
On-campus visits are 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 explore metropolitan Louisville.

Exploratory Days
Fall: October 1-2, 2020 | Registration Deadline: September 24, 2020
Spring: March 4-5, 2021 | Registration Deadline: February 25, 2021
Registration Fee: $25 (per prospective student; non-refundable)

Exploratory Days are held twice each year and are designed to give prospective master’s-level students a glimpse into the Louisville Seminary experience. You will have the opportunity to meet with seminary students, faculty, administrators, and staff; visit classes; attend chapel; and talk about preparing for seminary, financing a seminary education, charting an academic plan, ministry as a second vocation, dual degrees, caring for families while in seminary, going directly from college to seminary, and women in ministry. All meals and accommodations (including up to two nights in our on campus lodge for out of town guests) are included with the registration fee. A travel stipend is available to first-time out of town visitors.

*If you are interested in the Doctor of Ministry (DMin) degree (which is a seminar-based program) and want to do an on campus visit, please schedule by contacting the Admissions Office (refer to top of page for e-mail and phone numbers).

Exploratory Days Registration Form

Schedule an Individual Visit
If you are unable to visit us at one of our Exploratory Days, call the Office of Admissions at (502) 992-9373 to schedule an individual visit or complete the form below. Typically, we host individual visits on Tuesdays and Thursdays, or Wednesday mornings. If those days are not possible with your schedule, we are happy to make some accommodations. To help provide you with the best experience, please schedule your visit two weeks prior to your arrival date. A travel stipend is available to first-time visitors. Out of town visitors hosted by the Office of Admissions may stay in our Laws Lodge Retreat and Conference Center. Exploratory Days and individual visit schedules typically include the ability to attend class and worship (when in session), enjoy informal conversation with faculty and students, meet with staff, and tour the campus, including our seminary housing.

Individual Visit Request Form

Group Visit
Special arrangements for groups are available. We will reimburse your gas expense up to $200 when three or more prospective students are accompanied by a group sponsor. Group visits require a two-week notice.

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

Master's Application

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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

Click here for the Doctor of Ministry Degree Admission information.