Master of Divinity and MA in Christian Ministry


Applicants must have or be completing requirements for a bachelor's degree from an accredited institution.


Application Process:

Submit Your Application and Supplemental Application:

Click Here for the Master of Divinity application

Click Here for the Master of Arts in Christian Ministry application

Supplemental Application for both programs

The Supplemental Application is an interactive PDF form which you can email to It requires Adobe Acrobat Reader 8.0 to access.  (Get Adobe Acrobat Reader)


Pay the $35.00 Application Fee (non-refundable)

Pay Online


Make checks payable to Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary and send to:

Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Attn: Admissions Office
4201 North Main St.
Columbia, SC 29203


Autobiographical Essay

Please email your essay to

Complete an autobiographical essay setting forth in 600-800 words:
-Your reasons for applying to seminary
-An assessment of your strengths and weaknesses as an applicant for theological studies
-The significant events of your life, your Christian experience, and your relationship to the church


References (Three)

The letter of recommendation forms should be signed, if you choose, and given immediately to the following referees:
1) Your Pastor
2) A faculty member, an advisor in an academic setting, or a supervisor who is acquainted with your work ethic
3) A non-relative lay person who has known you in a leadership role or professional setting

- Download the reference form here


Official Transcripts

Official transcripts from college and graduate work should be mailed directly to the seminary. If you are currently completing your degree, the post-graduate transcript should be mailed to the seminary at the earliest possible date after commencement.


Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary
Attn: Admissions Office
4201 Main St.
Columbia, SC 29203-5898


Prospective Students

Contact Admissions:
(803) 461-3238
(800) 804-5233 (toll free)
Fax: (803) 461.3285
4201 North Main Street
Columbia, S.C. 29203


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