Gettysburg Seminary Application for Admission

To complete the application process submit the following:                                                                                                                                                                       

  • Application for Admission
  • Essay

For Master of Divinity and Master of Arts in Ministerial Studies applicants:

Attach a copy of your ELCA candidacy entrance essay OR a typed “Autobiographical Essay” setting forth in approximately 1200 words:

1)     The significant events in your life, your Christian experience, your relationship to the church;

2)     An assessment of your strengths and weaknesses as a candidate for a church career; and

3)     Why you decided to attend seminary.

For Master of Arts in Religion applicants:

Attach a typed essay setting forth in approximately 800-1000 words:

1)     An articulation of your sense of vocation;

2)     Why you believe your selected discipline is an important one in the current cultural climate; and

3)     The experiences you bring with you that will enable you to engage in this field of study OR the gifts you hope to develop during your time in seminary.

  • Official transcripts from all colleges/universities attended;
  • References

A Pastoral, an Academic or Professional, and a Leadership Reference are all required.

The Instructions Concerning Letters of Recommendation form found under the LTSG Prospective Students tab must accompany all recommendations.  

  • Authorization for Release Form;
  • Application Fee of $35.00 (non-refundable), either online by credit card or by a check or money order made payable to LTSG;
  • Judicatory process

Those applying for the Master of Divinity or Master of Arts in Ministerial Studies or Affiliation must also have support from their church.

1)     Lutheran applicants for the MDiv or MAMS degree or Affiliation must contact their Synod office.  The ELCA Candidacy policy is:

ELCA seminaries will normally not extend an offer of admissions to an ELCA applicant until receiving notification of a positive entrance decision (“readiness for theological study”) by a Candidacy Committee. An applicant who has entered, but not yet completed the entrance step in Candidacy, may receive a provisional offer of admissions by the Seminary. Such a provisional offer may be withdrawn without a subsequent positive entrance decision by the Candidacy Committee by December 1.

2)     Non-Lutheran applicants for the MDiv or MAMS degree must provide a letter from their judicatory body that states support for this academic and field experience venture.



LTSG has no specific deadline dates for admission, but we encourage applicants to submit application materials at least two months before the beginning of classes to allow for review by the Faculty Admissions Committee.  Scholarships are awarded on a rolling basis, but ELCA students seeking ordination, commissioning, or consecration who wish to be considered for the ELCA Fund For Leaders scholarship must be admitted before February 15th.  Files are reviewed after all materials are received and applicants are notified of a decision within two weeks.   


Financial Aid

All full time and part time degree-seeking applicants are eligible for LTSG scholarships.  Any degree seeking applicant registered for 6 or more credits may also apply for Federal loans.  Applicants must fill out an In-house Financial Aid Application found on the LTSG website under the Prospective Students tab.  Applicants applying by the February 15th deadline will be considered for the best possible award; after the February deadline applicants will receive an award based on available scholarship funds and will be reconsidered for full award the following academic year. 



You may apply for housing before you have sent in your signed Acceptance of Admission form and $100 deposit.  However, if we do not receive your deposit by May 30th, we reserve the right to offer your assigned housing to someone else, regardless of whether or not you have signed and returned a lease.  You may find a housing application and other housing information online under the Prospective Students tab.

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