Application Overview

Doctor of Ministry (DMin) / Master of Sacred Theology (STM)

Please read this carefully before completing your application online.

General Information

Previous Names – please provide any previous name(s) if you have changed your name since completing your undergraduate or graduate degrees.

Primary Phone – The number at which you would like us to contact you during the application process and for a final decision.

Email Address – The e-mail address at which you can be contacted during the application process.

Addresses – If you do not currently reside at your home address (e.g. you are away at school), please provide both your home/permanent and current addresses.


Transcripts - We require an official transcript from all institutions at which you have studied regardless of whether a degree was granted. Transfer students must also have a letter of good standing sent from the Dean of your current seminary. Mailing address for the Office of Admissions is on the back of this page.  Due to the Family Education Rights Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the United Lutheran Seminary (ULS) policy requires; it be the stated recipient, ULS will not share transcripts with any entity.  

Grade Point Average –The minimum GPA expected of applicants, from previous graduate course work, is 3.0.


You are asked to provide us with three references. Forms will be emailed from ULS, please have the email addresses of your references ready when completing the online application. Due to the Family Education Rights Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the ULS policy requires original references for your application.

Dean/Professor  – This reference should be from an academic setting who is acquainted with your academic abilities (if it has been some time since your previous academic work, choose someone who can vouch for your ability to do advanced degree work.

Professional – This is to be written by a church council/official board or a professional peer.

Ecclesiastical - The final reference is to be from your bishop or ecclesiastical superior.

Statement of Ministry  

Your “Statement of Ministry” must be typed 600-800-words, submitted in PDF (preferred) or MS Word format. Please address the following questions:

1.    A description of your present context of ministry.

2.    An assessment of present strengths and areas for growth in ministry or academic study.

3.    A description of your professional goals in ministry or the academy.

4.    An explanation of major (STM) or focus (DMin) which you might pursue in your graduate study and how it might relate to an STM thesis (if thesis track) or a DMin project.

5.    Please indicate if you have any health concerns that may affect your ability to study or of which the seminary should be apprised.

Other Information

Application Fee – There is a non-refundable $50.00 application fee.  

Application Deadlines – Although it is wise to apply between 9 months and twelve month prior to your intended start date, to be considered for admission for the fall semester your application must be completed and ALL*documents  received by July15th.  Spring applications must be completed, and ALL* documents received by November 15th.  After you begin the application process as new materials arrive you will be regularly notified of your application status by email.


Financial Aid – United Lutheran Seminary is excited to announce scholarships for ALL students enrolled in degree seeking programs.  These scholarships, in partnership with outside student support, ensure that ALL degree-seeking students have their education fully funded.  

We encourage every student to apply for financial aid, we suggest that you do so at the same time you apply for admission. In order to be eligible for aid you must be ADMITTED by July 30th for Fall and November 30th for Spring. You may apply for federal aid at, and you must also complete the Institutional Financial Aid Application.  Otherwise you will receive notification of your financial aid package once you have completed the appropriate forms. Financial aid questions: 215-248-6301 (Mon. - Fri. 8:30AM - 5:00PM) or

Housing - Contact Director of Housing, Wendy Mizenko for housing information and forms.

Transfer Students - Transfer students must complete the regular application form. In addition, a letter of good standing from your current seminary is required for admission.

Contact information - We are here to help.  Please let us know if you have any questions.  

Admissions Team: Deacon Nancy Gable and Marlita Lee

Tel: 215.248.7302/ Fax: 215.248.7315

Mailing Address:

United Lutheran Seminary

Office of Admissions

7301 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19119-1794