Application Overview

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


Please read this carefully before completing your application online.


General Information

Previous Names – 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.

Education

Official Transcripts - All institutions at which you have studied regardless of whether a degree was granted.
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Transfer students  must also have a letter of good standing sent from the Dean of your current institution.
- 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.

References

Reference forms will be emailed from ULS. Ensure reference email addresses are accurate. Provide their first and last names ONLY.
ULS policy requires original references for your application.
Due to the Family Education Rights Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), the ULS policy requires original references for your application.
Dean/Professor  
– 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

Must be typed 600-800-words, Times New Roman, 12-point font, doubled spaced, submitted in PDF(preferred) or MS Word format.
All applicants must address each of the below questions in their essay.

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 $50.00 (Non-Refundable)
Fall Application Deadline June 1st*
Spring Application Deadline November 1st*

*Completed application, fee, essay, transcripts, and references are due by the deadline.
It is wise to apply at least six months prior to your intended start date. After you begin the application process as new materials arrive you will be regularly notified of your application status by email.

Admissions decisions are made by June 15th for Fall and November 15th for Spring.
Financial Aid and Housing Application Deadlines are June 30th for Fall and November 30th for Spring.

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.

To be eligible for Financial Aid you must be ADMITTED by June 15th for Fall and November 15th for Spring.

You must apply for federal aid at www.fafsa.ed.gov, and you must also complete the Institutional Financial Aid Application after you have been admitted and received a ULS email account. Otherwise you will receive notification of your financial aid package once you have completed the appropriate forms.
For financial aid questions, call 215-248-6301 Monday – Friday (8:30am – 5:00pm) or email: FinancialAid@uls.edu

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

Contact information -
Admissions Team:
Deacon Nancy Gable and Marlita Lee
Tel: 215.248.7302
Fax: 215.248.7315
Email:admissions@uls.edu
Mailing Address:
United Lutheran Seminary

Office of Admissions
7301 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia PA 19119-1794